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.

What happened?

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.


To see additional Essential Horror Books lists, check out the links below:

Essential Horror Books for: January, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: February,

Essential Horror Books for: March, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: April,

Essential Horror Books for: May, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: June,

Essential Horror Books for: July, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: August,

Essential Horror Books for: September, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: October,

Essential Horror Books for: November, --|-- Essential Horror Books for: December,

If you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in the discussion section below the list.

This book list is a work in progress. Check back occasionally for more updates. Published 8/23/2017.


-- Gregory Fisher, Riffle Horror Editor and Undead Rat