The Demonata is a series written by popular YA author Darren Shan. The series ended with the publication of Hell’s Heroes in 2009, but for fans of horror who aren’t familiar with Darren Shan, he is a gift and this series is a great popcorn (quick and easy) read.
Lockwood & Co is a new series from the author who brought us the Bartimaeus trilogy and you could call it the British answer to Shutter. Set similarly in a world that has become overrun with restless spirits, children and teens gifted with the ability to sense these aggravated apparitions are employed by agencies designed to contain and remove them. Sometimes with séances. Sometimes with salt. Sometimes with swords.
Manga author Junji Ito is often hailed as the Japanese answer to Stephen King, and his manga Uzumaki is probably the most well-known of his works. Uzumaki is the story of high school girl Kirie Goshima living in a small Japanese town suddenly and mysteriously cursed with a variety of horrifying situations all tied to spiral shapes. What initially appears to be strange, unfortunate, but isolated incidents eventually become clearly linked by these spirals. Over time, the citizens are reduced to paranoia and madness and Kirie must discover the nature of the curse if she wants to survive.
Johannes Cabal is not a happy customer. A year after selling his soul to a demon for the secrets of Life and Death, he discovers living without it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So he does the only thing any sensible customer would do in such a situation: demand to see the manager. There’s no return policy for souls in Hell, but Satan is prepared to cut Johannes a deal: he can have his own soul back in exchange for the souls of 100 others. He has one year.
Finally, we have the horror story we’ve been waiting for since the first ghost story was put to print: the haunted retailer. Paying loving acknowledgement to the real terror of such a scenario: the tricky juggling act of fielding customers and clueless management, this is a horror story any retail robin can relate to.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks since I spend a lot of time in the car and 14 was a title I picked up recently. The author is Peter Clines, well known for his post-apocalyptic super hero series Ex-Heroes, and the narrator, Ray Porter, is top notch.
The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey is a beautiful and tragic drama, a poignantly asked question of what it means to be human. And it is chillingly scary. This is the book you can actually loan to that friend who never goes with you to horror movies because they're "dumb" or "shallow".
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