It’s that time of year when reviewers such as myself start putting together a list of their favorite reads of the year. I won’t bore you with a long list since I usually review my favorites anyway, but there are 5 books that stand out as some of the best horror of the year. Each offers readers a little something different and I will certainly read each of these books again in the future.
Given how much I read in an average year – between 80 and 100 books – coming up with this list was a little tough. So, let’s get to it.
5. A Head Full of Knives – Luke Smitherd
A pestilence has fallen across the land. Run and hide. Seek shelter. Do not panic. The infected WILL find you.
When Great Britain is hit by a devastating epidemic, four old friends must cross a chaotic, war-torn England to reach their families. But between them and home, the country is teeming with those afflicted by the virus – cannibalistic, mutated monsters whose only desires are to infect and feed.
THE LAST PLAGUE is here.
WARNING: THIS IS AN EXTREME HORROR NOVEL. There is gore. There is bad language. There are scenes of a sexual nature. There are scenes of domestic abuse. But hidden underneath it all is also a chilling story. Please do not purchase this book if you are easily shocked, disgusted or offended. This book is not for you.
Teaming up together for the first time since ‘ART’, Michael Bray (Whisper) and Matt Shaw (Sick B*stards) bring you MONSTER; the haunting tale of a normal woman who wakes up to find herself part of a nightmare.
“He’s there, standing in the doorway. Seven foot tall, a face hidden beneath a mask of stretched, rotting skin. He isn’t saying anything. He’s just watching me, his head cocked to one side as though judging me. I pulled on the restraints but they didn’t budge. I was trapped. I was his prisoner. I asked him what he wanted but he just repeated my sentence in a childish voice. I asked him for a second time and, for a second time, he repeated me. When I screamed, he screamed, raising his hands to his ears and closing his eyes as though my panicked yelling scared him. Who is he? What does he want with me? I begged for him to let me go and he responded by repeating me – again – word for word. Frustrated I started screaming. He turned and ran from the room. He didn’t go far though. I can hear him out there. I can hear his heavy, wheezy breathing. A couple of seconds went by and he stuck his head around the corner. He didn’t move from that spot. He just stood there, watching me once more.”
As the humans make their move against the werewolf threat in their midst, and civil war threatens to break the pack apart, John and Marie struggle to free the only person who can unite the werewolf factions against their common enemy: Marie’s brother, Michael.
However, their efforts may be for nothing. As tensions mount, the Moonborn prepare to combat the human aggression with an assault of their own. An attack that could spell doom for both man and werewolf alike.
Somebody wants answers.
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…