Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for August 2017
For the last couple of months, I've been hard at work expanding the number and kind of book lists that you can find on the Riffle Horror Editor's profile. At the time of this writing, I have over 100 book lists with another 5 in various stages of completion.
Don't believe me? Go ahead and click on the link above and check them out. You don't have to have a Riffle account to view my profile and the book lists in it. You can click on any list title that interests you.
Although I've had a couple of such lists for years, last month I started creating series book lists in earnest. I take horror novel and horror graphic novel series and list the books published, usually in the order of publication. They seem to be popular.
One caveat is that I won't list a series with less than 5 items in it. It really doesn't make sense to have a whole list for just two or three books. Which is a shame because I really like several trilogies like The Pine Deep Trilogy.
What do you think of series book lists? Like them? Hate them? Let me know in the discussion section below the book list.
In the meantime, you can check out the best new horror books for August 2017 and perhaps find a new story to read. Let me know in the discussion below if any book tickles your fancy.
To see additional Essential Horror Books lists, check out the links below:
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 7/18/2017.
Updated: 8/23/2017 Improved links to more 'Essential Horror Book Lists'.
"The Dark Net" by Benjamin Percy. Wherever you have humans, you have black markets and areas of criminal activity and the Internet is no exception. Called the Dark Net, it's a place of anonymity where you can get almost anything you want, legal or otherwise. Four very different people discover that an ancient evil has infiltrated the Dark Net in a bid to extend its reach to everyone.
1 / 12
"The Wolves of El Diablo" (The Men Who Walk Like Wolves #2) by Eric Red. In this weird Western sequel to "The Guns of Santa Sangre", The sister to one of the lycanthropes who died in the first book, leads a pack of fifty werewolves against the three outlaws just when they attempt to rob a train of a fortune in silver bars.
2 / 12
"Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination" by David Nickle. In this sequel to "Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism", a new group of eugenicists, this time situated in the Bavarian Alps in 1931, work on creating their Übermensch through breeding and by using the mysterious inhuman parasite called the Juke. Only Dr. Andrew Waggoner and World War I veteran Jason Thistledown are able to stop the creation of Die volks.
3 / 12
"Valley of Terror" by Zhou Haohui and translated by Bonnie Huie. Something is scaring the people of Longzhou, China, to death. Those who don't die screaming in terror are left as insane wrecks. Chief Inspector Luo Fei investigates this epidemic of fear which leads him to two people who may be able to help him -- a controversial historian and a psychologist. Will the trio be able to stop the killing fear?
4 / 12
"The Grip of It: A Novel" by Jac Jemc. James' gambling and poor impulse control has forced him and his wife Julie to move from the city to a suburban house near a forest. Soon the house becomes claustrophobic, revealing hidden rooms within rooms and stains on the walls that change shape and look a lot like the strange bruises showing up on Julie's body. A literate psychological haunted house novel.
5 / 12
J. Danielle Dorn
"Devil's Call" by J. Danielle Dorn. In the middle of a hot 1859 evening, three men shoot and kill Dr. Matthew Callahan, leaving pregnant Li Lian a widow and blamed for the murder. In a letter to her unborn child, Li Lian describes her flight from justice and quest to hunt down the killers, armed only with a long-rifle and the magic which is her family heritage.
6 / 12
"Dark Light: Dawn" by Jon Land and created by the CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors of King Midas World Entertainment Inc., Fabrizio Boccardi. Max Younger is a survivor and a Navy SEAL. Victoria Tanoury is a scientist working for the World Health Organization to stop an infectious disease from becoming a pandemic in this supernatural and scientific apocalyptic thriller.
7 / 12
"Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election" by Scott Kenemore. The world knows he was a business tycoon and then a reality TV star and now he's the presidential candidate for his party. What the world doesn't know is that he is a zombie. Only an unseasoned reporter and a blogger derided for "fake news" have a chance of revealing the truth...but will it even matter?
8 / 12
"Forever After: A Dark Comedy" by David Jester. Michael Holland is a grim reaper and he has what must be the worst territory, populated by an astounding number of Darwin Award winners -- i.e., people who manage to die stupid deaths. "Forever After" is a humorous horror novel set in a world like ours except, you know, not.
9 / 12
"Spermjackers From Hell" by Christine Morgan. A group of guys decide that summoning a demon, a succubus no less. Why? It would be an easy summoning, easy sex, easy kinky sex and -- after all -- demons don't really exist, so no harm. Except they do exist and the there is harm . . . a lot of unsexy sex related harm. And it's up to the guys to send her back -- if they can.
10 / 12
BONUS BOOK: "The New Annotated Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, edited with notes by Leslie S. Klinger, with 200 illustrations and over one thousand annotations. This annotated Frankenstein not only looks at the original 1818 edition but also traces the change made in the revisions of 1823 and 1831. Ideal for any serious study of one of horror's most famous novels.
11 / 12
Edgar Allan Poe
BONUS BOOK: "Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories" (Gothic Fantasy Series) by Edgar Allan Poe and 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 (nearly 280,000 words) of short stories by Poe. Also includes illustrations.
12 / 12