Well, it’s time to release another Books You Shouldn’t Miss blog post. Here, I will recommend a few good books I’ve read that will either be coming out soon or are already out, but tend to get overlooked. Most of these books are available on Kindle Unlimited. Don’t forget to leave a review for these books, even if you didn’t love what you read.
First up is Michael Bray’s Funhouse. Funhouse is a collection of 16 stories that are fun, creepy and in some cases, really disturbing. My favorites in this book were “The Boy Who Saw Spiders,” “Candyland” and “Long Tall Coffin.” Funhouse has received an overall 4.5-star rating on Amazon, so check it out.
Next up is Ravenous, the first book in the Car Nex collection. Car Nex (Carnivore from the Nexus) is a terrifying creature that is seemingly unstoppable. These tales are suspenseful and gory, so beware if blood and guts aren’t your thing. My favorites in this collection, which comes out on August 21, are the first and last in the book. Terry West introduces us to the Car Nex in the first story and builds suspense as he shows us what the creature is capable of. Shaun Hupp finishes the book with a suspenseful tale that will keep you riveted to every page. Pre-order Ravenous here.
Third on the list is Ian Woodhead’s first journey into the world of extreme horror, Brutality. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the entire book yet, I have read bits and pieces and I think he’s on to something here. Since I haven’t read the book, here’s its description:
“There is a deep, hidden sickness that affects everyone born in the blighted town of Brutality.
This evil, this urge to hurt, to torment – to kill, is hidden behind a thin veil of normality, only to be unleashed behind closed doors.
A few of the people who moved there sense that there’s something very wrong with this bleak town,
but nothing in their imagination could prepare them for the real truth.
When a stranger unlocks the town’s dark secret, both visitors and the recent inhabitants now find
themselves fighting to stay alive as an orgy of violence, mayhem and murder is unleashed in
Brutality!” Brutality released on August 7 and is available here.
King of the Bastards was written by Brian Keene and Steven Shrewsbury. It’s set in medieval times and is a really fun ride. The story follows Rogan, king of Albion, as he fights demons and tries to save his home. Rogan is a barbarian, and although he’s a badass, he’s a likable badass. Check out King of the Bastards if you like a lot of adventure mixed in with your horror.
Finally, we have William Meikle’s Blacktop. This story was just weird from beginning to end. What starts as a car accident ends up as a weird apocalyptic tale that is very creepy. I love Meikle’s writing and this quickly become one of my favorites of his books. It’s heartbreaking and creepy. At only 34 pages long, this is a great little tale to read on a rainy afternoon.
That’s all from me for today. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know how you liked them.