Horror – Zombies

Focus on: Zombies
Unnatural Acts: Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.
by Kevin J. Anderson

In Unnatural Acts, author Kevin Anderson’s offbeat approach to zombie lore, undead private detective Dan Shamble and his human partner Robin Dyer have to cope with a range of unnatural and supernatural beings, as well as human Senator Rupert Balfour, who’s attempting to criminalize undead activities. Also in Dan’s caseload, enslaved golems are seeking freedom from the manufacturer they work for, and somebody murders a gremlin pawnbroker. If you like your horror with a side of humor, you’ll want to try this 2nd entry in the Shamble & Die Investigations series, which begins with Death Warmed Over.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Steve Hockensmith

This prequel to Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies reveals how Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters came to be such skilled zombie slayers. The story begins several years before Mr. Bingley moves to Netherfield, when undead “unmentionables” begin popping up in the quiet Hertfordshire town of Meryton. Mr. Bennet, the girls’ curmudgeonly father — a retired special operative who thought his zombie-hunting days were over — converts their greenhouse into a dojo and trains his daughters in combat. If you’re a fan of literary monster mash-ups, especially those based on Jane Austen’s novels, author Steve Hockensmith’s Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a must-read.

Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel
by Jonathan Maberry

A medical experiment unexpectedly turns a condemned prisoner, Homer Gibbon, into a zombie in Jonathan Maberry’s gripping Dead of Night. After the prisoner wakes up, he goes on a violent rampage — and his bites turn his victims into yet more zombies. Police officers JT Hammond and Dez Fox work with reporter Billy Trout to investigate the origin of this plague, which soon becomes a full-fledged zombie apocalypse. Supplying both humor and terror, this tale will enthrall fans of classic zombie literature and films, especially George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Maberry’s sequel, Fall of Night, continues the adventures of Dez, Billy, and JT.

by Cherie Priest

During the American Civil War, scientist Leviticus Blue invented “Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine,” a massive steam-powered mining machine. Unfortunately, it malfunctioned, tearing open a vein of toxic gas that killed the inventor and turned many of Seattle’s inhabitants into zombies called “rotters.” Sixteen years later, Blue’s teenage son Zeke heads for the ruined, walled-off city to learn more about his father, hoping to clear his name. Harboring her own dark secrets, Zeke’s widowed mother, Briar, sets out to rescue her son. Set in an alternate 1880 Seattle, Boneshaker offers an absorbing blend of steampunk, mystery, coming-of-age, and horror.

To Sail a Darkling Sea
by John Ringo

In this sequel to Under a Graveyard Sky, author John Ringo continues his creative approach to recounting the zombie apocalypse. Featuring engaging, believable characters and banter-filled dialog, To Sail a Darkling Sea finds Australian Steve Smith, his family, and other survivors on a flotilla-city off the coast of the U.S. As they work to rid the boats they encounter of zombies, they plan to extend clearing operations to towns on land and develop a vaccine at a Guantanamo research facility. The 4-volume Black Tide Rising series continues in Islands of Rage and Hope and concludes inStrands of Sorrow. An additional story anthology by various authors,Black Tide Rising, is due out this month.

Rise Again: Below Zero
by Ben Tripp

Two years after the events related in author Ben Tripp’s Rise Again, the zombies have evolved into several types. In addition to the classic shambling cannibals, there are cunning hunters and predatory thinkers. Sheriff Danielle “Danny” Adelman and her small group of survivors hear rumors of a safe haven called Happy Town somewhere in the east, but the closer they get to it, the more suspicious Danny becomes. The well-drawn characters in Below Zero increase the emotional power of Danny’s moral dilemmas in this “taut and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly) novel.

List created 7/7/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

Horror – Cursed, Haunted, Possessed!

Cursed, Haunted, Possessed!
Bliss House: A Novel
by Laura Benedict

After losing her husband in an explosion that also disfigured her daughter Ariel, Rainey Bliss Adams moves back to her family’s Virginia foothills home town and buys the elegant mansion that her ancestor built. Soon, the house’s reputation for violence and madness bears itself out, leading to a murder investigation, ghostly apparitions, and the revelation of a horrendous, long-suppressed secret. For more on the malevolent history of Bliss House, try the sequel, Charlotte’s Story, which takes place about a generation later.

