Keith Donohue’s novel The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a terrifying psychological thriller that explores the thin line between fantasy and reality.
Ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan is deathly afraid to step foot outdoors ever since he almost drowned three years ago. Now, Jack spends every waking moment of his life drawing monsters, but his mother grows concerned that a ghost could be haunting him when she starts hearing strange sounds coming from the ocean. Mrs. Keenan seeks help from a Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, but things only get worse when Jack’s BFF Nick gets caught up in his buddy’s warped sense of reality.
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Melissa Marr, the acclaimed author behind the Wicked Lovely series, enchants adults in her novel Graveminder. The books follows Rebekkah Barrow, a woman whose childhood memories include a bizarre tradition her grandmother Maylene performed at every funeral. Her grandmother would take three sips from a silver flash and recite a chant. After her grandmother is murdered, Barrow learns the women of her family are graveminders who must keep the unquiet dead at rest lest they walk the town. Barrow teams up with a man named Byron Montgomery who is destined to be her “undertaker” in order to keep the dead from rising and causing a zombie apocalypse.
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Pete Kahle’s delightfully gruesome horror novel The Specimen is a surprisingly strong debut that will suck you in with its wild, imaginative twists and turns.
In the novel a shadowy presence called “The Riders” haunts the world. From the bloody temple dedicated to an Aztec God of Death and the Underworld to the conquest of England by a crippled Viking warrior, the Riders have been ever-present throughout history. Their presence is unleashed after an urban explorer finds a unique specimen jar hidden away in an abandoned asylum located deep within the mountains of northern Massachusetts. This jar contains something organic, definitely unnatural, and quite possibly alive. Now the explorer and a poor unsuspecting group of individuals have inadvertently stumbled onto one of history’s most horrific secrets and are caught in the latest battle of a millennia-old war.
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If you’re looking for a riveting tale of high society and the untamable wilderness, then look no further than Jean Zimmerman’s novel Savage Girl. The tale revolves around an 18-year-old girl named Bronwyn who was raised by wolves in the wilds of the Nevada wilderness. She is adopted by a wealthy Manhattan socialite family, the Delegates, in 1875 and is taken back to the East Coast in order to be civilized. Once they deem it’s proper for Bronwyn to go out in public, the Delegates decide to introduce her to their high society buddies. While a pack of suitors find her irresistible, they also wind up mutilated a few days later. This begs the question: is the willful Bronwyn a cold-blooded killer?
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The book trailer for best-selling horror novelist Scott Sigler’s Pandemic is a frightfully delicious one that will remind you of spooky hits like 28 Days Later or The Walking Dead with its moody atmosphere and shaky cam effect. Between flashes of the synopsis and reviews, a character informs viewers that whomever he comes in contact with dies within 12 hours, and if the world wants to be saved they have to save him first before they make another move. Pandemic is the third and final book in Sigler’s bizarre horror/sci-fi Infected trilogy, and the trailer hints at an even weirder, more explosive climax. For a book trailer, the production is surprisingly top notch, functioning more like a short film than a visual press release. Regardless if you like sci-fi horror or find the whole zombie craze passé, Pandemic’s trailer will draw both fans and new readers into its messed-up world.
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