In the finest tradition of pulp-horror prose comes Sarah Pinborough’s Breeding Ground. With wefts of Masterton, Laymon, early-Herbert et al. this rip-roaring terror-romp starts quickly and picks up speed to deliver a shocking and entertaining read to the genre fan.
Matt and Chloe are a young couple with everything going for them. With both in good jobs, and enjoying a steady and loving relationship, it’s with great excitement they receive news of Chloe’s pregnancy. Matt starts to get a bit worried when his girlfriend’s health takes a quick turn for the worse, a fear heightened as she starts to bulk up despite not eating. Click here to read more.. »
Thomas Usher sees dead people; for the more cynical out there this could mean any number of things. It could mean an author scraping the barrel of ideas, it could mean a clichéd ghost book that brings nothing new to the game, or it could be a writer daring to engage an oft-used and familiar genre topic in a unique and involved manner.
Luckily for the reader, Gary McMahon’s Pretty Little Dead Things is an exercise in tackling what might be well-covered territory, in both screen and paper-based fiction, but it’s one that’s pulled off with some accomplishment. The result is a chilling, sometimes thrilling, but often reflective and rewarding delve into the arena of supernatural horror fiction. Click here to read more.. »
Ritual creator Graham Masterton, a most prolific horror writer and famous for his Manitou series of books, was the first author to genuinely shock me. The content in question I considered to be absolute overkill in its use of violence, and associated emotional overplay, to elicit a response from the reader.
I think I was around fourteen, and had wandered around to the library to pick up a few books to read. I don’t think it was too long before I saw Black Angel, something with a fairly graphic depiction of some demonic figure splashed upon its cover and thought it might make an interesting read. It was certainly that, and I can still recall being pulled along in a story, which was if I recall correctly, interspersed with hardcore demonic serial killings. Click here to read more.. »
Okay, the ‘muahahaha’ is optional, but I just wanted to mention that Summer Scares kicked off this month. That’s a part of the seasonal horror book appreciation tie-up organised by The Monster Librarian with Horrorworld, The Horror Fiction Review, Hellnotes and yours truly. Again, artist Darlene Wanglund has put together a great graphic for the promotion, the full version of which you can check here.
For information on what’s hot this summer in the world of horror fiction you can do much, much worse than check out the above sites for a great breakdown of various genre fiction titles. It’s exciting stuff, and hopefully you’ll find something to chill your bones in this sizzling and sweltering heat we’re experiencing. Well, we have done for a day or two in London anyway. But rain is sure to come soon and cool us down a little, it’s the Wimbledon tournament after all. Click here to read more.. »