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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Horror
This year’s crop of creepies is heavy on the historic horror—discoveries of the present revealing traumas of the past. Also: demon puppets! Everything here was reviewed in Booklist between August 2016 and July 2017.
The Burning World. By Isaac Marion. 2017. Atria/Emily Bestler, $27 (9781476799711).
This sequel to Warm Bodies (2011) finds R and Julie preparing zombies to rejoin the world, work interrupted by the thought-dominating Axion corporation. An epic cross-country journey begins, revealing just what’s left of the world.
A failing salvage company gets a chance to change its fortune by rescuing valuables
from a house scheduled for demolition. But it’s haunted, and the crew members begin experiencing spectral sights as they expose the house’s secrets.
Haven. By Tom Deady. 2016. Cemetery Dance, $40 (9781587675133).
Seventeen years after Paul Greymore was put into prison for child murders on shaky evidence, he’s released—only for the murders to start over. Paul joins a ragtag group on a journey into the town’s forests and caves to find the monstrous thing truly at fault.
Hekla’s Children. By James Brogden. 2017. Titan, $14.95 (9781785654381).
Brogden presents two chilling mysteries. A school group on a hike vanishes, save one,
who can’t remember a thing. And what does this have to do with the Un, an ancient people
who used this land to guard the world from a monster? A dreadful, fast-paced thriller.
Little Heaven. By Nick Cutter. 2017. Gallery, $26 (9781501104213).
Cutter’s latest offering of thoughtful pulp involves the abduction of a girl by a
monster with a score to settle. A group of flawed heroes are thrust into a hellish commune called Little Heaven. Claustrophobic, exciting, and with philosophical
A Long December. By Richard Chizmar. 2016. Subterranean, $40 (9781596067936).
Chizmar has spent 27 years running Cemetery Dance Publications, and it shows in this
collection of his own work—subtly terrifying tales of normal lives completely
upended by circumstances beyond control. This is unusually poignant horror.
The Motion of Puppets. By Keith Donohue. 2016. Picador, $26 (9781250057181).
Donohue’s masterpiece of psychological horror follows acrobat Kay, who stumbles across
an old toy store, where she’s transformed into a puppet and held prisoner. As her husband
frantically searches for her, she begins to forget her human world.
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror. Ed. by Ellen Datlow. 2016. Tachyon, $16.95
Queen of the horror anthology Datlow follows up Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
(2010) with this 2005–15 compendium, which delightfully showcases the modern breadth of
horror, from psychologically chilling to all-out terrorizing. A perfect discovery tool.
Reanimatrix. By Pete Rawlik. 2016. Night Shade, $15.99 (9781597808804).
In post-WWI Europe, detective Robert Peaslee found doctors creating a serum to be
used to reanimate dead soldiers. Now, back in New England, he’s on a murder case that
may have ties to that discovery. A hard-boiled, Lovecraft-inspired epistolary horror mystery.
Universal Harvester. By John Darnielle. 2017. Farrar, $25 (9780374282103).
Darnielle’s follow-up to Wolf in White Van (2014) is the unsettling tale of
Jeremy, whose go-nowhere video-store job in 1990s Iowa morphs into David Lynch–like
terror when scenes of apparent torture are dubbed onto some VHS tapes.
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