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Title: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 18, 2019, 02:16:57 PM
Not old horror, not MR James, Lovecraft or Aickman but stuff written in the last few years. Anything decent?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: DukeDeMondo on September 22, 2019, 11:32:26 PM
The only recent-ish horror novel I've read that has stayed with me and that I would recommend is Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney, although to be honest the actual capital H Horror bits in that are pretty underwhelming. The first half of it, beautifully written and full of captivating character sketches and bizarre goings on, makes a lot of promises that the second half can't keep, unfortunately. There's a sentence towards the end that I really wish I hadn't read, and not for any of the reasons it might imagine itself to be a sentence folk might read and then wish they hadn't.

(I know, that wasn't a very pretty sentence there either, but is it an IMPORTANT SCARY SENTENCE in a SCARY BOOK? No it isn't.)

Anyway it's still worth reading. That first half really is brilliant. And maybe the other stuff will work for you in a way that it didn't for me. It's worth a try, especially if weird old customs and unforgiving landscapes are your bag.

(They're very much my bag, mind you, and yet here we are.)
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on September 22, 2019, 11:45:02 PM
Thanks Dukey
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on September 23, 2019, 11:46:49 AM
Haven't read much that has really grabbed me for a while but these are all fairly recent:

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin stressed me out a lot. Parental anxieties mixed with industrial pesticides. Horrible inevitability to everything that happens. Hard to look away. Very good.

The Fisherman by John Langan is a slow burning bit of folk/cosmic horror about a couple of sad blokes going looking for a nice place to fish and finding fucked up shit. Nested stories about the creepy history of the area as well. I've got his new short story collection here, looking forward to it.

Little Eve by Catriona Ward is a nice bit of gothy unpleasantness. Cult on a Scottish island worshipping a snake that comes out the sea or something. Twists and turns, thrills and kills. Her earlier Rawblood was good too (messed up Dartmoor family history) but I preferred this. Both filled with weird old customs and unforgiving landscapes.

Really short little novella by Daniel Kehlmann called You Should Have Left which I see is being made into a film with Kevin Bacon. A very well done 'house that goes full mental' book.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 23, 2019, 02:20:53 PM
The only recent-ish horror novel I've read that has stayed with me and that I would recommend is Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney, although to be honest the actual capital H Horror bits in that are pretty underwhelming. The first half of it, beautifully written and full of captivating character sketches and bizarre goings on, makes a lot of promises that the second half can't keep, unfortunately. There's a sentence towards the end that I really wish I hadn't read, and not for any of the reasons it might imagine itself to be a sentence folk might read and then wish they hadn't.


The Fisherman by John Langan is a slow burning bit of folk/cosmic horror about a couple of sad blokes going looking for a nice place to fish and finding fucked up shit. Nested stories about the creepy history of the area as well. I've got his new short story collection here, looking forward to it.

Little Eve by Catriona Ward is a nice bit of gothy unpleasantness. Cult on a Scottish island worshipping a snake that comes out the sea or something. Twists and turns, thrills and kills. Her earlier Rawblood was good too (messed up Dartmoor family history) but I preferred this. Both filled with weird old customs and unforgiving landscapes.

Really short little novella by Daniel Kehlmann called You Should Have Left which I see is being made into a film with Kevin Bacon. A very well done 'house that goes full mental' book.

Really liked The Loney, felt like it was permanently happening in that eerie dusky light, helped by the 70s setting I guess.

The Fisherman was great too. Please feedback about his short stories.

Will check the other two.

I liked the first book in that series that's written like a podcast. Five Stories or something? I was ill when I read it and had really disturbing dreams about some creature roaming the woods. Got the third to read soon.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on September 23, 2019, 02:50:51 PM
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski. I thought it was alright. He nailed the podcast voice anyway. He's pumping them out now, got another due this year.

I can feedback about John Langan's previous short story collection, The Wide Carnivorous Sky. It's excellent. The title story is probably the best; Iraq veterans vs genuinely scary vampire. The last story, Mother of Stone, is novella length and very unsettling. Some idiots dig up a statue and it starts making bad shit go on. Highly recommended especially if you liked The Fisherman. He's got an earlier collection (Mr Gaunt) which I haven't read yet, and an earlier novel (House of Windows) which I have read. Sometimes I think he gets a bit too literary, but he's obviously a very clever bloke.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on September 23, 2019, 10:28:11 PM
I read and quite liked The Troop by Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson), it's nothing that special and a bit Stephen King-esque style wise but the body horror aspects were well done.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on September 25, 2019, 10:00:34 PM
Really enjoyed The Troop. Pretty straight-forward but really well executed.

Done a couple of Adam Neville ones - I love The Ritual, even the 2nd half. The short stories I enjoyed but can't remember except one called Mother's Milk that constructed a wonderfully nasty family.

Most interesting newish author I've read is Matthew M. Bartlett. I've only done the short stories there but "The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities" is great as is "Gateways to Abomination". Really weird.

The Fisherman is on my list (is that on Kindle yet) and I'll be checking out The Lonely. I'm incredibly forgiving of bad endings/second halves in horror.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: ASFTSN on October 02, 2019, 01:34:44 PM
Nathan Ballingrud - North American Lake Monsters

TE Grau - The Nameless Dark

Mark Samuels - Glyphotech
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: ASFTSN on October 02, 2019, 01:35:21 PM
Most interesting newish author I've read is Matthew M. Bartlett. I've only done the short stories there but "The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities" is great as is "Gateways to Abomination". Really weird.

Really want to check out this bloke after hearing an interview with him.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 09, 2019, 02:54:32 PM
Just finished Things We Lost in the Fire, a collection of short horror stories by Argentinian writer Mariana Enriquez. Really good, just the right amount of exposition and some genuinely creepy moments.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Mobbd on October 17, 2019, 08:57:47 AM
I think of myself a horror lover but to be honest I mainly watch old movies (saw 1980's The Changeling last night). I see perhaps only the "big event" new horror movies (Hereditary, Us, etc) and rarely read a new horror book, having a preference for the comfort food of old Stephen Kings. Shame. On. Me.

But I just got shown this cute but seemingly-well-informed guide to horror novels for wusses (well, that's harsh; the guide is organised along 'tolerance to horror' levels; one might want to avoid the softy ones. Or maybe you were recently rescued at sea and are in no mood to be harrowed):

https://www.tor.com/2019/10/01/horror-recommendations-for-all-tolerance-levels/

There are lots of new(ish) horror novels here and they all look good.

I fancy a go at Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

Quote
The residents of Black Spring can’t leave. There’s a curse on the town, and her name is Katherine. She’s been dead since the 1600s, when she was executed for witchcraft, but that doesn’t stop her from appearing around town at random—in the woods, on the streets, and in people’s homes. The town elders have worked very hard to keep Katherine a secret from the rest of the world, but for a group of younger residents, that secrecy is a yoke they’re not willing to bear any longer. Their efforts to expose Katherine will have devastating consequences for their families, and the town as a whole.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 17, 2019, 09:00:25 AM
There was an excellent horror on film book in a store in Chicago that i would have loved. But too massive to carry on the plane
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 17, 2019, 09:04:54 AM
Oh and thanks for that link, will order Hex and the others like Fishermen
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Mobbd on October 17, 2019, 09:35:36 AM
Oh and thanks for that link, will order Hex and the others like Fishermen

Yeah! Nice one. I'll read Hex soonish as well and will leave a comment or two here about it.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on October 21, 2019, 08:52:24 PM
Ok just finished Hex. Hmmmm.

It reminded me a bit of Under the Dome in that it imagines a strange supernatural set of circumstances and then tries to play out people's lives/society within that. And the premise is great, a small town co-existing with a witch who they have to keep secret. It's nearly scary at that point because oh mate if I had to accept a witch appearing in my house every now and then... no thank you.

But unlike King (and I suppose it's an unfair comparison) the characters don't land. King may cheese it up with these sometimes but he'd give you 2 pages on a character's past that would frame them and drive the whole thing, and that never happens. There's about 6 kids who are all the same and need to be 3 kids. It doesn't really hang together in the end game. Also the guy is obsessed with breasts, and whatever, but maybe notice when you keep putting them in your book. It's translated so there's a load of strange references to a woman's big forehead which I'm going to let pass. Might mean something in Dutch.

It was very inventive and memorable, but muddled. After a bad ending I did actually enjoy the final scene though. - 3/5
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: surreal on October 25, 2019, 03:12:41 PM
The only recent-ish horror novel I've read that has stayed with me and that I would recommend is Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney,

Odd - just reading this today and my BookBub mailer has come through and this is top of the list at 99p on Amazon for Kindle (probably today only so hurry up).
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on October 25, 2019, 03:29:35 PM
Ok just finished Hex. Hmmmm.

