The Horror Show with Brian Keene Book Club Selections: 2018

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The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast debuted on January 29, 2015.

Originally horror author J.F. Gonzalez had the idea for a podcast but, unfortunately, he passed away before he could see it through to fruition. However, Brian Keene and Dave Thomas, have taken the idea and made it a huge success.

The show was officially a hit by the third episode.

To prepare for the fourth year of the podcast and In response to listener requests, the good hosts of The Horror Show with Brian Keene have announced the 2018 Book Club Selections and here is their list.

Brian asked his listeners what they wanted from the podcast in 2018. One popular request was to talk more about horror books.

I thought the solution was brilliant. Create a book club around seminal horror books that are classics or will be classics in a few years time and are currently available for purchase so everyone can participate. For the full rules and the original announcement, check out episode 145:

Episode 145: The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast -- "Twisted Book of Shadows"

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Brian picked out the first five novels. Co-host and sound engineer supreme Dave "Meteornotes" Thomas will pick books for June and July. Co-host and cosmic horror author Mary SanGiovanni will select books for August and September. October and November's books will be chosen by Mike Lombardo. The effervescent and entertaining Phoebe gets to select December's book. I'll update this book list as the selections are announced.

I invite you to join me in reading the books, listening to the podcast and maybe even participating in the discussions online. As Brian Keene said in his "Roots" speech: "Know your genre. Know your history. Read a book." And now he's giving you a painless and fun way to get started on that.

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Updated: 2/15/2018

Episode 155: THE BLACKLIST – The Horror Show with Brian Keene.

Updated my post to reflect the changes made starting with episode 155. The Horror Show has changed from a monthly schedule to a bi-monthly schedule. This was at the request of a number of the fans of the show.

I've updated the new book discussion date for Afterage and gave the tentative months that the other books will be discussed. I'll add more information as it becomes available.

A caveat: This podcast features news as a major component of its format. That means that sometimes another feature gets postponed because of the news. If it happens to a book discussion, be patient, they will get around to doing it soon after.

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Before the 2018 Book Discussion Series

Click on the podcast title for a link to a page where you can listen to or download the episode.

Episode 36: F. PAUL WILSON and THOMAS MONTELEONE – The Horror Show with Brian Keene -- Contains the insightful discussion for A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay with spoilers, at the end of the podcast.

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The Horror Show with Brian Keene 2018 Book Club

The book discussions take up most of the podcast and contain spoilers so be sure to read the books first if at all possible. Click on the podcast title for a link to a page where you can listen to or download the episode.

Episode 151: J.F. GONZALEZ'S PRIMITIVE - The Horror Show With Brian Keene

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You should also listen to the podcast. You can start with the latest episode and/or go all the way back to the first episode and work your way forward. I'm doing both. After you look at this book list, select one of these links to begin listening:

I want to try the latest episode of The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast

I want to start at the very beginning. Episode One of The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast

This book list is a work in progress. Check back occasionally for more updates. Published 12/31/2017.

Updated: 1/21/2018 Added an early book discussion book from the first season of The Horror Show with Brian Keene and a link to the episode.

Updated: 1/16/2018 Updated my post. How did I forget that every year I've lived in has had an October (my fave Halloween month) and November? To Mike Lombardo, I'm sorry I left you off the list when I originally published this post. )

Updated: 2/15/2018 Updated my post to reflect the changes made starting with episode 155.

Updated: 3/25/2018 Updated the book list's order.

-- Gregory Fisher, Riffle Horror Editor and Undead Rat

Source: Episode 145 of The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast -- "Twisted Book of Shadows"