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Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2020, 08:51:17 AM »
Ghoster is only 99p on Kindle at the moment so I've grabbed it. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: New horror
« Reply #61 on: May 29, 2020, 09:11:20 AM »
yeh, I grabbed it too for my phone despite the poor reviews

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #62 on: May 29, 2020, 10:17:59 AM »
Why do I now feel anxious....?

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Re: New horror
« Reply #63 on: May 29, 2020, 10:55:08 AM »
Why do I now feel anxious....?

infrasound from the amassing lockdown emergers

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #64 on: May 29, 2020, 11:33:46 AM »
Pardon?

Re: New horror
« Reply #65 on: June 21, 2020, 02:21:26 PM »
Adam Nevill book "Last Days" and possibly "No One Gets Out Alive"

Thanks for the recommendation, I'm reading "no one gets out alive" at the minute and it's really good! I really like the way he writes, I'm gonna hoover up his others after this.
Thank you so much, I was stuck for something to read!

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Re: New horror
« Reply #66 on: June 28, 2020, 03:54:45 PM »
Just finished Ghoster, thanks for the tip!

Really enjoyed the pace, likable main character and I was a bit scared. I'll get The Last Days Of Jack Sparks going.

I'm going to do another Neville. I need plot badly as the only time I'm reading is right before bed and if it's not exciting I can't remember it the next day. I'm having to save the loney and the fisherman for this reason. Started both, like what I saw and now have parked them for a time when I can concentrate.

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Re: New horror
« Reply #67 on: June 28, 2020, 06:06:14 PM »
Just finished Ghoster, thanks for the tip!

Really enjoyed the pace, likable main character and I was a bit scared. I'll get The Last Days Of Jack Sparks going.

I'm going to do another Neville. I need plot badly as the only time I'm reading is right before bed and if it's not exciting I can't remember it the next day. I'm having to save the loney and the fisherman for this reason. Started both, like what I saw and now have parked them for a time when I can concentrate.

spot on. I'm reading Ghoster and after an initial couple of pages a night thanks to starting reading at 11pm, I'm hooked and scared to hell, with that fear seeping into my environs. The only thing is the faux-phone text parts are too small to read when my eyes are blurry with sleep.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #68 on: June 29, 2020, 01:01:13 PM »
I'm now reading This House Is Empty Now by Joseph Iorillo.
Didn't like it at first, but getting into it now. Sub-King/Koontz kinda thing, about a possible Haunted House. Enjoyable nonsense, with a bit of atmosphere. I also enjoy the fact that the title is taken from The Bacharach/Costello song of the same name.

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Re: New horror
« Reply #69 on: June 30, 2020, 01:03:39 PM »
Uhm Ghoster question

Were the diary notes on the phone, that explained why he wasn't just a dickhead, real or put there by the phone for her in the same way the weird porn was put there for him?

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Re: New horror
« Reply #70 on: July 09, 2020, 07:21:30 PM »
Just finished No One Gets Out Alive. Buh-luddy hell I enjoyed it. I think maybe the best Nevill I've read. Frightening and tense. Pretty satisfied by how it turns out too.

Fun fact. I got into him when I read The Ritual, and that happened because the film came out and I have a really bad habit of reading the plot of new horror films on Wikipedia. I can't watch the films because even the crappiest one will keep me awake for several nights. With The Ritual I thought I won't read this article, I'll read the bloody book! Books are like big long articles. I enjoyed the Ritual, Last Days too, but this was probably the best. Any other Nevill classics?

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Re: New horror
« Reply #71 on: July 09, 2020, 08:09:05 PM »
Just finished No One Gets Out Alive. Buh-luddy hell I enjoyed it. I think maybe the best Nevill I've read. Frightening and tense. Pretty satisfied by how it turns out too.

Fun fact. I got into him when I read The Ritual, and that happened because the film came out and I have a really bad habit of reading the plot of new horror films on Wikipedia. I can't watch the films because even the crappiest one will keep me awake for several nights. With The Ritual I thought I won't read this article, I'll read the bloody book! Books are like big long articles. I enjoyed the Ritual, Last Days too, but this was probably the best. Any other Nevill classics?

Ritual is more quaint than scary - although it does have a great ending.

I would maybe put Last Days (especially the first quarter) at the top of the list, then No One Gets Out Alive, Apartment 16 and House of Small Shadows, in that order. I was about to start Under a Watchful Eye but got sidetracked by Ghoster, which is excellent despite the 'young 'un speak'. Half way through that one.

The only other Nevill I have read is his short story "Where Angels Come In", which is a superb taster for things to come (written in 2005).

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #72 on: July 09, 2020, 08:24:53 PM »
Nevill seems like a great bunch of lads. Sign up for his email newsletter.