It reminded me a bit of Under the Dome

 - 3/5

Bah, had this lined up. Fancy a bit of spooky trash. Think the new one from Loney bloke is out next week so might find some filler until then.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on October 25, 2019, 04:02:08 PM
Bah 2 - do i now buy hex to read on my iphone - 7 quid or something or not bother. Thanks for ruining things with your crummy review
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: gout_pony on October 25, 2019, 04:59:15 PM
What's that one about the man obsessed with the silent film comedian that some of you liked?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on October 26, 2019, 07:55:36 AM
The grin of the dark by Ramsey Campbell. That's a good one yes.

I shouldn't have given Hex a score. In fact I'd propose that horror books need two scores. A peak potential score for how good in could have been while reading, and a final score because they nearly always end badly.

Hex was exciting and I raced through. Peak potential score was 4+ for a while. Worth a read for the premise which is original and fun to explore. It just didn't land in the final 25% and then you think back over it and reassess.

I've started Little Eve which is great so far.

The Loney is indeed 99p still and has been snapped up. The new Adam Neville is out next week too I believe.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on October 27, 2019, 08:43:21 PM
Just finished The Troop. I thought it was great. Proper minging stuff going on. Broad but enjoyable characters, some surprises, thrills and chills. Not showy, nor subtle, but very nicely done.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on October 29, 2019, 06:54:12 AM
Little Eve is great. Delivers both stylistically and plot wise. Has my favourite device which is a child/young adult narrator describing their messed up world and rituals as of it was normal. Other examples would be We have always lived in the castle and The wasp factory. In the buzz of finishing this I feel like it's up there with them but we'll see, I'll definitely read again at some point, the plot and clues were quite dense so I'm sure I missed something.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on November 13, 2019, 09:33:54 AM
Most interesting newish author I've read is Matthew M. Bartlett. I've only done the short stories there but "The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities" is great as is "Gateways to Abomination". Really weird.
Read half of Gateways to Abomination last night. Absolutely fucking mental. There's more mad shit in half this short book than other horror writers come up with in their entire lives.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on November 26, 2019, 01:39:20 PM
Finished The Reddening by Adam Neville. This was good. There's a few layers of stuff going on, from crime/murder/cult to supernatural things and he balances and interweaves them nicely. There was a bit in the middle where it got VERY exciting like a thriller.
 
Not sure it hit the heights of The Ritual but it never really lagged and the end was satisfying (especially the very end).

Loney next I guess...
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Catalogue Trousers on November 26, 2019, 07:24:17 PM
Just want to add another vote for The Grin Of The Dark. As I think I've said before on here, it remains wonderfully ambiguous as to whether the supernaturally evil or the more mundane but no less frightening mental illness is truly to blame. Or, indeed, both. Genuinely un-nerving.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Bingo Fury on November 28, 2019, 12:02:45 PM
The Fisherman was great too. Please feedback about his short stories.

Um ... one of them was based on me?

Is that the kind of thing you were looking for?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on November 28, 2019, 01:49:46 PM
Um ... one of them was based on me?

Is that the kind of thing you were looking for?
Do go on
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Bingo Fury on November 28, 2019, 03:16:43 PM
Do go on

A gentleman (excessively concerned with anonymity) never tells. I'm just really chuffed for how well John's doing, especially the attention The Fisherman's had. It'll be movies soon.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on November 28, 2019, 03:20:28 PM
The only recent-ish horror novel I've read that has stayed with me and that I would recommend is Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney,

I loved this book. It was like the most disturbing episode of Father Ted, like, EVAH. Really atmospheric.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on November 28, 2019, 03:44:12 PM
A gentleman (excessively concerned with anonymity) never tells. I'm just really chuffed for how well John's doing, especially the attention The Fisherman's had. It'll be movies soon.
Fair play. He's brilliant. The newest collection (Sefira) is fantastic - I loved “The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn’s Balloons”. Scary balloons floating around. Something about that one really got under my skin.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on November 28, 2019, 07:32:23 PM
I want to read The Fisherman but it's only on paperback for £14 on Amazon. Am I looking in the wrong place?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on November 29, 2019, 10:49:25 AM
^what he said^
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on November 29, 2019, 11:01:48 AM
No it's just a bit of a hassle to get in the UK for some reason. I'd send you mine but I lent it to my friend and he's still got it because he's a little cunt.

