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Books for the brave 2013


By Kathy Pillatzki
Assistant Director
Henry County Library System

  In the mood for a haunting read this fall? Check out these new arrivals at your nearest Henry County public library!

  Some of the modern masters of horror have new books out. Anne Rice has just released Wolves of Midwinter, which continues the story she began in last year’s The Wolf Gift. This time, the werewolves are celebrating Christmas. What could possibly go wrong?

  In Doctor Sleep, Stephen King revisits the characters from his 1977 classic The Shining. This time the focus is on Danny Torrance, son of the crazy-terrifying main character in the original. Critics love this one, calling it vintage, good-vs.-evil King. (True confession: I can’t read King. Too creepy.)

  Laurel K. Hamilton has a new addition to the Amanda Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It’s hard to pin this series to one genre – horror, urban fantasy, occult mystery? At any rate, in Affliction, the vampire hunters have to face down a new challenge: zombies.

  But if you want authentic, classic, keep-you-awake-at-night horror, look for the reissue of The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Tales by H.P. Lovecraft. Originally published in the 1930s, this collection of short stories includes the author’s best-known works, including “The Dunwich Horror” and “Beyond the Wall of Sleep.” This newest edition is edited by Guillermo del Toro, co-author of the also-terrifying Strain trilogy. 

  Probably no one group loves a good, spin-chilling tale more than teens, and lately I’ve had a lot to say about the high quality of books being published for this age group. Several authors have new releases in a series, including P.C. Cast. Revealed is the eleventh volume in the House of Night vampire series.

  The lines between dreams, reality and magic are constantly shifting in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves, sequel to 2012’s The Raven Boys. Darren Shan also has a new entry in his Zom-B series, Zom-B Baby. This follows his Cirque du Freak series, which was wildly popular with teens.

  Holly Black, probably best known for the Spiderwick Chronicles for young readers, has a new standalone for teens, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. In this richly imagined tale, coldtowns are Vegas-like walled cities – glamorous, but also dark and dangerous - where vampires are segregated from humans. When Tana’s boyfriend is bitten by a vampire, only a courageous journey into the heart of a coldtown may save him.

  Robin Wasserman tries her hand at Stephen King-style small town horror with The Waking Dark, a combination murder mystery, thriller, and fast-paced action tale. Reviewers have called it brutal, chilling, ominous, and impossible to put down.

  Other new arrivals include The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki, Extremities by David Lubar, and A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine.

  Coming soon: The latest in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is The Shadowhunter’s Codex, due out on October 29. Rachel Caine will release Daylighters, number 15 in the Morganville Vampires series, on November 5. Venom, a more traditional murder mystery intriguingly set in Renaissance Venice, is the first in a new series by Fiona Paul, due October 30.



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