Steve Stred’s Books From The Crypt 13
Unlucky number thirteen has arrived… muahahahaha!
What do I have in store for this unholiest of editions?
Why three more books you should read. Three more books that for some reason (mind-boggling really) have yet to hit 50 ratings on Goodreads.
As usual, let’s start this off with a book haiku.
Brutal and dark tales.
Books staying long after done.
Dancing in your head.
Good? Great! Here we go.
The Devil’s List – Terry M. West.
Originally published May 2020.
West knows how to write brutal and bloody. With this novella, ‘The Devil’s List’ uses West’s real-life connection with a killer to create an unnerving piece of fiction. We get to see someone transform before our eyes as nothing seems to go their way. This was a fast-paced, quick read, but it will stay with you for long after you’ve closed the book.
What Sleeps Beneath – John Quick.
Originally published March 2019.
As I said before, John Quick is an author you should be reading and with ‘What Sleeps Beneath’ we get a brutal story of something forgotten below an abandoned asylum. It is a pulse-pounding story, one that has moments of such terror you’ll need to put the book down and check that the doors are locked. This was a great read and one that more folks should devour.
The Keeper of Chernobyl – Alessandro Manzetti.
Originally published October 2019.
This novella is unnerving. It also appears to be a book that slipped through the cracks. It was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award yet I don’t see more people singing its praises. We get to see a secret underground bunker slowly unravel as test subjects get out of control and blame begins to get placed. Manzetti does a great job of walking that line of fiction and plausibility/possibility. You never know what’s truly going on underground, but I sure hope it isn’t this.
There we have it! The thirteenth edition has come and gone! What’s next? Find out in the next installment!
Steve Stred is the Splatterpunk Nominated Author of ‘Sacrament’ and ‘Mastodon.’
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Steve has released over a dozen novels and novellas as well as a number of collections. He has appeared alongside some of horror’s biggest names within some truly excellent anthologies.
He is a proud co-founder of the LOHF Writer’s Grant and an Active Member of the HWA.