Happy April, fellow horror fans. I’m back with my reading list from the last month. What have you been reading?
Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
I most appreciate a novel which transports me to a different time and place, somewhere alien to my life experience, and immerses me.
George R. R. Martin’s take on the vampire legend is refreshingly unique, expertly wrapped around an engrossing story with engaging characters.
Straddling the lines between fantasy, horror, and historical fiction, Fevre Dream is a novel every vampire lover should experience.
I know what you’re thinking. Dan, you must have a thing for vampires. What if I do, McFly?
Yvonne Navarro’s Afterage is no ordinary vampire novel. In fact, Afterage is better described as post-apocalyptic horror than a Nosferatu-like Gothic tale. Regardless of its genre affiliation, Afterage is a sleek, intelligent horror novel that will keep you turning pages well into the night.
Special thanks to Brian Keene and The Horror Show for strongly recommending this novel.
John Boden is one of my favorite new writers for good reason: dude can crank out creative prose with the best of them, and he has a special knack for recognizing truisms and exploiting them with his characters.
Jedi Summer is a coming of age novella, one which will tug you back to your childhood, even if you didn’t come of age during the 1970s.
Boden weaves childhood imagination with real-life challenges, all the while doping the story line with hints of the supernatural, so much so that we often aren’t sure what is real and what is imagined. And isn’t that a microcosm of childhood?
One of my favorite coming of age stories.
The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke
A family camping trip into an abyss only Kealan Patrick Burke could dream up.
The Tent is a bleak, horrific novella, the foundation of which Burke brilliantly lays through the characterization of a family falling apart.
But a worse fate awaits the family in the deep, dark woods. Once the tent is revealed, you’ll do plenty of squirming until the final page, and you’ll never look at a backpack the same way again.
I’ve corresponded with Burke for several years and he seems like a well-adjusted, nice guy. But then there is the little matter of this novella, and I wonder if perhaps he is more dangerous than I first thought.
I dare you to read this one in the middle of the woods. No, really. Go for it.
That’s it for this month, horror fans. Check out these stories and let me know what you think.
The only one here that I haven’t read is Afterage, but I must say that you’re 100% correct about the rest of them!
Definitely check out Afterage. A very unique twist on the vampire mythos