Horror Book Reviews (page 7)

AUTUMN by David Moody
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Standard zombie fare from Moody (Dog Blood, 2010), slowed down to a lifeless crawl."
When a fast-moving virus decimates the population, the few survivors struggle to make lives for themselves, even as some of the dead come back as mindless zombies. Read full book review >
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King
THRILLERS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A collection of page-turning narratives for those who prefer the prolific tale spinner at his pulpiest."
Following an overstuffed feast of a novel (Under the Dome, 2009), King returns with four comparative snacks, each of which deals in some way with the darkest recesses of the human soul. Read full book review >

THE DEAD PATH by Stephen M. Irwin
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Although Irwin packs his debut novel with fairy-tale and horror-story motifs, the results are lamentably tame."
A haunted woods, an old witch and the death of several children over a century and a half—Irwin writes a cautionary fairy tale but sets it in contemporary Australia. 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 FALL by Guillermo del Toro
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Relentlessly paves the way for what promises to be an epic third book."
The second book in Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, etc.) and Chuck Hogan's (Devils in Exile, 2010, etc.) The Strain trilogy finds civilization teetering on the brink. 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 >
ROYAL BLOOD by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A lighthearted pastiche of pre-World War II mysteries, enjoyable for readers who know not to take the dark doings too seriously."
A member of the British Royal Family travels to Transylvania for a wedding beset by werewolves and murder. Read full book review >
DEXTER IS DELICIOUS by Jeff Lindsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Have no fear: All those tender feelings don't keep Dexter from breaking into a walk-in refrigerator, attacking a pirate ship and preventing Debs from turning into a late-night snack. Ghoulish fun for like-minded souls."
Fatherly affection, empathy, guilt—could everyone's favorite law-enforcement sociopath (Dexter by Design, 2009, etc.) be turning soft? Read full book review >
MURDER IN VEIN by Sue Ann Jaffarian
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Like Stuart Kaminsky, Jaffarian juggles her franchises deftly, giving each a unique voice and appeal. Her latest series kickoff may be her best yet, blending supernatural sexy with down-to-earth sassy.             "
Odelia Gray (Corpse on the Cob, 2010, etc.) and Granny Apples (Ghost à la Mode, 2009) have a new cousin: Madison Rose, a human living in Los Angeles's twilight world of vampires. Read full book review >
WUTHERING BITES by Sarah Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Heathcliff without fangs is scary enough."
Another literary classic is hijacked by toothy interlopers, this time courtesy of Gray, aka romance novelist Colleen Faulkner. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: July 21, 2010

"If this was an episode severed, so to speak, from the body of A Dark Matter, it's easy to understand why. This is very, very close to Straub at his very, very worst."
This extremely creepy and disturbing novella is either a pendant to, or, more likely, an outtake from Straub's most recent full-length novel A Dark Matter, published earlier this year. Read full book review >
LOGIC OF DEMONS by H.A. Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 13, 2010

"Goodman's story is interesting, twisty and thoughtful, though some readers may wish for more polished, refined presentation.
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Goodman's debut novel takes readers on an adventure into the afterworld, showing that choices have consequences that stretch beyond the present—even beyond this life. Read full book review >