Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Horror Books for September 2017
September is usually an interesting month. Publishers usually cut back their offerings for the Summer months and then starting in September, you begin to get a nice bounty of books again.
This month I selected my ten books but waited a week before I set myself to the task of writing the little blurbs -- the notes section of the slideshow presentation for those of you who have created a Riffle book list or two.
In that week's time, the English translation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's latest book I am Behind You disappeared from Amazon.com. I found the original book record, with just the book cover and no blurb, only with difficulty.
Darned if I know but I suspect that for one reason or another the book publication had to be set back, maybe indefinitely. t's aggravating but these things happen. Maybe the translation is difficult and she or he needed more time. Maybe the publisher needed to reduce the number of books offered in September for financial reasons. Maybe the original editor left the publishing house and her or his replacement killed the project.
You rarely find out the why of these things unless you subscribe to Publisher's Weekly or Locus magazines and even then you may not find out.
Another book I'm keeping an eye on is Witches Brew: Stories for the Season, an anthology edited by Paula Guran and published by Prime Books. Except I'm not so sure. Prime has cut back on its editing needs and their website has no mention of the book, not even in their forthcoming list.
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This book list is a work in progress. Check back occasionally for more updates. Published 8/23/2017.
"Sleeping Beauties: A Novel" by Stephen King and Owen King. Father and son collaborate in this story of a sickness that causes all women to fall asleep & cocoon themselves from which they must not be awakened. Only "Eve Black" seems to resist the sleep. However, this anomaly drives some men to try to destroy her while others want to save her. Others still want to use that conflict to drive their own agendas.
1 / 12
"The Twilight Pariah" by Jeffrey Ford. It's Summer and for this last vacation, college students Maggie, Russell, and Henry want to drink themselves blind and use their mad archaeologist skills on the old house in the woods. What they find is a skeleton of a horned child and a bottle of red liquid which turns their lives into a nightmare.
2 / 12
"The Last to See Me: A Novel" by M Dressler. One hundred years ago, Emma Rose Finnis lived and died in northern California. Now she haunts Lambry mansion as a ghost. She exists there in peace with her memories. Now a hunter has been called to cast the ghost out of the mansion. Emma's idyllic afterlife is about to come crashing to a horrific end -- unless she fights back. A literate ghost story.
3 / 12
John Ajvide Lindqvist
"I Am Behind You" by John Ajvide Lindqvist and translated by Marlaine Delargy. The author of "Let the Right One In" returns... The notice for this book has disappeared which makes me think publication is about to be postponed. I'll update this list when I find out something concrete.
4 / 12
"Savage Woods" by Mary SanGiovanni. State Trooper Peter Grainger is searching Nilhollow, a haunted 600 plus acre forest, for Julia Russo, who recently disappeared. He doesn't know that long ago the Turning of the Earth corrupted the most powerful of Nilhollow's elemental spirits until the First Americans bound them and put the elemental to sleep. But now the bindings are weakening and the elemental is waking.
5 / 12
"An Unkindness of Magicians" by Kat Howard. In this dark fantasy thriller with mythic overtones, magic controls everything in New York City and the city's magicians control the magic. Or they did, until the magic began fading. Sydney is a rare magician of incredible power who may be able to fix things. Except that Sydney doesn't want to save magic. She wants to destroy it.
6 / 12
"The Furthest Station: A PC Grant Novella" by Ben Aaronovitch. PC Peter Grant is the junior member of the Metropolitan Police's Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly which is tasked with investigating those weird crimes that involve supernatural phenomena. The ghosts on the London Underground have gone from the harmless occasional presence to frightening spirits that are terrorizing London's commuters.
7 / 12
"New Fears - New horror stories by masters of the genre" edited by Mark Morris. Nineteen tales of fear by Ramsey Campbell, Josh Malerman, Alison Littlewood, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Nina Allan, A.K. Benedict, Chaz Brenchley, Stephen Gallagher, Brady Golden, Muriel Gray, Carole Johnstone, Stephen Laws, Brian Lillie, Sarah Lotz, Adam Nevill, Kathryn Ptacek, Angela Slatter and Conrad Williams.
8 / 12
"Witches Brew: Stories for the Season" edited by Paula Guran. Prime Books Halloween seasonal offering this year is a collection of short stories about the iconic hero, anti-hero and villain: The Witch.
9 / 12
"A Small Charred Face" by Kazuki Sakuraba and translated by Jocelyne Allen. The "bamboo" are vampire like creatures that immigrated from China and are trying to find a place in Japan to exist. They don't age, never change and live for over a century. Other than to drink the life sustaining blood, they must never, never come into contact with humans. So what happens when one adopts a recently orphaned human child?
10 / 12
BONUS BOOK: "Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction" by Grady Hendrix. The horror author who brought you "Horrorstör" and "My Best Friend’s Exorcism" helps you sift through the paperback horror titles of the 1970's and 1980's to find those rare gems worth reading and give you a good laugh at the ones that failed miserably.
11 / 12
Horror Literature through History [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears
BONUS BOOK: "Horror Literature through History [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears" edited by Matt Cardin. Discover the history of horror fiction in this two volume set. Matt Cardin presents essays that outlines the history of horror, surveys the ever changing themes of the genre, and explores the major and many of the minor authors and more.
12 / 12