Happy Birthday, Devil’s Elbow! – Recapper Joy

Happy birthday, Devil’s Elbow! Waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2013, Dove and I started this with two evil twins, a lineup of ridiculous books we loved and loathed, and a dream. Ten years, multiple recappers, and a bucketload of blood later, we’re still going strong!

(Technically, our anniversary was 8 Jan, but I couldn’t resist moving our celebration to FRIDAY THE 13TH.)

The next few posts will celebrate some of the best things about Devil’s Elbow and all the loving snark we’ve written over the years.

First up! Couldn’t do this without our contributors! Here’s the first recap from each of them.


Creator and keeper of spreadsheets. Recap #1: Funhouse by Diane Hoh. Source of the site’s name!

Wing: Everything Needs More Werewolves.

Creator and the true evil twin. Recap #2: Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney. Source of our names!

Dade: Living It Up In Nightmare Hall.

Resident Diane Hoh specialist and haunted dorm dweller. Recap #23: The Train by Diane Hoh.

Tuesday: Parties All the Time.

Surprise guest and frozen party fiend. Recap #59: Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney.

Jude Deluca: No Such Thing As Lost Stories, They’re Temporarily Misplaced.

Finder of all the best missing stories and custom artwork. Recap #66: Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps by R. L. Stine.

bat/Virgin: It’s My First Time, Be Gentle. (Please Ignore My Knife.)

First time Crystal Lake camper and long time friend tormenter. Recap #68: Friday the 13th (Uncut Deluxe Edition).

Donna: Cheese and Horror Connoisseur.

Totally normal and unafraid. Recap #75: The Band by Carmen Adams.

JC: Everything You Used to Love Is Bad.

Oh God Why?! snarker and all-around weird egg. Recap #194: Child’s Play (1988).