The best horror books 2017
The Best Horror Books of – Chicago Review of BooksBut beyond just hitting us in the bad feels, the year also gave us a new all-star gateway anthology, an eerie pastoral-gothic debut, new novels by returning favorites, and otherworldly delights—both fictional and non-fictional. Add to Bag. In his grief and anger, the boy makes contact with an old and ancient presence, which offers to help make him whole and exact terrible revenge—if he allows it. The occult horror masks a genuine exploration of how trauma can affect a person, cutting them out of the world, instilling violent fantasies of revenge, and leaving psychological wounds that linger long after the physical trauma had healed. Read our review. The result is a terrifying look at confronting past trauma, set against a midwestern-gothic horror house as chill-inducing as the Overlook Hotel or Allardyce Manor. Universal Harvester , by John Darnielle A video store clerk in a small Iowa town sees his peaceful life forever altered when customers begin finding unsettling scenes of hooded figures in a dark barn spliced into the humdrum movies at his store.
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So, for the purposes of compiling this list, I focused on books published by smaller presses partly because those are what I tend to read, and partly because I feel like they need the signal boost , with the occasional big splash, graphic novel, or other oddity thrown in to keep things interesting. While the vampire novel in general—and the YA vampire novel in particular—may feel like a scene that has been well played out by now, Dalpe breathes new life into it by resurrecting the primal, atavistic, Gothic horror that made the children of the night sing to us in the first place. What if The Thing or From Beyond had starred a bunch of analogues of real-life rock stars with the serial numbers filed off, trapped in a snowed-in hotel with shape-changing monsters? The twisted mind behind Bird Box returns with a psychological horror about a strange and sinister sound reverberating from an African desert and the aging Detroit rockers tasked by the U. Government to investigate the disturbance. Kirkus declares Malerman's kinetic new release "dark, brooding, and slightly unhinged" and "certifiably unlike any you'll read this year.
If you want a complete list of the books I read this year, visit my Goodreads page. Also, I feel the need to mention that this list represents my personal favorites from and I only included books I actually read or listened to. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below! Those Who Follow is a fantastic follow-up. The plot is simple, yet complex in the way it unfolds, and the Sisters do a tremendous job weaving together the storyline. I breezed through this in about two sittings. The pacing of this book is unbelievable and I encourage all of you looking for an engrossing page-turner to check this novel out.
I have an October tradition: every Halloween, I choose my favorite horror novels, novellas, and short story collections of the year. Honestly, this book is a masterclass in tone, atmosphere, and grafting speculative elements onto real-life geography. I was so happy to see this short story collection make the longlist and shortlist! I have unrealistically high expectations for Jeffrey Ford books, but he manages to meet them every time. Three college students unearth an infant skeleton beneath an abandoned Victorian mansion, and things go downhill from there.