Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for March 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 medium 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: 8/23/2017 Improved links to more 'Essential Horror Book Lists'.
Caitlín R. Kiernan
"Dear Sweet Filthy World" by Caitlín R. Kiernan. This book of short stories by premier horror author Caitlín R. Kiernan contains the rare, hard-to-find stories mostly published by the author in her subscription website called "Sirenia Digest". A must-have for fans of Caitlin or of horror in general. Expect a lot of creative horror stories here.
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"Selected Stories: Horror Tales" by Nate Southard. Nate has selected 18 of his best, previously published, short horror stories published between 2005 and 2015. In this collection of stories Southard will show you why he is one of the up and coming new masters of horror fiction.
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Paul La Farge
"The Night Ocean" by Paul La Farge. Before his apparent suicide, Charlie Willett became obsessed with H. P. Lovecraft and his mysterious relationship with a young gay teenager, Robert Barlow. Marina Willett, is a psychiatrist and doesn't believe Charlie killed himself. She moves through Charlie's research, trying to reconstruct the mindset of her husband leading up to his disappearance.
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"The Rage of Cthulhu" by Gary Fry. When George Cox learned he had a brain tumor, he and his wife, Christine, decide to travel around the world before it's too late. In England they encounter a severely damaged foghorn station and George wonders what was big enough do that. Soon the clues he unearths point to an ancient creature, massive in size. But are the clues real or a product of his tumor?
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"Bleed" by Ed Kurtz. At first it was just a small red spot on Walt Blackmore's ceiling. But it grew. Before long it is recognizable as a creature. It mutters. It is grotesque. And as it gets bigger, its nutritional needs grow. Once satisfied by stray animals becomes a craving for human blood and meat...and Walt Blackmore can't help but feed it all it needs.
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"Monstrosity" by Tim Curran. The Food seeps from the ground causing nature to run riot in mutations that feed upon farms and humans, destroying towns and each other. Frank Bowman is a farmer with two children he needs to protect. But safety lies miles away forcing them to cross a land rotten with mutants, dangerous humans and the Food.
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"Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road" by Jonathan Janz. Chicago is under siege by the Sweet Sixteen Killer when police discover a teenage boy possessed by a horror so old and unspeakable that Father Jason Crowder is unprepared to exorcise it. It seeks blood and Crowder and won't rest until it has won. This book contains the early novella "Exorcist Road" and the novel "Exorcist Falls".
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"A Home by the Sea" by Craig Saunders. Irene Jacobs is about to give birth to twins. Unfortunately she recently lost her husband and moved to the Blue House by the sea to heal and raise her babies. But a killer is stalking her. He took her husband and now he'll take her and her children. And nothing can stop him. But sometimes, the dead come back . . .
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"The Mammoth Book of the Mummy: 19 Tales of the Immortal Dead" edited by Paula Guran. Guran brings together 16 previously published stories and acquiring three more about the iconic mummy, with the intent to "explore, subvert, and reinvent the mummy mythos" within each tale. We need to reclaim the mummy trope and expand it -- it doesn't have to be bandaged Egyptians anymore.
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Caitlín R. Kiernan
"Nightmare's Realm: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic" edited by S. T. Joshi. This wonderfully ethereal anthology contains 17 original short stories and two poems of horror and the weird in the dream lands and nightmare landscapes of the human mind. The anthology also contains a introduction by Lovecraftian scholar S. T. Joshi on the nature of dreams in weird literature.
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"Jews vs Zombies" edited by lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene. Tidhar and Levene ask "the question you didn't even know you wanted answered – what happens when the Chosen People meet the Living Dead?" 8 authors have risen to the occasion to provide a very unique outlook on this question. All proceeds are donated to a charity detailed at the back of the anthology.
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"SNAFU: Black Ops" edited by Amanda J. Spedding and Geoff Brown. This anthology of 13 short stories and novellas all within the horror genre (or on the edges of it) and all with a military theme shine a bright light on the black operations. Some stories come from existing series, such as Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger and Tom Imura which takes place years before the Rot and Ruin stories.
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