Stranded by Bracken MacLeodSomewhere in the Arctic Ocean, a hurricane-force storm is battering a supply ship headed for an oil rig. The crew struggle to keep ice from building up, to re-secure loosened cargo containers, and to stay on board. When they develop flu-like symptoms, only one man is unaffected -- Noah Cabot, the inept deck hand who's also the captain's alienated son-in-law. Amid the natural terrors, which are deadly enough, the men start seeing something else that flits across their peripheral vision. Even the most intrepid horror fan should be in a warm, comfy, safe, and well-lit place while reading Stranded.
I Am Providence: A Novel by Nick MamatasTake one part Horror Con satire, one part murder mystery, and one part dead narrator, add a dash of bitters, and garnish with cosplayers, and you'll approximate author Nick Mamatas' I Am Providence. An homage to (or critique of) cult favorite writer H.P. Lovecraft, this suspenseful, complex novel will please mystery readers willing to venture into horror territory as well as fright-fanatics who enjoy dark humor. If you don't mind switching from horror to science fiction, you might also try Sharyn McCrumb's classic mysteries, Bimbos of the Death Sun and Zombies of the Gene Pool.
The Family Plot: A Novel by Cherie PriestAn old mansion near Chattanooga, TN, contains a goldmine of salvageable items, from marble mantelpieces to heart pine flooring to a chestnut staircase -- and that's not counting the outbuildings. Music City Salvage's owner Chuck Dutton pays $40,000 for the right to strip the entire property, and puts his daughter Dahlia in charge of the project. But soon they find human remains in a supposedly fake cemetery, the house's owner disappears, and the mansion displays signs that it has a will of its own -- an unfriendly one. The salvage crew are in danger -- but from what? Library Journal's starred review calls this contemporary haunted house tale an "irresistible mix of horror and home improvement."
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
by Joyce Carol Oates
From one of our most important contemporary writers, The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold, haunting collection of six stories. In the title story, a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away from leukemia. As he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from the surrounding neighborhoods and stores his treasures in the abandoned carriage house on his family's estate. But just what kind of dolls are they? In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is thrilled when her favorite teacher asks her to house-sit, even on short notice. But when an intruder forces his way into the house while the girl is there, the fate of more than one life is changed forever. In “Equatorial,” set in the exotic Galapagos, an affluent American wife experiences disorienting assaults upon her sense of who her charismatic husband really is, and what his plans may be for her.
Roosevelt's Beast: A Novel by Louis BayardFormer President Theodore ("the Colonel") Roosevelt and his son Kermit went to Brazil in 1914 to map an uncharted river. During that trip, the Colonel suffered a minor injury that escalated into a debilitating illness. Author Louis Bayard imagines an alternate version of this history, in which the Colonel and Kermit are kidnapped by native Brazilians and forced to confront an evil, deadly monster. Roosevelt's Beast transforms the Roosevelts' actual journey into a terrifying supernatural battle. If you enjoy horror tales that unfold in the context of already thrilling adventures, you might also try Dan Simmons' The Abominable.
Nocturnal: A Novel by Scott SiglerA strange series of killings haunts San Francisco police detective Bryan Clauser, who becomes even more concerned when he realizes he's dreaming about murders before they occur. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Rex Deprovdechuk is tormented by bullies, and homeless Aggie James is kidnapped and locked up underground, where he is surrounded by mutants. As the murder spree continues, Clauser finds disturbing evidence that it is not the work of an ordinary serial killer...and the threat is much greater than a typical crime wave. The unlikely allies -- Clauser, Rex, and Aggie -- are on their own against the evil monsters, and considerable amounts of blood will flow before the end.
Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission by David WellingtonIn author David Wellington's series launch Chimera, genetically modified super-soldiers called chimeras have gone out on a targeted killing spree, and a pair of top-level government officials order retired Special Forces veteran Jim Chapel to track down and kill the monsters. Accompanied by a beautiful veterinarian and a sexy hacker, he sets out on his assigned mission, but he wonders what's really behind the killing machines: is it a government conspiracy? Fans of fast-paced science fiction/horror blends will want to pick up Wellington's Jim Chapel series, which currently extends to three volumes. For more in this vein, try Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger novels, starting with Patient Zero.
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