Behind the Curtain

A lot of times, when I get emails, they’re addressed to “Miss SciFi and Scary” or “Dear SciFi and Scary”. I’ll be honest, this made me laugh a bit, but then I realized that I might not be cluing my readers in enough to who I am. So I decided to tidy up this about page a bit for your edification!

Who Runs Sci-Fi and Scary?

SciFi and Scary is run by Lilyn G., a female with a serious love of horror and “hard” science fiction.  I also have an almost obscene love for bad puns. Since the beginning of the year, including about 30 short stories, I have read 120 books according to my Goodreads Challenge for 2016. Pagewise, that comes out to 24, 174 pages as of 11:39 p.m. on 4/8/2106.

So, you could say: I Read. A Lot.

I also have a full-time job, and a kid with an incurable, eventually terminal illness. On top of that, I have severe PTSD, and insomnia.

Now, you’ll often see me use “we”. That’s because while this site is primarily run by just one person, I do have a helper.

A ClockWork Orange

“Miss L” the Mini-Reviewer


Miss L is (as of March 2016) now 7 years old. She reads at a fourth-grade level. She has her own occasional reviews on Kids’ Corner Saturdays. She is frequently peering over my shoulder, giving her input, asking me what I’m reading, etc. I treat her like a little adult, and the payoff is having a young child with some surprising insights and a serious book fetish as a result. So, it’s surprisingly natural to me to use “we” instead of “I” most of the time.

I am committed to giving the readers bluntly honest reviews of Science Fiction, Horror, and Thriller reads. Occasionally, books from other genres are picked up and reviewed, but only those that either fall under fantasy, or have enough sci-fi, horror, or thriller elements in them to qualify for listing will be reviewed.

Every Saturday is Kids’ Corner day, where attention is given solely to kids books and other issues pertaining to kids literacy.

Sundays are the only days in which you will not see book reviews posted on this site. Sundays are for laughs and general silliness.

If you tweet, you can [twitter-follow screen_name=’scifiandscary’]. While I do NOT take book review requests via Twitter, feel free to hit me up to chat about books or movies!

I do Instagram too, though I’m decidedly more relaxed on there, and you’re apt to see pictures of Miss L, my cats, brussel sprouts, etc. Still interested? Instagram

Also, you can find me on Facebook. I share Fort Bookworm with Allie from Allie’s Opinions .



Scifi and Scary Book Reviews is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

* “Amazon, the Amazon logo, MYHABIT, and the MYHABIT logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.”*

37 Responses to Behind the Curtain

  1. Pingback: Tagged: The Bedtime Book Tag | The Ultimate Book Geek

  2. Because, I too, have a first grader. Have you seen “The Book With No Pictures”? I read it to the class and they LOVED it. It’s a must read around here. Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours!

  3. Psst I nominated ya for the Creative Bloggers Award over here!

  4. Wendleberry says:

    I just followed you on twitter and instagram and added you on goodreads. Hope this is okay! 🙂

  5. Hi there! Thanks for commenting on my blog today—it brought me to your neat blog! 🙂 I don’t read as many sci-fi or thriller books as I would like, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing what books you recommend and review.
    ~Analee @ Book Snacks

  6. Pingback: Infinity Dream Award | The Bookgasm

  7. Pingback: The Sunshine Blogger Award | bookedsolid1989

  8. Hello! Just noticed that you have followed my journalism blog (thank you!) where I post my work, and I was wondering if you’d be more interested in following my book blog, since you have one yourself? I had a bit of a mix up with which blog my comments would send people to, as I’d prefer them to go to my book blog, but hopefully that’s sorted now. To find it, either click my name or this link:
    And if not, then that’s fine, and thank you for following my other blog!
    Your posts look great, and I am looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  9. Hi,
    I tagged you to do the “Three Quotes Book Tag.” For more details, here’s my post: I hope you can participate! 🙂

  10. Pingback: Halloween Book Tag | Embuhlee liest

  11. Pingback: Real Neat Blogger Award – One Little Bookshelf

  12. Hi,
    I nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award. For more details, here is my post:
    Feel free to disregard this if you’ve already done this or are not interested. 🙂

  13. Pingback: Lilyn’s 2016 New Years Resolutions | Melanie Noell Bernard

  14. Clemence says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the Liebster Award!, you can check it on , hope you’re okay :3, have a great day!!!

  15. Pingback: Creative Blogger Award « Life and Other Disasters

  16. Pingback: Siblinghood Award | A Book and Two Cups of Tea

  17. Pingback: The Dim Sum Book Tag | Read It or Not Reviews

  18. John Khoury says:


    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve just set up a site sort of like NetGalley
    where you can review free books online. It’s here to help self-published authors
    get a little more attention than they’re getting, but I hope it’ll do nice things for you too. Let’s see:
    – you can post your website in your profile so you can get some backlink love from Google
    – I’ll help tweet your reviews
    – you can make some coffee money by adding your Amazon Associates ID to the book reviews and get commissions
    on any purchases made through your reviews
    – …and it’s a new place to make a name for youself. Plus, I can imagine there’s a slight prestige in reviewing obscure books.
    Good reviewers will be loved on this site and if you’re into being loved, come check it out. If there are other benefits, things you,
    as a book blogger, are looking for, please let me know and I’ll see if I can build it into the site.
    Many thanks for taking the time to read this. The site is and you can sign up with your Twitter or FB account.
    Hope to see you on the site!

    Best regards,

    John Khoury

  19. Pingback: Book Quote Challenge: Day 2 | Chocolatenwaffles' Blog

  20. Donna says:

    Hi! I hope you won’t mind, I nominated you for the Book Quote Challenge! Here’s the link, if you feel like doing it 🙂

  21. Pingback: Entertainer Blogger Award! | rakioddbooks

  22. Thank you for Following our blog! We love the layout and work you’ve put into your site. Can’t wait to read your reviews 🙂

  23. Pingback: The Coffee Book Tag! | Laugh and Be Meri

  24. Pingback: St. Patty’s Day Book Tag! (Original!) | Embuhleeliest

  25. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday: The One Where She Fangirls About Fellow Bloggers – Bookenstein

Talk to me!

  • Want more horror and science fiction content?

    Follow SciFi and Scary on Follow