Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for June 2017
I've also finished the Essential Horror Books list for May and now I'm working on June's. I kept to or exceeded my schedule for the week and I'm feeling pretty good about things.
Now I need read more horror books. And horror comic books, too.
If you find a book that interests you in any Riffle list, click on the cover and you'll be taken to the book's page where you can find out more information about the title and get links to places where you can buy them.
Of course, if you're like me and don't have the money to buy every book you want to read, be sure and ask a librarian at your local library how you can make a suggestion for purchase and see if they're able to get it.
Finally, in your Riffle account, feel free to make a list of books you want to read but can't get ahold of right now so that a week, a month, a year or two down the line when the opportunity arises, you'll have that list to remind you of that book you wanted to read.
How do you do that? I'll explain in next month's Essential Horror book list.
In the meantime, you can check out the best new horror books for June 2017 and perhaps find a new story to read. Let me know in the discussion below if any book tickles your fancy.
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This book list is now complete -- no more titles will be added. Published 5/22/2017.
Updated: 7/18/2017 Improved links to more 'Essential Horror Book Lists'.
"The Changeling: A Novel" by Victor LaValle. Apollo Kagwa meets and marries Emma Valentine, and they have a son named Brian. Apollo vows to be the best father he can. But as Emma slides deeper into what appears to be postpartum depression and claims that Brain isn't their child. Then Emma does the unthinkable and disappears, leaving Apollo injured and desperate to find her even if he must travel to Hell itself.
1 / 9
"The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller" by Rio Youers. Actually a supernatural thriller, Harvey Anderson comes to the attention of "Spider" who is looking for Harvey's girlfriend named Sally Starling. Unfortunately, Harvey has no memory of Sally. This is because she can erase herself from people's memories. Harvey realizes that despite his memory loss, he has feelings for her -- and he'll have to race "Spider" to find her.
2 / 9
"The Kill Society" (A Sandman Slim Novel #9) by Richard Kadrey. Recently, Sandman Slim tried to open up Heaven with disastrous consequences for the afterlife. Now he is in Tenebrae, the realm of the lost dead, and joined a mysterious caravan of myriad entities including deserters from Hell and escaped angels. However, Heaven has placed a bounty on Sandman's head and not all the members of the caravan can be trusted.
3 / 9
"In the Valley of the Sun: A Novel" by Andy Davidson. In 1980's West Texas, Travis Stillwell, is a serial killer who preys on women. One night he stalks a pale young woman and wakes up bloody with no memory and no girl. He has a new hunger, one that drives him to drink blood. As Travis deals with his new existence and worms his way into Annabelle Gaskin and her son's life, a Texas Ranger closes in on him.
4 / 9
"Come to Dust: A Novel" by Bracken MacLeod. When Sophie's mother left, her uncle Mitch stepped in to raise her. It was not easy for him, but he managed to keep the family together. Then five-year-old Sophie dies, leaving Uncle Mitch devastated. That is, until the children rise from the dead. Mitch has a second chance to raise and protect Sophie, but the world increasingly fears her and wants to bury her, permanently.
5 / 9
Stephen Graham Jones
"Mapping the Interior" by Stephen Graham Jones. When a fifteen-year-old boy thinks he sees his late father in the house one evening. The thing is, his father died before the family left the reservation. The young man begins to explore his odd new home. The place is bigger than it should be and he embarks on a mapping effort with his little brother that may place them in grave danger.
6 / 9
"Aberrant" by Marek Šindelka, translated from the Czech by Nathan Fields with artwork by Petr Nikl. I like to champion horror from different countries and cultures. So, I'm recommending this fascinating mash-up of horror, crime fiction, and fantasy. Three friends smuggle rare plants when a mistake is made with disastrous consequences. If you enjoyed Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, you'll want to try this.
7 / 9
"Supernatural Horror Short Stories" (Gothic Fantasy Series) edited by the editors at Flame Tree Publishing. The latest edition to Flame Tree Studio's Gothic Fantasy series of deluxe edition short story compilations. This tome is 480 pages (280,000 words) of short stories, both classic and new by authors from the United States, England and Canada. Also includes illustrations.
8 / 9
Wrath James White
"Year's Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2" edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax. Building on the success of last years inaugural anthology, Randy and Cheryl present 21 horror stories of graphic blood and gore as well as extreme themes and situations. You'll find some old hands at hardcore horror favorites as well as new comers to the field. It's a visceral experience not to be missed.
9 / 9