As you can probably guess, I’m an avid reader.Â My “to be read” pile is about a mile high, and it just keeps growing.Â With any luck, I’ll catch up someday.Â I’m not too hopeful, though.Â Besides, what’s the fun in having nothing left to read?
That said, here are a few books that are scheduled to see print by year’s end.Â I plan to pick up every last one of them, and so should you.
ZOO by Otsuichi
September 15, 2009
I love Japanese horror and science fiction, so it’s a great thrill to see Viz release their new Haikasoru line.Â Of their opening salvo, I have to say I’m most excited about this collection from horror writer Otsuichi.Â The synopsis reads…
A man receives a photo of his girlfriend every day in the mail…so that he can keep track of her decomposition. A deathtrap that takes a week to kill its victims. Haunted parks and airplanes held in the sky by the power of belief.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like great reading to me!Â If there’s one thing I love, it’s a great big slathering of crazy ideas.Â I’m looking forward to September and the release of this one.
SHADOW SEASONÂ by Tom Piccirilli
October 27, 2009
SHADOW SEASON is the story of a blind ex-cop turned teacher at an isolated girls’ school. Amid some scandalous events concerning an enamored student, he tries to struggle by with his handicap and a lot of unresolved issues dealing with his girlfriend, his dead wife, and his former partner. When a deadly blizzard hits, it brings along with it a mysterious girl and a pair of killers.
Here’s the deal… Tom Piccirilli is one of the best writers working today.Â He always brings the goods, and the man can work prose like you won’t believe.Â For a long time, the man walked the fine line between crime fiction and horror.Â Now he’s firmly planted himself on the crime side of the line, and I couldn’t be happier.Â Recent novels like The Cold Spot, The Dead Letters, and The Midnight Road have been some of the best of his career.Â For Pete’s sake (whoever Pete is) pre-order this book!
AUDREY’S DOOR by Sarah Langan
September 29, 2009
In an interview, Langan described the book like this…
Next novel is Audrey’s Door, about a lonely, injured woman in New York who finds love, but is so afraid of being hurt that she breaks it off, and moves into a haunted apartment in Morningside Heights, where her obsessive-compulsive disorder gets the better of her, and she begins to build a door.
Here’s a little nugget of information for you: Sarah Langan is the best new author of the last five years.Â She writes prose that makes me green with envy.Â Her novels move from the mundane to the epic with a subtlety that will catch you by surprise.Â Her characters are fascinating, believable, and relatable.Â I’ll be buying Sarah’s books until I die.
URBAN GOTHIC by Brian Keene
When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood of the inner city, Kerri and her friends thought they would find shelter in the old dark row house. They thought it was abandoned. They thought they would be safe there until morning. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. Theyâ€™re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they donâ€™t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very livesâ€¦ though death is only part of their nightmare.
Brian Keene writes fun slabs of mayhem.Â He can surprise you with tenderness now and then, but mostly he just pulls the cord and lets the saw rip.Â He’s called Urban Gothic his most violent book to date, and I can’t wait to give it a read.Â Maybe I’ll have to try going to the beach and reading it there.Â Urban Gothic feels like the perfect beach book.
So there’s a quartet of books I plan to buy.Â I think you should buy them, too.Â In the meantime, what else is coming out that I should pick up?Â This pile of books doesn’t want me catching up!