Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for July 2017
After a way-too-long hiatus, welcome back to the Essential Horror Books series.
Last month I told you, I'd explain how to easily add a book to your "Interested in..." list (also known as a To be Read pile).
First you have to be logged into your Riffle account.
Next, whenever you see a book in Riffle, in someone's 'Recommended' or 'Read' list or in any book list they've made, all you have to do is place your mouse over the book cover and wait for the title and author balloon to appear.
At the bottom of that balloon is an asterisk (*), a check mark, a heart and five stars. Click on the asterisk and it will turn read. That automatically adds the book to your 'Interested in...' book list.
If you click on the check mark that indicates you've read it and adds it to your 'Read' list. If you click on the heart, you'll add the book to your 'Recommended' list.
Of course, the hearts are a ranking system. If you disliked the book click on one heart. If you absolutely loved the book click on the fifth heart. You have five hearts to help you indicate how well you liked or didn't like the book.
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If you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in the discussion section below the list.
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'.
"The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine" edited by Ellen Datlow. Each year two collections of the best horror short stories and novellas from the previous year are published and both are keepers. Ellen Datlow has been bring you the best horror for over thirty years and this collection, her latest incarnation, presents her selection of the best from 2015. Includes her evaluation of horror last year.
1 / 11
"The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition" edited by Paula Guran. Each year two collections of the best horror short stories and novellas from the previous year are published and both are keepers. Paula Guran's remit covers horror and dark fantasy -- close cousins but not exactly the same thing. Also included is a brief introduction and a list of additional great dark fantasy and horror stories.
2 / 11
"The Process (is a Process All Its Own)" by Peter Straub. Straub's popular serial killer Tillman Hayward -- aka the Ladykiller -- returns in this hardcover novella. Last seen in the stories "The Skylark" and "A Special Place", he cuts up a swath of women in the American Midwest, circa 1950's, Tillman's story will haunt for a long time after you've finished.
3 / 11
"Bone White" by Ronald Malfi. Paul Gallo's twin brother Danny went missing a year ago in Alaska. However, hope for closure is rekindled when a mass murderer leads investigators to the graves of his victims in Dread’s Hand, Alaska. However, when Paul arrives he finds there are no answers waiting for him -- only mysteries. Like why are there a line of wooden crosses at the forest's edge and what are they keeping out?
4 / 11
S P Miskowski
"I Wish I Was Like You" by S. P. Miskowski. Seattle, 1994. After a full days work at a job she dislikes, Greta came home to find her dead body waiting for her. It looks like suicide but Greta knows she didn't take her life in a poor woman's imitation of Kurt Cobain. But if somebody killed her, who was it? And why? It's part horror and part dark comedy, with a little bit of nostalgia for good measure.
5 / 11
"Final Girls: A Novel" by Riley Sager. Quincy Carpenter lost five friends in a vacation massacre which only she survived. This put her in an exclusive "clue" of final girls. Two others also survived their attackers when others dies: Lisa and Sam. Ten years later, Lisa is dead and Sam appears at Quincy's door for help. But what she really seems to want is to make Sam relive her painful memories of the massacre.
6 / 11
"The Unwilling Recruit" (A John Hunt Novel #1) by John Evans. John Hunt is a television reporter. Andrew is his cameraman. When John takes Andrew out of the safe zone in Syria, they're hit by an explosion. Andrew is killed. Against any law of probability, John survives, albeit disfigured. Then the ghost of his cameraman pays John a visit and the questions can no longer be ignored.
7 / 11
"Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology: edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero. In 1968, George A. Romero shocked and horrified the world with his movie "Night of the Living Dead". This anthology collects 19 stories by top horror writers that cover the 48 hour time period of Mr. Romero's movie. Also included are two introductions, one by each editor.
8 / 11
BONUS BOOK: "Talon of God: A Novel" by Wesley Snipes and Ray Norman. Talon Hunter is a holy warrior. Lauryn Jefferson is a skeptical doctor who sees Chicago's problem as merely a drug epidemic and not a demonic ploy to possess and enslave the souls of the windy city. Talon must train Lauryn to be a holy warrior or else millions will die and the blood will flow in rivers.
9 / 11
BONUS BOOK: "House of Windows" by John Langan. This book has been reprinted with a new introduction and a Reading Group Guide. Langan's first novel is a haunted house tale. Veronica Croydon's marriage to a famous professor who left his wife for her, falls under attack by forces psychological and supernatural. The survivors are haunted by loss.
10 / 11
BONUS BOOK: "Spirit Hunters" BY Ellen Oh. Normally I don't feature middle grade horror books in this list but this one is by the founder of We Need Diverse Books, Ellen Oh. But for Ellen I made it a bonus book. Harper Raine's family moves into a haunted house but Harper is skeptical until her younger brother Michael begins acting strangely. A dangerous ghost is haunting her brother and only Harper can save him.
11 / 11