Horror Book Reviews (page 5)

THE COUNT OF SAN FILIPPO by Mauricio D'Tejada
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"A sometimes-engaging horror tale, hampered by an undercooked plot."
A creepy aristocrat who recently arrived in town turns out to be a hungry vampire on the prowl in this debut horror yarn set in an unspecified Latin-American country. Read full book review >
THE HANGING TREE by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A creepy tale with potential that ultimately lacks enough punch."
A curse brings death and ruin to several generations of a family in Cash's (Stillwell, 2013, etc.) supernatural novella. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >