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Reading Recommendations: Seven+ Horror Fiction Books To Read This Weekend


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Update 3/18/17:

Originally when we made this post, it was only with the intention to share seven horror reads. However, as time has went on, it’s became clear that there is no reasonable way to limit this post to only seven… not when there are so many great horror works just waiting to be read and shared.

So we have added to this horror list, with more to come. If you love this genre as much as we do, we hope you’ll check out the recommended reads below. As always, please feel free to share your own beloved horror recommendations in the comments section beneath the post.

Want even more horror books? See our past featured books by clicking here.


The world is at war against things that slink and gibber in the darkness, and titans that stride from world to world, sewing madness and death. War has existed in one form or another since the dawn of human civilization, and before then, Elder terrors battled it out across this planet and this known universe in ways unimaginable.

It has always been a losing battle for our side since time began. Incidents like the Innsmouth raid, chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft, mere blips of victory against an insurmountable foe. Still we fight, against these incredible odds, in an unending nightmare, we fight, and why? For victory, for land, for a political ideal? No, mankind fights for survival.

Our authors, John Shirley, Mark Rainey, Wilum Pugmire, William Meikle, Tim Curran, Jeffrey Thomas and many others have gathered here to share war stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness. This book chronicles these desperate battles from across the ages, including Roman Britain, The American Civil War, World War Two, The Vietnam Conflict, and even into the far future.

This ebook edition features 22 interior illustrations (one accompanying each story)

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All three volumes of the spine-chilling TATTERDEMON trilogy available in one single volume.

In 1691 the town of Crossfall taught the witch Thessaly how to die. They beat her, they shot her, they hung her – but nothing worked. When they finally tried to bury her alive Thessaly set the field against them. The first man died as a gust of wind harrowed the meat from his bones. A root,flung like a dirty javelin, cut a second man down. Many more deaths followed. The Preacher Fell impaled the witch upon her very own broom but she dragged him down into the field to wait for three more centuries.

Three hundred years later Maddy Harker will murder her bullying husband Vic. She will bury him in the field as she buried her abusive father years before that. The very same field where the revenant spirit of Thessaly Cross lies waiting.

In three days Vic will rise again – a thing of dirt, bone and hatred.

Men will call him the Tatterdemon.

And hell – and Thessaly – will follow

“The genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion.” –Edward Lee, author of FLESH GOTHIC and CITY INFERNAL

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“This is exactly the kind of intelligent, action-packed zombie thriller that fans of DJ Molles and Max Brooks will love!”
– ZombieBookBlog
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When the zombie apocalypse sweeps across the eastern states of America, Jack Cutter is the man least likely to last beyond the first few minutes. Dealing with the recent tragic deaths of his wife and child, Cutter is forced into a desperate struggle for survival – and for redemption. Everything Cutter came to expect from life is torn away and turned upside down so that all he has left is his instinct and a sense of fate that compels him on his journey.
The action is frantic and terrifying as Cutter slowly discovers the cost of staying alive is dealing with his guilt and accepting responsibility he can never be prepared for.
‘Ground Zero: A Zombie Apocalypse’ is a real story with real characters that readers will cheer on until the final shocking twist.
A novel of approx. 57,000 words.

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Leena Price had been born with a gift. A gift which offered her only scorn from her father. She would find this gift to be either a blessing, or a huge burden. Doors would be opened into the brightest worlds or the darkest hells.

After years of living on the streets on her own, she’d found a safe haven with her aunt in New Orleans. However, New Orleans would prove to be dangerous for her. A serial killer roamed the streets of the French Quarter, and discovered this gifted woman. He kept his eyes focused on her, waiting and watching.

She’d become involved in the investigation, but would her gift help Detective Roger Black find the killer, or would it put her in harm’s way? Would karma bring Leena and Roger together, working it’s magic on them?

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Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.

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Two young boys reawaken an ancient vampire. Only “The Book of the Dark” can stop it. But the sun is getting low…. and vamps are not the only dangers in the night.

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The thing Evil craves most is innocence. When small children disappear, you can be assured that Evil has crawled out of its dirty corner. And when those children turn up dead, Evil has clawed its mark on humanity.

