Author Topic: New horror  (Read 30439 times)

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #90 on: December 16, 2020, 11:56:14 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.
Yes, absolutely loved that book. I had planned to watch the film but I've recently decided not to bother my arse with adaptations if I really liked the book. Same with I'm Thinking of Ending Things.

I mentioned it on page 1 of this thread, maybe that's where you heard? I'll take the credit anyway

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Re: New horror
« Reply #91 on: December 16, 2020, 01:40:05 PM »
I mentioned it on page 1 of this thread, maybe that's where you heard? I'll take the credit anyway

Woah. I've read the other 3 books on that post (well, I own but haven't read The Fisherman). It obviously had a huge, but subliminal, impact on me.

Never do that again.

Captain Crunch

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Re: New horror
« Reply #92 on: December 21, 2020, 05:14:53 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:
  • Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’ve not read that one but did read Gods of Jade and Shadow this year.  For such an exciting plot it’s deathly boring, I’m not quite sure how she managed it. 

I liked Water Shall Refuse Them a lot, I’d be very pleased to read more from her

I enjoyed it.  The pace is a bit lumpy but it’s a really enjoyable read.  I’d just warn people that this is not the book to read if you’re trying to give up smoking! 

Re: New horror
« Reply #93 on: January 22, 2021, 11:12:53 PM »
Read something called Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims. Some evil billionaire businessman who has made his fortune by being an utter cunt builds executive apartments with a huge penthouse for himself with some grotty flats for poor people round the back. 13 interlinked chapters tell the stories of some of the inhabitants building, all ending up with the unlucky person being given an invite to a dinner party with the man himself. Pretty good, each chapter captures the individual character's voice well. Kind of feels like each flat number should be Number 9. Not particularly scary although I don't think I've been frightened or shaken by a book in a long time. 13 out of 20.

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #94 on: March 28, 2021, 06:04:01 PM »
New one from Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) is £2.69 on Kindle right now. Last House on Needless Street. Been looking forward to it for ages.

BlodwynPig

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Re: New horror
« Reply #95 on: March 28, 2021, 06:26:48 PM »
Thanks Jerzy (and Zombie)...intrigued

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #96 on: March 29, 2021, 10:17:39 AM »
New one from Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) is £2.69 on Kindle right now. Last House on Needless Street. Been looking forward to it for ages.
I recently bought Rawblood & Little Eve. Yet to read them. The other has been added to my wish list, ta.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #97 on: April 03, 2021, 04:22:32 PM »
Just started reading the sequel to Bird Box; Malorie.
Apart from the very start it’s set 10 years after the last book.
I enjoyed that, so looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
Someone I know read it and said it was better than the first, and one part of it made her jump.
Really?
Has anyone else had a book make them jump?
I fail to see how that’s possible.
I dunno. Maybe I’m dead inside.

BlodwynPig

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Re: New horror
« Reply #98 on: April 03, 2021, 06:52:26 PM »
Just started reading the sequel to Bird Box; Malorie.
Apart from the very start it’s set 10 years after the last book.
I enjoyed that, so looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
Someone I know read it and said it was better than the first, and one part of it made her jump.
Really?
Has anyone else had a book make them jump?
I fail to see how that’s possible.
I dunno. Maybe I’m dead inside.

Those pop-up books maybe?

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #99 on: April 04, 2021, 12:37:25 AM »

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #100 on: April 05, 2021, 09:58:19 AM »
New one from Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) is £2.69 on Kindle right now. Last House on Needless Street. Been looking forward to it for ages.
Smashed through this in a couple of sittings. It's brilliant, love her. She's got another one out next year and all.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #101 on: April 06, 2021, 12:44:56 PM »
Just started reading the sequel to Bird Box; Malorie.
Apart from the very start it’s set 10 years after the last book.
I enjoyed that, so looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
Someone I know read it and said it was better than the first, and one part of it made her jump.
Really?
Has anyone else had a book make them jump?
I fail to see how that’s possible.
I dunno. Maybe I’m dead inside.
I'm halfway into it, and enjoying it muchly.
I've still not jumped.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #102 on: April 07, 2021, 11:14:24 PM »
Almost finished Malorie Fucking hell, Gary. Not again, you dick.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2021, 11:53:13 PM by Artie Fufkin »

Re: New horror
« Reply #103 on: April 07, 2021, 11:58:23 PM »
Read something called Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims. Some evil billionaire businessman who has made his fortune by being an utter cunt builds executive apartments with a huge penthouse for himself with some grotty flats for poor people round the back. 13 interlinked chapters tell the stories of some of the inhabitants building, all ending up with the unlucky person being given an invite to a dinner party with the man himself. Pretty good, each chapter captures the individual character's voice well. Kind of feels like each flat number should be Number 9. Not particularly scary although I don't think I've been frightened or shaken by a book in a long time. 13 out of 20.

The first two seasons of his podcast The Magnus Archives are great, but it gets a little bit fan-pleasing after that and not nearly as consistently creepy. Decent though. I can imagine them illustrated by Junji Ito (who I think is admittedly an influence). I've also met him after watching his old band The Mechanisms and he seemed like a stand-up sort of chap.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: New horror
« Reply #104 on: April 08, 2021, 12:22:13 AM »
Almost finished Malorie Fucking hell, Gary. Not again, you dick.
Finished. Not bad a bad yarn, as it goes. Would read more by him.

Re: New horror
« Reply #105 on: April 16, 2021, 11:28:07 PM »
New one from Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) is £2.69 on Kindle right now. Last House on Needless Street. Been looking forward to it for ages.

Reading this at the moment and it's getting on my nerves a bit. I'm only 100 pages in but I'm guessing that the cat and the daughter are products of dissociative identity disorder? Is that the case?

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #106 on: April 17, 2021, 08:13:40 AM »
Yeah you got it. You're smarter than me! It does turn out more sympathetic to the condition than you might expect

Re: New horror
« Reply #107 on: April 17, 2021, 02:29:21 PM »
The bug man mentions his book on dissociation on the first visit and then there's a mention of human hair on the cat's pillow in the freezer. Is it worth carrying on with the book if I've guessed the big reveal?

Jerzy Bondov

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Re: New horror
« Reply #108 on: April 17, 2021, 10:05:23 PM »
Yes I'd say so. I'd like to read it again with the reveal in mind.

Re: New horror
« Reply #109 on: April 19, 2021, 06:41:39 PM »
Russian dolls!

Re: New horror
« Reply #110 on: May 28, 2021, 09:24:29 PM »
Not particularly new, but horror and fiction, so 2 out of 3 - I've been reading Ligotti recently. Grimscribe and Songs of a Dead Dreamer are a bit too much like (very accomplished) Lovecraft fan fiction.

Teatro Grottesco is hit and miss, and not as consistently frightening. But it's such a singular, original collection. It's great how the short story collections have this cumulative effect of conveying Ligotti's very unnerving world view.

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