Welcome to October. If you’re a fan of horror, this is the month to try new things and discover new worlds. Every year, I read Night in the Lonesome October, the finest Halloween themed book ever written. Truly, no fan of Halloween, Horror, or H.P. Lovecraft should live life without reading this book. But I know some of you are looking for something new and different. So without further ado, here are some books I’ve read in the last year that I think you should consider checking out this October. In no particular order…
1. The Fisherman by John Langan. One of the best books I have read in years, The Fisherman is a powerhouse of a novel that creates one of the most amazing and original Lovecraftian worlds you’ll ever find.
2. Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. Head Full of Ghosts is not only scary, it is a book that will make you think. It is a book that will stick with you for days and weeks. Tremblay’s fiction isn’t for everyone, but whatever you may think of his other books, this novel is one to read.
3. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle. Powerful, genre-redefining, a page-turner. All these describe The Ballad of Black Tom. Re-imagining Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook” in a way that turns some of the more troubling racial aspects of the old master on its head, The Ballad of Black Tom is a true must read.