What if you were a homicide detective and little girls were suddenly being kidnapped and murdered by a devious pedophile? And what if that pedophile left no evidence behind except for the broken bodies? What would you sacrifice to save just one innocent child? Would any sacrifice be too great? What if it cost you someone you loved? What if, by saving that child, you unleash a horrific monster into your own life?

Mikael Ruskoff was living his dream. He was a highly successful, homicide detective working a career he loved. He had a mother who adored him, a son he took skateboarding, and a wife he loved more than words could express. He played a mean drum set every Thursday night with his best friend on guitar. His life was comfortable and pleasurable. Then he caught a case that would change his life forever.

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“A landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

“Stephen King’s most mature work” (St. Petersburg Times), “It will overwhelm you… to be read in a well-lit room only” (Los Angeles Times).

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EVERYBODY IS A BOOK OF BLOOD;
WHEREVER WE’RE OPENED, WE’RE RED. — Clive Barker

Few authors can claim to have marked a genre so thoroughly and personally that their words have leaked into every aspect of modern pop culture. Clive Barker is such an author, and the Books of Blood marked his debut – his coming out to the world – in brilliant, unforgettable fashion. Crossroad Press is proud to present Clive Barker’s “Books of Blood” in digital for the first time.

The Books of Blood combine the ordinary with the extraordinary while radiating the eroticism that has become Barker’s signature. Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist.

Never one to shy away from the unimaginable or the unspeakable, Clive Barker breathes life into our deepest, darkest nightmares, creating visions that are at once terrifying, tender, and witty. The Books of Blood confirm what horror fans everywhere have known for a long time: We will be hearing from Clive Barker for many years to come.

This second volume contains the short stories : “Dread,” “Hell’s Event,” “Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament,” “The Skins of the Fathers,” and “New Murders in the Rue Morgue,” as well as a new introduction by author Steven Savile.

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Crime Fiction Feature and Interview: Elysium Dreams by Hadena James @hadenajames


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Horror, Crime Fiction


ELYSIUM DREAMS

He skins his victims alive, taking pleasure from their pain.

In the cold, dark nights of Alaska, a hunter is stalking his prey. Once found, he takes them into the woods and skins them alive, prolonging the experience as much as he can, but the satisfaction always wanes.

Aislinn Cain and the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit have just finished up another case when they get the call. Now they are packing their bags and heading for Alaska in March. The team must overcome the hostile locals and harsh climate to catch a killer before he strikes again.

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Excerpt:

“She’d be fighting,” I said.
“What?”  Gabriel answered.
“This test isn’t accurate, she would be fighting, wriggling around, like a worm on a hook,” I explained.
“Well, you vetoed using you as a hoist dummy,” Gabriel said.
“I think it is disturbing that you used that analogy,” Arons said.
“She’s not like most women or men for that matter, in her mind, it is the best analogy,” Lucas said.
“Do not make excuses for me,” I said to him and turned the full weight of my attention on Arons.  “You may find some of what I have said and will say offensive.  I am fine with that.  It happens.  However, I know what I am doing and I am very good at it.  So, suck it up buttercup, if you cannot handle the way I approach the world, you are welcome to walk your ass out an exit.”
“And you just pissed her off,” Gabriel said to him.  “I’ve been in your shoes, take it from me, just let it go.”
“At least she didn’t ‘f-bomb’ you,” Lucas said.
“Or cut off your ear, she has a thing about Van Gogh,” Xavier added.


About the Author:

hadena james

I’ve been writing for over two decades and before that, I was creating my own bedtime stories to tell myself. I penned my first short story at the ripe old age of 8. It was a fable about how the raccoon got its eye-mask and was roughly three pages of handwritten, 8 year old scrawl. My mother still has it and occasionally, I still dig it out and admire it.

When I got my first computer, I took all my handwritten stories and typed them in. Afterwards, I tossed the originals. In my early twenties, I had a bit of a writer’s meltdown and deleted everything. So, with the exception of the story about the raccoon, I actually have none of my writings from before I was 23. Which is sad, because I had seven Aislinn Cain novels written along with a half dozen other novels and well over two hundred short stories. It has all been offered up to the computer and writing gods as a sacrifice and show of humility or some such nonsense that makes me feel less like an idiot about it.