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Re: New horror
« Reply #73 on: September 19, 2020, 09:42:55 AM »
Just finished Jack Sparks. Good book. Maybe a few too many cultural references which worked better in Ghoster but here kept dragging me out of the story. I also liked the lead in Ghoster more.

I feel like Jason Arnopp's style of going for laughs can reduce the impact of his scary bits which he's actually really good at writing. But not complaining really, it was pretty awesome.

Crazily my Kindle version advertised Ghoster before the end of the book. I think it was confused by the afterwords which here are part of the story. I nearly didn't read them and actually they changed my perception of the book from ok/good to good/v. Good.

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Re: New horror
« Reply #74 on: October 01, 2020, 12:21:16 PM »
Just finished No One Gets Out Alive. Buh-luddy hell I enjoyed it. I think maybe the best Nevill I've read. Frightening and tense. Pretty satisfied by how it turns out too.

Fun fact. I got into him when I read The Ritual, and that happened because the film came out and I have a really bad habit of reading the plot of new horror films on Wikipedia. I can't watch the films because even the crappiest one will keep me awake for several nights. With The Ritual I thought I won't read this article, I'll read the bloody book! Books are like big long articles. I enjoyed the Ritual, Last Days too, but this was probably the best. Any other Nevill classics?

GOOD NEWS....No One Gets Out Alive will become a Netflix film and is filming in Romania shortly. Same team behind The Ritual apparently, so should be a decent quality. Not sure if they can really capture the extreme darkness of the book, but it'll be worth seeing. Shame it's not being filmed in Birmingham/Devon.

Re: New horror
« Reply #75 on: October 23, 2020, 11:33:45 PM »
Thanks to this thread, started Last Days yesterday and am already so in to it. I'm a bit disappointed by the bodies coming through the wall nonsense although it seems a bit unfair to complain about a horror novel being a bit silly. Can't find NOGOA in any shops but will check the secondhand bookshops and charity shops tomorrow.

Just seen he's offering a free digital book through his website...

https://www.adamlgnevill.com/

Re: New horror
« Reply #76 on: October 26, 2020, 09:08:52 PM »
Nearing the end of Last Days now and it's really nosedived unfortunately. Still, impressed enough with Nevill to have ordered a 2nd hand copy of NOGOA this afternoon.

Are there any decent new horror novels out this year?

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Re: New horror
« Reply #77 on: October 26, 2020, 09:12:28 PM »
Nearing the end of Last Days now and it's really nosedived unfortunately. Still, impressed enough with Nevill to have ordered a 2nd hand copy of NOGOA this afternoon.

Are there any decent new horror novels out this year?

Sadly, most of the best horror cannot sustain the peak. Nevill does better than most.

Re: New horror
« Reply #78 on: November 03, 2020, 10:05:56 PM »
Come on! Any decent new stuff?

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #79 on: November 05, 2020, 10:06:05 AM »
Dunno. I'm halfway through Adam Nevill's new short story collection Wyrd and it's really interesting and unsettling. The stories are all focused on exploring places where something horrible has happened. No characters or action, just description. It's like looking at really detailed little dioramas. Worth a look. Let's just rename this the Adam Nevill thread.

Here's some new horror from female authors I've got on my pile, haven't got round to them yet but if anyone has I'd be interested to hear about them:
  • Horrid - Katrina Leno
  • Pine - Francine Toon
  • The Year of the Witching - Alexis Henderson
  • Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) has a new one out in March, probably the book I'm most looking forward to at the moment.

Re: New horror
« Reply #80 on: November 05, 2020, 08:48:35 PM »
Been looking at a few other sites and these took my fancy.



Must admit I'm a bit ambivalent about anthologies but these look pretty nice.

Also saw these that I liked the look of.

The Rib From Which I Remake The World - Ed Kurtz

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What begins with a gruesome and impossible murder soon spirals into hallucinatory waking nightmares for hotel house detective Jojo in World War II Arkansas. Black magic and a terrifying Luciferian carnival boil up to a surreal finale for the town of Litchfield, and Jojo Walker is forced to face his own identity in ways he could never have imagined.

The Toll - Cherie Priest

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Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.
Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.
Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .

The Twisted Ones - T.Kingfisher

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When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?
Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.
Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

The Leaping - Tom Fletcher

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An astonishing and innovative blend of horror, folktale and disturbing realism, The Leaping is the first instalment in what is shaping up to be a genre-defining series.
Jack finished university three years ago, but he's still stuck in a dead-end job in a sinister call-centre in Manchester. When the beautiful - and rich - Jennifer comes into his life, he thinks he might have finally found his ticket out of there. The only problem? His boss is interested in Jennifer as well, and there's something strangely bestial about him . . .
So when Jennifer buys Fell House, a mysterious old mansion out in remote Cumbria, a house party on a legendary scale seems like the perfect escape. But as the party spins out of control, Jennifer and Jack face the terrifying possibility that not all the guests may be human - and some of them want to feed.

