32 Days of Halloween: My To-Read List

Is there anything better than sitting down with a good book? It doesn’t matter if you do it in the summertime, sitting next to the pool with a cold beverage, or the dead of winter as you’re wrapped in a blanket and sprawled out on the couch. There’s never a bad time to read.

Obviously, horror novels are our jam over here and I’ve got a mountain of a TBR (To Be Read) stack in my office. What I love most is the fact that new titles are churned out every month and that pile gets bigger and bigger. There have been a number of exceptional novels released lately and while I’ve done my best to keep up on them, a few have slipped through the cracks up to this point.

On Monday, I shared my To-Watch List for this Halloween season. Today, let’s take a look at a list of horror books released in 2017 or 2018 that I’ve been dying to read.

 

 


2018

The Listener, by Robert McCammon is a “gritty, Depression-era crime thriller” about a man who has a special skill – he’s able to hear things that aren’t even spoken aloud. Like when a child is screaming for help without saying a word and our protagonist is pulled into a vicious and ugly underworld of dirty money.

The Hunger, by Alma Katsu was called “deeply, deeply disturbing” by Stephen King. That’s all I need to know. For the sake of this piece, though, we’ll dig a little deeper – it’s a reimagining of the Donner Party.. with a supernatural twist. I AM SOLD!

Destroyer, by Victor LaValle is a modern spin on the Frankenstein tale by one of the industry’s most captivating and imaginative authors. “An intense, unflinching story” that I need on my bookshelf pronto.

Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman is the story of a woman (Carol) who does something the rest of us only does once (dies) over and over again. “A twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty” tale, this one has been a favorite of anyone I know who has read it already.

The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay sounds like the next great Jordan Peele film. A gay couple and their adopted Chinese daughter take a vacation to a secluded cabin. Probably not a great idea. Shit hits the proverbial fan rather quickly, from what I’m told, and I want all the pages in my face immediately.


Blasphemy to not include The Outsider by Stephen King, you say? From what I’ve heard, all five books listed here are at the very least comparable in quality to The King’s latest novel. I totally can’t wait to read The Outsider, by the way.


 


2017

Kill Creek, by Scott Thomas was recently picked up for a TV adaptation. That’s what happens when you’re an award-winning horror novel that Joyce Carol Oates calls “beautifully orchestrated Gothic horror”. The story of a Halloween sleepover gone very wrong, I’m wondering why this one isn’t on my shelf yet.

Paperbacks from Hell, by Grady Hendrix has been considered a Must Own for any self-respecting horror bibliophile since before it was released. Sadly, I’ve yet to get my hands on it. That needs to change. This one splashes the spotlight on the two best decades for horror paperbacks, the ’70’s and ’80’s.

Pretty Marys All in a Row, by Gwendolyn Kiste mixes twisted fairy tales and eerie urban legends beautifully. Kiste’s writing styles is one of my favorites and this one is said to pack quite a creepy punch.

The Grip of It, by Jac Jemc tells the story of a young couple who purchases a haunted house. Smack me if you’ve heard this before. Now, take that smack back because Jemc turns the haunted house trope on its head and delivers big time, per a few reader friends of mine.

The Twilight Pariah, by Jeffrey Ford is the story of three college-aged friends who decide to do some drunk digging in an old house near the woods. Bad idea much? There’s an odd skeleton in the home that kind of ruins lives, from what I’ve heard. Must. Read.


So there’s my list. Feel free to join me over at Amazon where I’ll be spending a small car payment on books over the next month or so. Because, really, what’s better than reading?

What do you have sitting on the TBR table?

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