I have been offered contracts with publishing houses in the past and always turned them down. Now that I have experimented with being an Indie Author, I really like it and I’m really glad I turned them down. However, if you had asked me this in the early years of 2000, I would have told you that I was an idiot (and it was a huge contributing factor to my deleting all my work).

Personally, I really do suffer from a severe anxiety disorder and migraines. I find both to be huge impediments to the life I would like to lead. I find solace in the fact that I have found a significant other that tries to understand my obsession with writing, wonderful family members who support my writing obsession and a best friend who understands and accepts me regardless of my quirks and idiosyncrasies (for the record, she is more like Alex from The Dysfunctional Chronicles than Nyleena).

When I’m not writing, I play in a steel-tip dart league and enjoy going to dart tournaments. I enjoy renaissance festivals and sanitized pirates who sing sea shanties. My appetite for reading is ferocious and I consume two to three books a week as well as writing my own. Aside from introducing me to darts, my SO has introduced me to camping, which I, surprisingly, enjoy. We can often be found in the summer at Mark Twain Lake in Missouri, where his parents own a campground.

I am a native of Columbia, Missouri, which I will probably call home for the rest of my life, but I love to travel. Day trips, week trips, vacations on other continents, wherever the path takes me is where I want to be and I’m hoping to be able to travel more in the future.
And no, I don’t always write in complete sentences… I refuse to… It sounds stiff and formal when I do.

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Interview:

When did you start to have a love for books? Before I could read.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?  Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher, I still read it from time to time

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?  The self-publishing revolution.  I’d never taken a contract because I couldn’t get one I liked.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Conversations with my best friend can be a huge source of inspiration

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?  Fortified Dreams, which releases Summer 2016.  It explains so much about what has been going on in the entire Dreams & Reality world.  Also, I got to use characters from my other series, which was kind of fun.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?  I love all my characters, even the bad guys.  Readers tend to feel the biggest connection to either Aislinn Cain (the main character) or Gabriel Henders (her boss).

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? Every time I publish a new book, I get a chill.  While I do it more than once, it is always the greatest moment.

What can readers expect from you next?  I have lots of projects in the works, including 9 more Dreams & Reality books, 2 Dysfunctional Chronicles, and a new series that will start in 2017

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?  Crime thrillers, serial killer thrillers & horror, there isn’t a lot of mystery, but I find mystery readers do like them.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?  Favorite book is Good Omens by Neil Gaimen & Terry Pratchett, however I also love Clive Barker and HP Lovecraft.  Favorite Television show is harder, probably Waiting For God, I watch reruns all the time.  My favorite movie at the moment is The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?  HP Lovecraft!  I am fascinated by his stories and they are the only ones to ever give me nightmares.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?  Busy.  I write all the time and love it!

What is your favorite place to visit? Chicago, IL and Berlin, Germany have been my favorite.

What words do you live by?  Tomorrow is another day.


 

Horror: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill #RT @joe_hill


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Horror, Suspense


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Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

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Horror: Undergrowth by William J. Kenney @WilliamJKenney


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Undergrowth is a horror novella written in the style of Lovecraft with nods to Poe as well. If you fancy checking under your bed before you drift off to sleep, give this a download.

A madness had hung over the Dinbury house for years. After his father commits suicide before his eyes – and on a public street – Chet sets about trying to unravel the mystery of his father’s insanity. What secrets lie hidden in his father’s study, full of odd artifacts and books of ancient lore. What is that sickly sound that he hears in the night and why can’t his wife hear it? Are the demons of madness now coming for him?

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Zombie Fiction Feature: Mutation Z Series Books 1-3 by Marilyn Peake @marilynpeake


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Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Conspiracy Fiction, Horror


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The boxed set of Books #1, #2, and #3 in the MUTATION Z series offers readers another way to become familiar with this exciting series. The story is introduced through the eyes of Emma Johnson, a nurse whose first job is at The Liberia Treatment and Research Camp in West Africa. Young and naïve, she soon learns about the horrors of medical experimentation in the African jungle. Journalist Hunter Morgan begins researching Chen-Zamora Pharmaceuticals, a company that has found a way to mutate the Ebola virus to create a Zombie Virus or “Z” Virus. He uncovers a web of sinister intrigue that connects the treatment and research camp, the pharmaceutical company, U.S. government officials, the CDC and the World Health Organization. This is conspiracy theory fiction in which zombies are used as biological weapons. Boxed Set of NOVELETTES and NOVELLAS. GENRES: Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Conspiracy Fiction, Horror.

