Horror Book Reviews (page 10)

CARRION COMFORT by Dan Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A satisfying story that delivers everything it promises."
Does evil exist? You betcha—and you will obey it. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF EDEN by Helen Benedict
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Despite moments of lyricism, more sensational than subtle."
Earthly paradise turns a British marriage hellish in this self-conscious, psychologically insecure novel from Benedict (The Opposite of Love, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

DRACULA by Dacre Stoker
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Flies and spiders, master! Big, messy, lots of fun—and not Stephenie Meyer."
Bram's great-grandnephew teams up with Dracula buff Holt to reclaim vampire lit from the unholy, unlettered legions churning out today's fang-and-cloak stuff. Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES by Otto Penzler
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Rubbish, Watson, rubbish! Read full book review >

NO DOORS, NO WINDOWS by Joe Schreiber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Workmanlike and agreeably absorbing, though lacking genuine thrills or chills."
More New England horror and madness tied to sadistic events in the past from Schreiber (Chasing the Dead, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

JOHN DIES AT THE END by David Wong
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Lowbrow, absurdist horror/comedy that works—a difficult trick to pull off."
Two wisecracking slackers attempt to thwart an invasion by supernatural beings. 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 >
THE DARKEST ROOM by Johan Theorin
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The Swedish landscape Theorin (Echoes from the Dead, 2008) presents as if in an endless single breath is as bleak as Henning Mankell's, but a lot more eventful. "
One-hundred-and-fifty years of dark doings come to a head in a Christmas Eve whiteout on the Swedish island of Öland. Read full book review >
BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An impressive and auspicious genre-hopping adventure."
Priest (Fathom, 2008, etc.) bravely, and successfully, ventures into steampunk and zombie-horror territory. Read full book review >
BASILISK by Graham Masterton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Masterton (Ghost Music, 2009, etc.) involves readers with fast-flowing action, but saddles himself with a repellent hero."
A genetic researcher must help his comatose wife after she falls victim to a basilisk's stare. Read full book review >
HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Gimmickry, supernatural and otherwise, blunts what could have been an incisive inquiry into the mysteries and frustrations of too-close kinship from the talented Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife, 2003, etc.)."
Twin sisters inherit a London flat, and a bundle of baggage, from their mother's long-estranged twin. 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 >