JOYLAND by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"A satisfyingly warped yarn, kissing cousins of Blue Velvet. Readers may be inclined to stay off the Tilt-a-Whirl for a while after diving into these pages."
Great. First we have to be afraid of clowns. Now it's the guy who runs the Ferris wheel. Read full book review >
ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The latest from a generation of literary novelists who are erasing the distinction between art and pulp."
The zombie genre provides unlikely inspiration for the author's creative renewal. Read full book review >

BAITED BLOOD by Sue Ann Jaffarian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Although killing the undead is no joke, this second entry in Jaffarian's latest series offers both humor and heart."
A spate of grisly stakings sends shock waves though L.A.'s vampire community. Read full book review >
THE LAST WEREWOLF by Glen Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"Duncan's writing is quirky and brilliant—and definitely not for kids."
Duncan continues the long tradition of werewolf literature in this harrowing novel of lupine transformation. Read full book review >
I'LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE by Steve Earle
THRILLERS
Released: May 12, 2011

"Already well-respected for both his music and his acting, Earle can now add novelist to an impressive résumé."
A thematically ambitious debut novel that draws from the writer's experience yet isn't simply a memoir in the guise of fiction. Read full book review >

THE MEDUSA AMULET by Robert Masello
THRILLERS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Great writing and rich detail combine for a gripping read."
A bookish librarian encounters danger and intrigue when he sets out in search of a lost Renaissance masterpiece rumored to possess strange powers, in Masello's latest novel (Blood and Ice, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FALLEN BLADE by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2011

"Pounce on this one."
Alternate-world fantasy from the talented and versatile author of End of the World Blues (2007), wherein Marco Polo's family founded the dynasty that rules Venice. Read full book review >
BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"A refreshing and addictive lure for readers uninterested in fangs, bats, capes and hissing."
A 100-year-old vampire thief runs afoul of secret biological experimenters—first of an urban fantasy series from the versatile author of Boneshaker (2009). Read full book review >
HANDLING THE UNDEAD by John Ajvide Lindqvist
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A philosophical story about fears to which no beating heart is immune."
Bright lights in a big city herald the return of the dead in Swedish horrorist Lindqvist's second novel, after Let the Right One In (2007), a vampire tale that was later turned into a movie. Read full book review >
THE SHAKE by Mel Nicolai
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"An utterly readable fusion of vampire fiction and labyrinthine whodunit powered by a highly intelligent narrative containing deep existential speculation and numerous philosophical references; Anne Rice meets Dashiell Hammett at a Zen Buddhist monastery."
A philosophically inclined vampire turns gumshoe and investigates an unsolved murder. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Harsh and unrelenting crime fiction, masterfully done."
The IRA may have made peace with England, but decades of violence still haunt a former terrorist. Read full book review >
BIG MACHINE by Victor LaValle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Too idea-hungry and haywire to be fully successful, too alive and abrasive to be missed. The multicultural novel has come of age—smashingly."
Lavalle (The Ecstatic, 2002, etc.) fractures all our tidy notions of how well-made fiction ought to behave in his singular tale of a bizarre quest that achieves apocalyptic fulfillment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >