Horror Book Reviews (page 5)

THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Boyne saves a nice surprise for the last word of the novel, but otherwise, this is not edge-of-your-seat scary."
Standard gothic fare, from the frisson of cold hands on one's throat to creepy ghosts. Read full book review >
LET THE OLD DREAMS DIE by John Ajvide Lindqvist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Gripping, cerebral, intriguing, enigmatic—like a puzzle you enjoy working on but may never solve."
The Swedish author offers sequel stories to Handling the Undead (2010) and Let the Right One In (aka Let Me In, 2007; adapted for film in Sweden and in the U.S.). Read full book review >

RED HILL by Jamie McGuire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"By the time the novel lurches to the end, readers may find themselves pulling for the zombies."
Far-fetched coincidences, encounters with reanimated cadavers and a smorgasbord of emotions, including—what else?—love, connect a group of people who flee a zombie apocalypse in McGuire's (Walking Disaster, 2013, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
THE SLEEP ROOM by F.R. Tallis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Layering several familiar elements expertly, Tallis (Death and the Maiden, 2012, etc.) creates a deliciously creepy mood of neogothic suspense."
A remote psychiatric hospital in the 1950s is the perfect setting for progressive treatments...and paranormal activity. Read full book review >
CAIN'S BLOOD by Geoffrey Girard
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Mostly suited for horror fans with an interest in real-life serial killers and with exceptionally strong stomachs."
A former Black Ops soldier with a troubled history is called in after a deranged geneticist creates multiple clones of famous serial killers and then releases them into the world. Read full book review >

FROM A KILLER'S MIND by Jason Helford
Released: July 29, 2013

"A violent, disturbing thriller."
A psychological novel that takes readers inside the mind of a serial killer. Read full book review >
RAGGED LOVE by Caroline Fedotowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 23, 2013

"A unique but hurried account of a difficult relationship."
Fedotowsky's debut combines experimental passagesand more straightforward memoir fodder in a tribute to her late husband. Read full book review >
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 >
Released: Feb. 22, 2013

"A thought-provoking, singularly strange and absorbing novel."
A desperate villager's quest to become Zimbabwe's newest executioner kicks off this intriguing debuthorror novel involving man-eating plants, organ harvesting and other uncanny oddities. Read full book review >
YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD by Raymond Esposito
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A fine read for horror fans who think they've seen everything in a zombie story."
This sprawling horror debut sees a tight-knit band of Florida natives battle tides of flesh-eating savages. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"A stark division of narratives, but each is absorbing, especially for history fans."
An engaging, suspenseful occult novel set in historical and contemporary Prague. Read full book review >
ASSASSIN'S CODE by Jonathan Maberry
THRILLERS
Released: April 10, 2012

"The story's fast pace helps it go down easy, but it's almost all empty calories."
Even protagonist Joe Ledger, hero of three previous Maberry novels (The King of Plagues, 2011, etc.), knows that the premise of his latest adventure is totally ridiculous: Ledger scoffs at the idea of vampires with nuclear bombs, and Maberry can't quite make a convincing case for them either. 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 >