Happy New Year

Posted on 1st January 2011 in Blog

I just wanted to wish all of our readers out there a Happy New Year!  May 2011 bring you much joy and happiness, and many, many great spooky books.

Looking at my reading pile (which is as epic as Dan Simmons’ recently reviewed Carrion Comfort) I have to say that without even taking into account some of the cool new upcoming books headed our way in 2011, I’ve still a fair few volumes sprinkled in from the past few years and decades to make my way through.  Not that I’m complaining you understand.

I am eagerly looking forward to the new horror, supernatural and weird books headed our way this year.  Three books especially stand out for me that will see publication in the first few months of the year.

Horror-meister James Herbert has a new book coming out in May, Ash, that will be dealing with paranormal investigator David Ash of Haunted and Ghosts of Sleath fame.  Those two books were both chilling supernatural tales, and I am excited to see where Herbert will be taking us next in Ash.  I became a fan of the horror genre thanks to the likes of James Herbert (and Stephen King, among others), and any new books released by such giants definitely inspire a tingle of anticipation.

Adam Nevill’s new book Ritual is also set for a May publication.  Nevill’s Apartment 16, published in May 2010, was one of the best books of last year – a genuinely scary book that’s up there with the best of them. I received his occult thriller Banquet for the Damned for Christmas (thanks parents) and I’m currently reading that, and have to say it’s also a very strong book.  Banquet for the Damned is a blend of the traditional, sublime supernatural with a unique, harrowing-horror twist.  Nevill really can write well and thus I am eagerly awating Ritual!

One author also to keep an eye on is Tom Fletcher, whose second novel The Thing on the Shore will be published in March.  His debut novel The Leaping, published in April 2010, was a very good book that managed the difficult task of being a character driven horror-story that didn’t fail to deliver the goods; there were furtive hints at a potential mythos toward the end of that book that might appear (from press hints released thus far) to spread through into his next novel. Fingers crossed.

Later this year we’ll be seeing the final book of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s horror-action epic Strain-trilogy, Night Eternal.  The first two books in that series were highly enjoyable books that definitely gave the vampire back its bite (and sense of real terror too I felt).  I wonder too if there’ll be any news of related movie adaptations?  This series really seemed to have Hollywood movie property written all over it so I am definitely curious there as to what might occur.

Other quick mentions should probably go to Joe Hill’s compelling Locke and Key graphic novel/comic series, with volume 4 of the trade paperback versions seeing release in late March.  I read the first few issues of the comic book a while ago and really enjoyed it, and can’t wait to get my teeth into the TPBs.

Well that’s just a small, select sprinkling of personal highlights that have me curious for 2011 – expect these and many more books, both old and new, to be read and reviewed and shared in the year ahead.

Best wishes to all, and here’s to a great 2011.

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