I read both Wide Carnivorous Sky and Sefira on Kindle Unlimited during a 3 month free trial though.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Misspent Boners on November 30, 2019, 08:37:42 AM
I want to read The Fisherman but it's only on paperback for £14 on Amazon. Am I looking in the wrong place?

Get a parent or lover to buy it for you for Crimbo
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on November 30, 2019, 12:08:55 PM
Get a parent or lover to buy it for you for Crimbo

Ha! This plan has already been activated. They will be delighted that I'm reading a real book made of paper, so really it's a gift to them.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on December 03, 2019, 11:01:26 AM
^I too have planted my seed in Mrs Fufkin, so to speak^
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 03, 2019, 11:07:46 AM
Reading The Grin of the Dark (A Grin in the Dark would be a more chilling title). I love it so far and I'm only a fifth through. More like this please. (I have a feeling this Tubby fellow is not a good person).
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on December 03, 2019, 05:18:55 PM
Is The Watcher by Charles Maclean of the same vibe as A Grin in the Dark? I read it a while back and can't really remember. But I think it has the same person investigates very strange stuff happening to them. Only starts with said person doing something very bad then trying to work out why.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run on December 03, 2019, 05:20:11 PM
OF THE DARK ffs. My brain can't remember that.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on December 09, 2019, 11:19:07 PM
Finished it. The ending got a bit horror by numbers pulpy but the dread and absurdity throughout had me hooked
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on February 10, 2020, 03:17:14 PM
Just finished The Reddening by Adam Nevill. Absolutely tore through it. It's about a mad cult on the South Devon coast. It tips its hand fairly slowly, starting with a few little vignettes before you meet the main characters. It's got some really tense bits and gets very violent. The reveal that it's a bigger operation than just the farm, and the villains being dispatched by their boss wasn't really what I wanted from the ending, but overall I loved it.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 10, 2020, 03:29:40 PM
Just finished The Reddening by Adam Nevill. Absolutely tore through it. It's about a mad cult on the South Devon coast. It tips its hand fairly slowly, starting with a few little vignettes before you meet the main characters. It's got some really tense bits and gets very violent. The reveal that it's a bigger operation than just the farm, and the villains being dispatched by their boss wasn't really what I wanted from the ending, but overall I loved it.

Might get this, but cult stuff is a bit drole.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Kryton on February 10, 2020, 07:50:41 PM
Might get this, but cult stuff is a bit drole.

Didn't you vigorously defend the ending of Kill List a while back?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 10, 2020, 07:55:30 PM
Didn't you vigorously defend the ending of Kill List a while back?

Yes, but visually and aesthetically that went beyond standard cult stuff.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on February 10, 2020, 07:57:53 PM
Yeah well I think The Reddening does that too
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 10, 2020, 07:59:28 PM
Yeah well I think The Reddening does that too


Not on apple store but got a horror trilogy of his for free
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on February 18, 2020, 10:06:55 PM
Just started Adam Nevill’s Last Days and I’m paralysed with terror. Fucking hell.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Olarrio on February 19, 2020, 07:53:06 PM
I just finished Fever Dream thanks to this recommendation. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave me palpable anxiety, I only wish I'd read it in one, maybe two sittings. But that wasn't possible due to being a fairly new parent... HENCE THE DREAD

Haven't read much that has really grabbed me for a while but these are all fairly recent:

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin stressed me out a lot. Parental anxieties mixed with industrial pesticides. Horrible inevitability to everything that happens. Hard to look away. Very good.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 14, 2020, 12:12:10 PM
About two thirds the way through Andrew Michael Hurley's Devil's Day. Something bad's gonna happen soon. I can feel it. I've enjoyed it muchly so far. Folk horror kinda vibe. Kinda like The Loney, I guess, in style. Atmospheric, and a bit creepy. I know something bad's gonna happen soon.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 15, 2020, 10:08:13 AM
Hmmmm. Well. It never did happen. Just kinda petered out. It was a good story, though. Not as good as The Loney though.
I'm now reading The Dig by Cynan Jones. Another weird tale set on a farm.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 15, 2020, 10:11:18 AM
Hmmmm. Well. It never did happen. Just kinda petered out. It was a good story, though. Not as good as The Loney though.
I'm now reading The Dig by Cynan Jones. Another weird tale set on a farm.

