Between putting the final touches on my dark horror release, Quilt, and writing the first draft of my forthcoming novel, I got in as much reading as I could in the last two months. I love to read, and many of my author friends are among my favorite new storytellers.
Here are some of the books I completed in the last two months:
One of my favorite writers. I never know where McCammon will take me in a story because he never confines himself to genres and labeling. Is Mine a horror novel? Not really, but Mine goes to horrific places.
Is it a suspense or thriller novel? Maybe.
An action novel? At times, but far more intelligently written than typical action. As always is the case with McCammon, I was on the edge of my seat from start-to-finish.
Talk about a bad day.
You’re behind bars when the Super Flu strikes.
And it just happens to be the zombie apocalypse, and the warden is going bonkers.
Book one of the Caged series delivers gritty prison drama before all hell breaks loose.
Scott Nicholson is one of horror’s most prolific writers, and he always manages to tell a great story.
The After series begins with a solar storm that destroys the world’s communications and infrastructure and turns humans into…zapheads.
They’re sorta zombie-like, but more like warped humans. But watch out, they’re getting smart and organizing. A fun ride and thrilling post-apocalyptic adventure.
A gay man battles axe-wielding space monsters in a besieged airport terminal.
What could go wrong?
Part horror, part snarky comedy. A strong debut from Amber Fallon.
The Sisters of Slaughter are Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason.
Want to know something cool? Michelle and Melissa have written stories together since they were kids.
But don’t let that last bit of warm-and-fuzzy lull you into a false sense of security. The two shorts included in Double-Barrel Horror hit hard.
Tenant’s Rights particularly got under my skin.
Now this is the stuff.
Besides her notable work as an editor, comic book designer, and cover artist, Rachel Autumn Deering is among the most gifted new writers I’ve come across.
Warning: Husk will take your breath away and rip your heart out.
Flat out, the best book I read this winter.
You’re gonna need a bigger boat.
And a bigger gun, and a bigger bazooka.
Part monster movie, part shark story, part science-and-industry-run-amok commentary, Sharkwater Beach is another solid release from Tim Meyer.
That’s it for this month. I’m holding my review for Chad Lutzke’s forthcoming novel, Stirring the Sheets, until it releases. But I’ll give you a hint: it’s one helluva story. Stay tuned.