Spooky Reads Horror Book of the Year 2011

Posted on 19th December 2011 in Blog

Hats off to all writers of dread, weird and supernatural literature – you’ve kept this reader most entertained with scary texts in 2011; I know from the blogosphere and book review sites out there I am not alone. This really has been a great year for horror fiction.

2011 saw some superb books hitting our shelves, Kindles and suchlike. Whatever your proclivity insofar as the horror sub-genre of choice, there’s no denying there were rich pickings to be had. But to business, and the announcement of this the first Spooky Reads Horror Book of the Year award.

A quick recap then of nominations for this year’s book which were: Adam Baker’s Outpost, Gary McMahon’s Dead Bad Things, The Thing on the Shore by Tom Fletcher, The Ritual by Adam Nevill, and House of Fear edited by Jon Oliver. Click here to read more.. »

Horror Book of the Year 2011 Nominations

Posted on 8th December 2011 in Blog

Oh, what an awesome year it has been for horror fiction and its related sub-genres. I’ve read and reviewed a lot of great books in 2011. Spooky Reads passed its first anniversary back on November 25th, and now I’m launching what will be a yearly nod to those tomes which I deem some of the spookiest reads out there.

Spooky Reads is awarding a main prize, Best Horror Book, and a silver medal to the next strongest book titled Notably Macabre. The Best Horror Book is that which I’ve considered to be the most enjoyable horror read of the past year. Something that grabbed my attention, shook me around and generally gave my synapses a good kicking. General all round horror excellence, and suchlike. Notably Macabre is a nod to another book which though not quite king of the lot, is a title I’ve found to be nonetheless worthy of strong mention and attention. Click here to read more.. »

Author Interview – Adam Baker

Posted on 29th April 2011 in Features

Adam Baker’s excellent apocalyptic horror-thriller Outpost was released earlier this month, and it’s a corker of a book. I was lucky enough to grab a few minutes of Adam’s time to pick his brain, obviously not with the same diligence as one of the more threatening characters from his recent novel, and glean some information as regards his influences, outlooks and views on horror fiction (amongst other things).

The resulting output was revelatory, with information on a prequel to Outpost that’s currently in the works, and then there’s a low-down on the author’s instant snack habits (I was, I have to admit, disheartened as regards the Pot Noodle comment). It was great to chat with Adam, who is one of a crop of strong horror authors currently producing some great books out of the U.K.

A big thanks to Adam for sparing a few moments of his time in what has been a very busy month for him, and you’ll no doubt join me in wishing him the best of luck for Outpost. Now, introductions aside, let’s move on to the interview… Click here to read more.. »

Outpost by Adam Baker

Posted on 12th April 2011 in Reviews

Adam Baker owes me several nights of sleep. His debut novel Outpost kept me up late for a few days in a row, my eyes flickering eagerly across rows and rows of thought-fuelling, horror-laden text, rather than counting those proverbial slumber-sheep. Despite my need for at least seven hours a night of quality down-time, it just wasn’t happening as I couldn’t put this book down.

Regardless of genre, if I’m still reading till the wee hours then something special is going on. It’s also highly likely that any such book will likely stay engrained in my memory for a good time to come, which will be the case with this most excellent apocalyptic action-horror novel. Click here to read more.. »

30 Days of Night (And Day)

Posted on 29th January 2011 in Blog

So we’re pretty much a month into 2011, and it’s time for a New Year’s resolutions check.  Just kidding of course, but I do hope everyone is going well with their own respective goals and aims thus far.  If it’s anything like my own list then reviewing the number of failed items really could make for a scary reading session for some folks I’d bet.

This end of the wire, so far 2011 has been fairly eventful reading-wise.  A few good books, old and new, have been read and more reviews forthcoming for the site going forward.  I must say that I am still very excited for 2011 as regards new books, not to mention new authors to the horror, weird and supernatural scene. Click here to read more.. »