Yeah, I thought that about Devil's Day. Could have been great but the characters were all horrible and it was just a bit meh by the end.

Don't really think The Dig is horror or 'weird'? There's a Cynan Jones thread on this sub somewhere.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 15, 2020, 10:44:04 AM
SPOILERS!

I would have read fever dream otherwise.

Actually most horror just peters out. Exception would be the Adam Nevill book "Last Days" and possibly "No One Gets Out Alive", the former being a pressure cooker of fear that does explode, and the latter being a nasty piece of modern horror.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 15, 2020, 01:25:16 PM
^ Ooops. Sorry. ^
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 15, 2020, 01:26:07 PM

Don't really think The Dig is horror or 'weird'?

Ok. Maybe just a bit fucking nasty?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 15, 2020, 01:28:41 PM
Actually most horror just peters out. Exception would be the Adam Nevill book "Last Days" and possibly "No One Gets Out Alive", the former being a pressure cooker of fear that does explode, and the latter being a nasty piece of modern horror.
Just added those 2 to my wish list, ta.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on May 26, 2020, 10:44:59 PM
Just finished The Reddening. Only read it thanks to people on here so ta for that.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 26, 2020, 10:53:57 PM
Just finished The Reddening. Only read it thanks to people on here so ta for that.

Haven't managed to get a copy yet, is it recommended - have you read his others, how does it compare?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on May 26, 2020, 10:59:58 PM
I enjoyed reading it and it was better written than the vast majority of modern horror that I've read. It was well crafted genre fiction but I found it more exciting than scary. I haven't read anything else by the author so can't comment on how it compares.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on May 27, 2020, 11:15:03 AM
I read Jason Arnopp's Ghoster over the weekend. His first novel, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, was great. This, his second novel, is not as good, but still pretty cool.
Woman moves from Leeds down to Brighton to move in with her boyfriend in his flat, to find him not there and also nothing else. Apart from his phone.....
She's a self-confessed phone addict and had recently done away with her smart phone.

It's a page turner, kept me guessing til the end. Good stuff. Creepy in places.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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!
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 29, 2020, 09:11:20 AM
yeh, I grabbed it too for my phone despite the poor reviews
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on May 29, 2020, 10:17:59 AM
Why do I now feel anxious....?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on May 29, 2020, 10:55:08 AM
Why do I now feel anxious....?

infrasound from the amassing lockdown emergers
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on May 29, 2020, 11:33:46 AM
Pardon?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: ImmaculateClump 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!
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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).
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on July 09, 2020, 08:24:53 PM
Nevill seems like a great bunch of lads. Sign up for his email newsletter.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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/
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on November 03, 2020, 10:05:56 PM
Come on! Any decent new stuff?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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:

Catriona Ward (Rawblood, Little Eve) has a new one out in March, probably the book I'm most looking forward to at the moment.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on November 05, 2020, 08:48:35 PM
Been looking at a few other sites and these took my fancy.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71qL-VSOUiL.jpg) (https://d2t3xdwbh1v8qy.cloudfront.net/content/B08GM72BH2/resources/2050437167)

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...

(https://d2t3xdwbh1v8qy.cloudfront.net/content/B07TK4TLZ9/resources/1053246154)

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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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on November 06, 2020, 03:29:49 PM
Been looking at a few other sites and these took my fancy.
Brilliant list, HZB! Thanks.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on November 07, 2020, 12:14:27 AM
This looks good.

(https://d2t3xdwbh1v8qy.cloudfront.net/content/B08D3GNWY4/resources/2083263343)

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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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: ASFTSN 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: dry_run 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Captain Crunch 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! 
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig on March 28, 2021, 06:26:48 PM
Thanks Jerzy (and Zombie)...intrigued
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: BlodwynPig 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 04, 2021, 12:37:25 AM
Those pop-up books maybe?
LOLZy
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin on April 07, 2021, 11:14:24 PM
Almost finished Malorie Fucking hell, Gary. Not again, you dick.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: gout_pony 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Artie Fufkin 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus 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?
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: Jerzy Bondov 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.
Title: Re: New horror
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 19, 2021, 06:41:39 PM
Russian dolls!