REVIEWS:

Book #1, MUTATION Z: THE EBOLA ZOMBIES:

Shandy Jo, Mama Knows Books:
“The plot sucked me in, as it was well done and believable. This take on the pandemic angle was well done, and an interesting to see a zombie outbreak from start. I have to say this kept me on the edge of my seat, and made me want to wash my hands repeatedly.”

Rebecca Engelmann, Sister Sinister Speaks blog:
“I am VERY excited to hear that this novelette will be growing into a series! Especially because of the ending that leaves you with buggy eyes and an impressive jaw gape.”

Book #2, MUTATION Z: CLOSING THE BORDERS:

Margaret Marr, NightsAndWeekends.com:
“Mutation Z: Closing the Borders is an interesting and entertaining short read with a unique premise that offers a different take on the same old zombie outbreak storyline. This installment moves the story along and leaves you interested in reading more. You’re going to want answers to the ends that are left loose, but you’ll just have to wait for the third installment.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and I anxiously wait for the next book in the series.”

Book #3, MUTATION Z: PROTECTING OUR OWN:

Kat’s Inspiration Corner:
“Whether you are a fan of zombie or apocalyptic tales or not, this series is worth a look.
“You just may find that Ms Peake is your new favorite author for fiction with the ring of truth.”

Mallory Heart Reviews:
“Electrifying: Science Gone Amuck”

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Excerpt:

Excerpt from Mutation Z: Closing the Borders (Book 2)

By Marilyn Peake

I headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border to investigate what might be happening on the other side, try to get a jump on any potentially related story over there. Palm trees stood like scarecrows along the sides of the road, dark hulks whispering in the stark light of a nearly full moon.

As I entered the section of lanes on the Anzalduas International Bridge that funneled into the inspection booths for Customs and Border Protection, I realized things had been ramped up far beyond normal border security. It looked like a war zone. Helicopters and drones flew overhead. Like the wings of monstrous bats, helicopter blades slashed through the night, displacing air, creating sound wave pulses that kept everyone below on edge. Intermittently, a drone passed overhead—taking video with its cold blank eyes, I supposed, seeing everything and never blinking. Military SWAT teams patrolled the area on foot and in a variety of special operations vehicles. Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected armored vehicles sat along both sides of the road, waiting.

Soldiers on foot were dressed in full riot gear, armed to the teeth with assault and sniper rifles. Black-eyed insects, a few watched the traffic through goggles.

The sun had begun crawling up into the sky, painting bloodred smears across the billowing clouds. The moon was little more than a pale ghost now.

The lines of civilian vehicles weren’t long. I drove up to a booth, expecting to be ordered back into the States. I flashed my journalist credentials and my passport. A woman with wide brown eyes waved me through to the next set of inspection booths leading directly into Mexico.

One thing was clear: the authorities wanted every grisly detail of the eviscerated bodies story spread to the general public. They wanted the average citizen to be hiding in their house, peering out through trembling curtains, willing to do whatever the authorities recommended.

Driving up to the next set of inspection booths, the ones controlled by the Mexican authorities, I noticed the same type of policing as on the U.S. side. Here, too, the same heavily-armored U.S. military presence patrolled, working side by side with the Mexican Army.

But again, despite the serious military presence, I was waved straight through to the other side.

I drove into Reynosa, Mexico as the early light of day began to infiltrate the landscape, making it easier to see the world around me.

Both U.S. and Mexican military patrolled the sides of the road. I could also see uniformed persons moving throughout the desert that extended back from the road.

Driving a couple more miles, I decided to act on the hunch that once I flashed my journalist credentials, I’d be allowed to proceed wherever I wanted to go.

The instant I pulled over, a SWAT team surrounded me, assault weapons trained on my car windows, focused on me from every angle.

Instinctually, I put my hands up. A police officer in military gear shouted at me to open the door. As I complied with directions, he aimed his weapon directly at my head.