This House is Haunted: A Novel
by John Boyne

In 1867 London, 21-year-old Eliza Caine’s father dies, and she must look for a means of income. Responding to an advertisement, she takes a job as a governess at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk — but a mysterious power opposes her even before she gets there. Once she arrives, she finds that there are no parents and few or no servants, and her two charges are very odd children. Clearly, something is deeply wrong, and Eliza must discover the house’s evil secrets before it’s too late. With literary nods to gothic horror traditions, This House is Haunted provides a “subtle, satisfying tale of ghostly terror”(Publishers Weekly).

Horrorstör: A Novel
by Grady Hendrix

In Horrorstör, Orsk, the “all-American furniture superstore in Scandinavian drag,” serves its customers’ needs from cradle to grave. At Location #00108 in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of employees — sorry, “partners” — volunteer to spend an overnight shift investigating strange, possibly paranormal events inside the store. From dusk until dawn, a band of misfits — armed with nothing but the promise of double overtime — must attempt to survive until morning as they navigate the ever-creepier showroom floor while evading murderous specters. Intriguing but progressively more sinister illustrations of Orsk’s wares illustrate this solidly scary story.

The House of Small Shadows
by Adam Nevill

After therapy helped her overcome the trauma of being fired from her previous job, Catherine feels lucky to find employment appraising a hoard of rare puppets and dolls. However, she doesn’t feel lucky for long once she sees the collection. The dolls are pitifully realistic and the puppets scarily lifelike; moreover, the household servants warn Catherine off in no uncertain terms. The House of Small Shadows is so well-crafted that Booklist says readers might want to take the accursed tome “out back and bury it.” Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, this disturbing novel will draw admiring shudders from the most seasoned ghost story aficionado.

A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel
by Paul Tremblay

Television reality show producers are always looking for a new twist. How about a demon-possessed teenage girl and her otherwise normal suburban family? In A Head Full of Ghosts, a writer interviews the girl’s younger sister, Merry, 15 years after the television series ends. The interview releases Merry’s repressed memories of the events, and her recollections clash with the version depicted on the reality show. Reminiscent of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and other classic tales of haunting and possession, this suspenseful novel “is a work of deviously subtle horror” (Publishers Weekly).

List created 4/19/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

Horror – 13 Most Terrifying Books of All Time

1Pet Sematary
by Stephen King

This is probably the most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written. When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth, more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful.The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

2The Island of Doctor Moreau
by H. G. Wells

In The Island of Dr. Moreau a shipwrecked gentleman named Edward Prendick, stranded on a Pacific island lorded over by the notorious Dr. Moreau, confronts dark secrets, strange creatures, and a reason to run for his life.

3The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe

Revenge turns deadly when the narrator, Montressor, buries his friend, Fortunato, alive as the result of a perceived insult. “The Cask of Amontillado” is remarkably chilling as it conveys murder from the perpetrator’s perspective.

4The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate—and eliminate—human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde.

5The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James

One of literature’s most gripping ghost stories depicts the sinister transformation of 2 innocent children into flagrant liars and hypocrites. Elegantly told tale of unspoken horror and psychological terror creates what few stories in literature have been able to do — a complete feeling of dread and uncertainty.

by Mary Shelley

Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley’s novel of “The Modern Prometheus” chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

7The Exorcist
by William Peter Blatty

A desperate mother and two priests fight to free the soul of a little girl from a powerful supernatural entity of sheerest malevolence and evil. An extraordinary classic work of faith and of dark paranormal suspense that is widely considered the most terrifying novel ever written, Blatty’s masterpiece of unrelenting chills was the basis for the acclaimed Academy Award-nominated motion picture directed by William Friedkin and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and Max Von Sydow.

8Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury

The show is about to begin.The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

9Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris

As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames “Buffalo Bill,” FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him. That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. Can You Hear The Lambs, Clarice?

10Hell House
by Richard Matheson

Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death. Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.

11Rosemary’s Baby
by Ira Levin

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…

by Bram Stoker

During a business visit to Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count’s transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula’s grim fortress, but a friend’s strange malady — involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds — initiates a frantic vampire hunt.

13House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski

A young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story — of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.

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Zombie – 5 Best Zombie Lit Books


October can mean so many things, such as fall festivals, candy apples, and crisp weather, but more than anything October is the month of zombies. Goblins and witches have had their moment in the spotlight, but now zombies are America’s latest creepy infatuation. With Halloween fast approaching and the much-anticipated return of “The Walking Dead,” it’s no secret that October is the perfect time to crack open a new zombie-lit favorite. Oh, you didn’t know that was even a thing… Well, you do now. Below is the perfect list of zombie reads that are sure to please even the biggest fans of our undead, flesh-eating friends.Continue reading