Favourite Reads of 2018
Coyote Songs – Gabino Iglesias
In this mosaic horror/crime novel, ghosts and old gods guide the hands of those caught up in a violent struggle to save the soul of the American southwest. A man tasked with shuttling children over the border believes the Virgin Mary is guiding him towards final justice. A woman offers colonizer blood to the Mother of Chaos. A boy joins corpse destroyers to seek vengeance for the death of his father.These stories intertwine with those of a vengeful spirit and a hungry creature to paint a timely, compelling, pulpy portrait of revenge, family, and hope.
Deb’s review for ‘Coyote Songs’ is coming soon!
Out Behind The Barn – John Boden and Chad Lutzke
I have nothing but praise for this book; the authors created characters that I found myself genuinely caring for, and even at one point, feeling empathy for the antagonist. As you read this novella, you will note the themes of family, love, loss, and experience, as I did, a nagging curiosity as to what exactly goes on Out Behind The Barn.
But Worse Will Come – C.C. Adams
Theodore Papakostas lives a normal life. Holds down a day job. Struggles with his weight. With women, he’s more ‘miss’ than ‘hit.’ He’s humble – a far cry from the bullying behaviour of his childhood. Days long forgotten. Almost. Something has caught wind of him. Something that warned Theo long ago that if their paths crossed again, Theo would not survive. And Theo’s world is turned into a waking nightmare: a struggle to stay ahead of the terror. Because all those years ago, sunset was just the beginning …but worse will come.
Deb’s review for ‘But The Worse Will Come’ is coming soon!
The Mirror of The Nameless – Luke Walker
My first impression of Luke Walker’s novella after reading it – in a word – Wow! In my opinion, the level of horror is equally balanced with the empathy and compassion I felt for Dave and many of the characters. The tension throughout this fast-paced Lovecraftian story is palpable within the narrative, which never felt rushed or lagged in any way. I must admit, by the end of chapter seventeen my eyes started to well up a bit, and I had that hand-to-the-chest Awwww moment that I get when a scene pulls at my heartstrings and refuses to let go – and I love it!
Shadows At The Door (Anthology) – Edited by Mark Nixon
‘After a moment she inched back. Something had moved, out there in the dark. Something thin and pale.’
Shadows at the Door Publishing brings you thirteen chilling tales inspired by the ghastly, the ghoulish and the macabre.
Landmarks stained in death, spectres lurking outside, old legends rising from the dark, these stories bring unique and chilling horrors from around the world.
Immerse yourself in the eerie locales of Durham, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Rugby, the Scottish Highlands, Montreal, Pennsylvania, New York, Lake Superior, Rural Yorkshire, East Sussex and the darker corners of southern England.
So dim the lights, pull up a chair by the fire but keep one eye on the shadows at the door.
Deb’s review for ‘Shadows At The Door’ is coming soon!
D. K. Hundt is an American writer with a BA degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing contemporary fiction and horror/supernatural stories, she likes to spend her free time working as a volunteer in her community, being a minion for her cat Simon, warding off carnivorous spiders, and throwing herself into and around the dark alleyways of Stephen King novels in search of inspiration. D. K. resides in California with her husband, and she is currently working on a horror novel titled, Cheveyo–a story about a young boy who goes to live with his grandpa on a reservation, and soon discovers that the malevolent creatures that lurk in the Okanogan Forest aren’t the only deadly secret the locals are hiding.
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I have the first three to read and I’ll be checking out those last two. Great list!
Thank you, Laura! I really enjoyed them and I hope you do as well.