Hello, you handsome and beautiful people. I hope this Wednesday finds you all well.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that Halloween is quickly approaching, and this is the time of year when a number of fantastic horror books hit Amazon’s virtual shelves. I LOVE this time of year and if it wasn’t for people looking at me like I’ve lost the plot, I would already have my Halloween decorations up. Soon. Soon.
Anyway, There are a few books that have recently come out or will soon be released that I wanted to bring to your attention. I’ll provide links in the descriptions.
First up, let’s take a look at Glenn Rolfe’s jaunt into the world of werewolves. On October 6, Blood Rain comes out and although I haven’t read it, it is getting some fantastic reviews. In my opinion, most of the werewolf stories out there today are redundant and silly, the exception being the High Moor series. I’m very curious to see what Mr. Rolfe, a very talented author and lip syncer, (I don’t think that is a word) can do with werewolves.
Here’s the book description: (Pre-order here.)
Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen.
Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend?
One night can—and will—change everything.
Matt Shaw’s latest offering in his F*cked Up Shorts series is Glory Hole. I don’t have a link or release date on this one yet, but it will be out very soon.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading this one and every time I think about it I laugh and get sick to my stomach at the same time. It’s much different than many of his other books, but still a lot of fun to read.
Next up is Kit Power’s GodBomb! This is my favorite book so far this year. The horror ranges from subtle to in your face and combined with the brilliant writing, you won’t go wrong with this one. Look for GodBomb! on September 28.
Book Description: (Pre-order here)
North Devon, England. 1995. A born-again revival meeting in a public building. The usual mix of the faithful, the curious, and the desperate. And one other – an atheist suicide bomber. He’s angry. He wants answers. And if God doesn’t come and talk to him personally, he’s going to kill everyone in the building.
Duncan Ralston’s first novel Salvage is a ghost story, perfect for the cooler shorter days. It’s creepy, well written and has great characters. I’m not usually a fan of ghost stories, but this one blew me away with its realistic characters and compelling story line. It’s heartbreaking and held my interest all the way through.
Pre-orders coming for this one soon and it will be available to the masses on November 10. Here’s the book description to whet your appetite:
When Owen Saddler’s little sister mysteriously drowns, Owen is determined to uncover the circumstances by following in her footsteps, even if it means diving into the murky—some would say haunted—waters of Chapel Lake. Thirty years earlier, the town of Peace Falls had been flooded to build a hydroelectric dam, and its ruins remain below the surface of Chapel Lake. The strange disappearance of the town Pastor, along with many of the parishioners, still haunts the citizens of Chapel Lake. But does the church haunt the lake itself? Is Owen really seeing ghosts… or has he descended into the depths of madness?
Salvage is the debut horror novel of author Duncan Ralston (Gristle & Bone). A darkly disturbing story of depression, religious fanaticism, and the afterlife, Salvage seeks to illuminate the evil within us all.
Just released is Stuart Keane’s Cine. This one just came out last week and is already getting some great reviews. Stuart doesn’t hold back the horror and I can’t wait to sample this little treat.
Book description: (Pick it up here.)
Lake Whisper. The perfect town for retirement, the ideal location to raise your children away from the bustle, crime and chaos of ordinary society. Quiet, quaint, beautiful.
Whispers Cinema. It could be the greatest establishment to hit Lake Whisper’s shores, one that provides the residents with some much needed entertainment, some activity away from their routine, sensible lives. Within hours, the cinema is a phenomenal success with the townsfolk, it’s the buzz on everyone’s lips.
Until a teenager mysteriously vanishes on their property.
Then, more people begin to disappear. Colleagues don’t turn up for their 9-5. Family members fail to keep organised arrangements. Frustrated by the procedure of police investigation, the teenager’s friends seek the truth and meet a dead end at every turn. Despite their lack of evidence, they can’t seem to shake that sinister feeling, the suspicion that surrounds the cinema, one that has everyone in Lake Whisper caught off-guard.
Which is when Whispers Cinema invites the entire town for a free showing…
Finally, I bring you Rich Hawkins’ The Last Outpost. This is the sequel to The Last Plague, a British-Fantasy Award nominee, and it drops the same day as GodBomb!, September 28. This is another I have yet to read, but the early reviews are spectacular. And I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
Check out this cover and pre-order the book here.
Here’s the book description:
The sequel to the British Fantasy Award-nominated novel, The Last Plague. The Last Outpost continues to chronicle the events as a devastating epidemic reduces the UK to an infected wasteland.
Great Britain has fallen to the Plague and the war is lost. The few people left alive scavenge in the desolation of a ruined country. A lone man wanders the ravaged land, looting houses for food and hiding from the monstrous infected. Guilt-ridden for failing to save his family, there is nothing left for him but memories of the old world – until hope is whispered in a radio transmission promising safety and shelter from across the North Sea. He joins a group of desperate survivors and heads for the coast in search of transport and salvation. His last chance to make amends. But will they survive the journey, hunted by the infected and the desperate men who stalk the land? Will they find sanctuary at… THE LAST OUTPOST?
Now that you have your reading sorted for the time being, grab a blanket and cup of something hot and spicy, and curl up with a good book. Enjoy!