2016 has been another great year for this reader and whilst it is far from being over I thought I would share with you some of the highlights. In no particular order, here are 5 of my favourite books so far. If you wish to find out more about these books then follow the links provided to the publishers websites or click on the Amazon links. As always, many thanks to the publishers who often provide me with copies for the purpose of review 🙂
MISTER WHITE – John C. Foster
‘Mister White’ was Grey Matter Press first full novel release and it was an absolute doozy. Foster skilfully blended espionage thriller with pant-wetting horror as a ghost like figure seeks to kill anyone that dares speak his name. The short story originally featured in the anthology ‘Dark Visions’, also by Grey Matter Press, was simply to whet the appetite for what was to be an excellent novel full of originality, scares and action.
THE RUIN SEASON – Kristopher Triana
I took a brief break from horror to read this noir novel by Kristopher Triana about a horse wrangler suffering with bipolar disorder. Sounds a bit grim, I know, but this heartfelt story featured some superb characterisation, great pacing and an in-depth knowledge of bipolar disorder that leant a real authenticity to the narrative. I breezed through this book and can definitely see a re-read coming around later this year. Emotional, gripping and tragic, ‘The Ruin Season’ is an absolute gem from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SERVANTS OF HELL – Paul Kane
I have only recently finished this book from Paul Kane and I can honestly say that it is a masterclass on how to blend two different stories into one cohesive narrative. Holmes is brilliantly portrayed as the stubborn detective, whilst the descriptions of Hell are truly excellent. The scenes in this book as these two face off against each other are truly exceptional and I loved everything about it. A fantastic mash-up that all horror fans will enjoy.
UNGER HOUSE RADICALS – Chris Kelso
Chris Kelso is a unique writer. His odd blend of Meta, Bizarro-style horror fiction has to be read to be believed. ‘Unger House Radicals’ was a sickening story about the lengths people will go to become recognised. A story of two halves, Kelso deftly weaves a strange, violent, bloody story that reads like a modern day ‘Clockwork Orange’ but also has elements of ‘Fight Club’. Disturbing, well-written and difficult to put down, this book will test you as a reader, though ultimately it will leave you feeling exhausted but incredibly satisfied in the knowledge that you have read something truly original. Nobody else is quite like Chris Kelso.
THE INVASION – Brett McBean
‘The Invasion’ concept isn’t particularly new, though what McBean does is tell a story that is both gripping, brilliantly paced, sickening and more than a little true to life. This book is 300+ pages, though I devoured it in two sittings, such was the desire to continue reading. The pacing of this novel was outstanding as were the characters who gave the book a real lifelike feel. The people in this book could easily be identified as someone you know from your street and this made what happens to them all the more horrifying. There are some truly unpleasant scenes in this book that once it gets a hold of you, it refuses to let go.
So, there you have it. What are your favourite reads so far in 2016? Feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you. Keep reading, and perhaps more importantly, keep reviewing 😉