GUEST POSTING WITH KENDALL REVIEWS!!! - My Top Ten Reads 2017

January 4, 2018

 

A big thankyou to Kendall Reviews for inviting me in for tea and biscuits and to lay a bit of guest-posting on the altar of his blog. We've got fleshworlds, nuclear bunkers, cephalopods, dick jokes, and of course a whole lot of horror.

 

 

10. The Thing on the Shore, Tom Fletcher

Horror, Novel

This is Book #2 of the Fell House series, but reads as a stand-alone just as nicely (which is how I came across it - went back and did the series after). A cry of modern despair blends with deep cosmic horror. Corporate conspiracy seeks to bring about the birth of something new into this world, something with its own plans; while the only ones who suspect are already failing to cope with the pervasive sadness of their everyday.

 

 

 

9. Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman

 

Science Fiction/Horror, Novel

 

A washed up band and a military secret – nothing in the summary appealed to me. But Bird Box blew my mind, and I try to read a variety of stories (as an author it’s key to avoiding becoming a one-note wonder). Pleased to report my faith in Malerman was fully justified: Mad Black Wheel is intriguing, creepy, and just the right combination of interesting but accessible.

 

 

 

 

8. Hasty for the Dark, Adam LG Nevill

 

Horror, Short Stories

 

Recent British Fantasy Awards winner Adam Nevill lunges at us from the dark once again with his second collection of short stories. As part of an author’s body of work I’m finding short stories invaluable at demonstrating writing range: experiments in tone, scope, and shape that push the boundaries in very different ways to a novel. Particular to this collection is the playfulness of Hippocampus; a tale with no active players as the reader/viewer pans slowly through the aftermath of a mysterious disaster.

 

 

 

... to enjoy the full list, mosey on over to Kendall Reviews and give him your love!

 

 

 

 

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