Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for April 2017
After a way-too-long hiatus, welcome back to the Essential Horror Books series.
If you read the post in either the Essential Horror Books for January 2017 or the Essential Horror Books for February 2017, you know I was in an automobile accident. I passed out on a highway and my Dodge Grand Caravan crossed the median and hit a tree head on.
I broke a leg (my femur) and six ribs, got a cut on my forehead and bruises all over my body. I even have a blood clot in my leg.
The doctor prescribed an opioid for the pain and I had the first real high in my life. I love opioids. I love the floating feeling I felt when I took one.
I hated giving that up.
However, I hated more the lack of energy and motivation that caused me to check out of life for a while. That is why the Essential Horror Books book list for March and April are so late. I took my opioids and I didn't want to do them.
Even after I gave up my opioids it was nearly a month before my motivation to make riffle book lists began to return and I LOVE making Riffle book lists.
So, that's why I'm making the March and April book lists in June. But the books are still available and still worth reading. So get them. Before it's too late. . . .
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This book list is now complete -- no more titles will be added. Published 6/11/2017.
Updated: 7/18/2017 Improved links to more 'Essential Horror Book Lists'.
"Borne: A Novel" by Jeff VanderMeer. Rachel is a scavenger in a half destroyed city. She finds and brings home Borne, a plant-like, squid-like creature and against all her instincts for survival, she "adopts" it. But the Company, which may or may not have made Borne and might have had a hand in the city's ruin, is not as dead as believed and they will have Borne, even over Rachel's dead body.
1 / 12
"Thirteen Views of the Suicide Woods" by Bracken MacLeod. This is the author's first short story collection featuring 19 tales of -- as Christopher Golden puts it -- "horror and modern noir". His stories skirt a knife edged line between genre and literary, to bring to the reader a gift of darkness and loss among other emotions that he cares to evoke.
2 / 12
"Ararat: A Novel" by Christopher Golden. An earthquake opens up a cave in Mount Ararat in Turkey leading to wild biblical speculation and a rush to get there and explore. What they find is the cave is a massive ship and inside is a coffin with a hideous, horned creature. Then the explorers get snowed in with it . . .
3 / 12
"Final Girls" by Mira Grant. Dr. Jennifer Webb has created technology that simulates horror environments in a person's mind that would heal psychological damage. Journalist Esther Hoffman doubts the technology really works and wants to debunk it. When real world, terrifying threats descend upon them to take the technology, Jennifer and Esther must learn to work together if either is to survive.
4 / 12
"Spore" by Tamara Jones. When Sean Casey encounters ten naked people in his backyard, he learns that they were dead, but thanks to an industrial accident, they've been restore to life. One of them, Mindy, stays with Sean as she tries to reclaim her life from an ex-husband who wants her to remain dead. Meanwhile, the fungus that created the Spores -- what the returned to life are called -- is spreading.
5 / 12
"The Corpse and the Girl from Miami" by John Urbancik. He woke up in a grave with three bullets in his chest and no heart beat. He's dead and he can't remember who he is. The tombstone and his driver's license say he's Armando Luis Salazar. He doesn't know for sure but he does know that he must find his killer in a town where no one can be trusted. Horror, noir crime fiction, pulp and magic -- a must-read.
6 / 12
"Savage Jungle: Lair Of The Orang Pendek" by Hunter Shea. In the last book "Loch Ness Revenge", the twins Natalie and Austin McQueen got their revenge. Now they're going to help their partner, Henrik Kooper, get his revenge on the savage orange-haired ape men called the Orang Pendek w=that protect the lost city of Gadang Ur and years ago killed Henrik's father in front of him.
7 / 12
"Aliens: Bug Hunt: All-New Tales from the Expanded Alien Universe" edited by Jonathan Maberry. Maberry has collected fifteen tales of the Colonial Marines on missions to destroy "Ripley's monster" or as they like to call them, on "bug hunts". Set in and around the period of the four "Alien" movies, you'll thrill to military derring–do as the marines hunt the aliens...or vice versa.
8 / 12
"Between the Tracks: Tales from the Ghost Train" (Things in the Well #1) edited by Steve Dillon. This anthology of horror stories about trains, carries 24 stories including Clive Barker's "The Midnight Meat Train", as well as an introduction to Clive's story by Mark Alan Miller and an essay "Aboard the Midnight Meat Train -- Clive Barker's Urban Nightmare" by Sorcha NI Fhlainn. All aboard!
9 / 12
"Horror Library, Volume 6" edited by Eric J. Guignard. The Horror Library anthology series has earned several Bram Stoker nominations over the years. This time a new editor, Eric J. Guignard, steps into the captain's seat but the mission to find new authors and point out the direction horror fiction is headed remains the same. 27 short horror stories make this anthology a bargain.
10 / 12
"Cut Corners Volume 3" by Ray Garton, Kealan Patrick Burke and Bryan Smith. Sinister Grin Press presents three stories by three different horror authors. First you have "Andromeda" by Kealan Patrick Burke. Then there is "The Barrell" by Bryan Smith. Finally Ray Garton gives us "Afterparty".
11 / 12
"Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror" edited by Mark Matthews with assistance from Jason Parent and Andi Rawson. As he mentioned in his brief Introduction, editor Mark Matthews asked for two things: "compassion for the plight of the addict but also a thorough depiction of the insidious nature of both addict and addiction." Contains 8 usually longish tales of the horror of addictions.
12 / 12