I might just re-read The Loney though. Another good one is Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy...



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The heatwave of 1976. Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a small village on the Welsh borders to escape their grief. But rural seclusion doesnt bring any relief. As her family unravels, Nif begins to put together her own form of witchcraft collecting talismans from the sun-starved land. That is, until she meets Mally, a teen boy who takes a keen interest in her, and has his own secret rites to divulge.  Reminiscent of the suspense of Shirley Jackson and soaked in the folkhorror of English heritage, Water Shall Refuse Them is an atmospheric coming-of-age novel and a thrilling debut.

Re: New horror
« Reply #81 on: November 05, 2020, 08:52:06 PM »
Here's some new horror from female authors I've got on my pile, haven't got round to them yet but if anyone has I'd be interested to hear about them:
  • Horrid - Katrina Leno
  • Pine - Francine Toon
  • The Year of the Witching - Alexis Henderson
  • Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) has a new one out in March, probably the book I'm most looking forward to at the moment.

I like the sound of the Alexis Henderson book. I've read Pine and it was ok but not particularly scary.

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #82 on: November 05, 2020, 08:58:39 PM »
I liked Water Shall Refuse Them a lot, I’d be very pleased to read more from her

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Re: New horror
« Reply #83 on: November 05, 2020, 09:08:03 PM »
Dunno. I'm halfway through Adam Nevill's new short story collection Wyrd and it's really interesting and unsettling. The stories are all focused on exploring places where something horrible has happened. No characters or action, just description. It's like looking at really detailed little dioramas. Worth a look. Let's just rename this the Adam Nevill thread.

Here's some new horror from female authors I've got on my pile, haven't got round to them yet but if anyone has I'd be interested to hear about them:
  • Horrid - Katrina Leno
  • Pine - Francine Toon
  • The Year of the Witching - Alexis Henderson
  • Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) has a new one out in March, probably the book I'm most looking forward to at the moment.

Thanks.

I ordered Wyrd and Reddening directly from Adam (for signed copies), but sadly I don't have a bedside lamp so cannot read them at night and don't have time in the day.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #84 on: November 06, 2020, 03:29:49 PM »
Been looking at a few other sites and these took my fancy.
Brilliant list, HZB! Thanks.

Re: New horror
« Reply #85 on: November 07, 2020, 12:14:27 AM »
This looks good.



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Tim and Abi have always been different from their peers. Precociously bright, they spend their evenings in their parents' attic discussing the macabre and unexplained, zealously re-reading books on folklore, hauntings and the supernatural. In particular, they are obsessed with photographs of ghostly apparitions and the mix of terror and delight they provoke in their otherwise boring and safe childhoods.

But when Tim and Abi decide to fake a photo of a ghost to frighten an unpopular school friend, they set in motion a deadly and terrifying chain of events that neither of them could have predicted, and are forced to confront the possibility that what began as a callous prank might well have taken on a malevolent life of its own.

An unsettling literary ghost story set between a claustrophobic British suburban town and a menacing Suffolk manor, THE APPARITION PHASE is an unnerving novel, which, like all the best ghost stories, pushes us repeatedly over the line between rational explanation and inexplicable fear. It asks us to consider what might be lurking in the shadows, and questions what is real and what is simply a trick of the mind - and whether there's really a difference between the two.

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Re: New horror
« Reply #86 on: November 07, 2020, 03:56:52 PM »
Here's some new horror from female authors I've got on my pile, haven't got round to them yet but if anyone has I'd be interested to hear about them:
  • Horrid - Katrina Leno
  • Pine - Francine Toon
  • The Year of the Witching - Alexis Henderson
  • Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) has a new one out in March, probably the book I'm most looking forward to at the moment.

I just finished Mexican Gothic. I didn't blow me away but kept me going. Well written and stylish, if not super scary

Re: New horror
« Reply #87 on: November 24, 2020, 11:03:21 AM »
Anyone read the Julia Armfield collection Salt, Slow? Maybe nearer to magical realism than full horror but I enjoyed them.

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #88 on: November 28, 2020, 10:56:09 PM »
I just finished Brother by Ania Ahlborn and it was absolutely fucking horrible. What a nasty book. Recommended

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Re: New horror
« Reply #89 on: December 16, 2020, 11:38:22 AM »
Just read You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann and it was amazing. It's super short but absolutely terrifying. And actually pretty funny too.

A bit of a ultra compressed House of Leaves. It's from 2016 so not exactly new-new, they also just made a film which by all accounts removes all it's weirdness and just goes for a straight haunted house.

Anyone read this one?

Worryingly I can't remember how I found out about it and also while reading it felt I'd read some of it before which definitely isn't a pleasant sensation giving that the protagonist is also having similar issues.

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