This House is Haunted by John Boyne is a wonderful, slow read filled with all of the wonderful bits of traditional gothic horror. Set in 1867, the story is told by Eliza Caine, a young woman who works as a teacher for young girls. When tradgedy besets her and her father, Eliza takes up a new position as a governess to two children living in a country manor. The children are odd, their parents are missing, something is wrong with the house, and none of the townsfolk will talk about any of it.
Wanderers By: Chuck Wendig Release Date: July 9, 2019 Publisher: Del Rey Rating:
A tale of humanity and utter destruction, Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is a fantastic epic sure to please fans of multiple genres. What begins as a mysterious illness effecting a few hundred people soon spirals into much more as the entire country takes notice. This seven hundred page epic takes readers from one coast to the other on a journey that takes you right to the end of the world.
The Colony By: A.J. Colucci Release Date: Novmeber 13, 2012 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Rating:
Bodies are turning up in New York City. A teacher, two santitation workers, and an MTA employee all turn up dead, their bodies dissolved from the inside out. The culprit is a supercolony of ants of massive size. A.J Colucci’s debut novel The Colony is a science fiction horror novel that combines espionage and science in a memorable tale of true horror.
The Buying of Lot 37 & Who's a Good Boy By: Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor Illustrator: Jessica Hayworth Release Date: May 14, 2019 Publisher: Harper Perennial Series: Welcome To Night Vale Rating:
Long running podcast Welcome to Night Vale, is a fictional radio show in a small southwestern desert town where every conspiracy theory is true, time doesn’t work properly, and has recently released two more books. The Buying of Lot 37 and Who’s a Good Boy by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor encapsulate season three and season four of the podcast respectively.
The Emperor's Railroad By: Guy Haley Release Date: April 19, 2016 Publisher: Tor.com Series: Dreaming Cities #1 Rating:
A thousand years ago America as we know it was consumed by war and a plague that turned humans into zombie-like creatures decimated the population in The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley, the first book in the Dreaming Cities series.
The summer months are my favorite time to read horror
novels. Yes, summer. I know it sounds odd. Horror novels aren’t something
usually associated with summertime. Contemporaries and romances are usually the
sort of books that pop up on any given ‘best summer reads’ list.
Here we are again with a short list of fictional podcasts that are perfect for audiobook lovers. These are podcasts that tell a fictional story, most often in a serialized format. Everything I recommend is something I’ve listened to either to completion or am fully caught up with newly released episodes.
I discovered podcasts before audiobooks. I know that might sound funny to some people, but it’s true. Everyone around me is off listening to the audiobook version of the latest hot new book release, and I’m standing in my kitchen ignoring my burning dinner staring at my Google Home as I listen to a fictionalized podcast.
Nijigahara Holograph By: Inio Asano Illustrator: Inio Asano Translator: Matt Thorn Release Date: March 9, 2014 (English); July 25, 2006 (Original Japanese) Publisher: Fantagraphics Rating:
Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano, the creator of the award winning Solanin, is a standalone 300 page manga, and perfect for those who aren’t looking to get into yet another long-running series. The story is one involving alternate timelines, violence, and the surreal. There are frightened whispers among the children about a monster that lives in the tunnel behind the school. The usually beautiful butterflies hold an almost ominous presence, suddenly being found everywhere. The lives of the students and teachers are interwoven in ways unforeseen on the surface, ways that aren’t always visible or expected.
If a manga bears Junji Ito’s name you can be certain I’ll be reading it. Recently, I received an early copy of Frankenstein: Junji Ito Short Story Collection by Junji Ito.
A caveat I want to note – the e-arc I received only had Frankenstein. There are two other short stories included in the collection. One of these is the Oshikiri story cycle, and I believe there is something featuring Ito’s dog as well. Once I get a copy of the final copy this review will be updated to include my thoughts on this as well.