~post by Joe T.
Ahhhhh, Day 2 of our 31 Days of Halloween continues our exploration of The Nightmare Factory Bookclub. Meeting the third Tuesday of every month, we journey into the heart of terror. Yesterday we gave you the books we read from January through June and now we close out the list with June through December.
Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men? The Nightmare Factory knows!
The Missing by Sarah Langan
“A horror book that walked straight into the 21st century from 1985, The Missing is the prequel to Richard Matheson’s “last man on earth” novel I Am Legend that Stephen King never got around to writing. For anyone missing that certain charge that was gotten from the 80s horror boom, this is novel for you. Good stuff, I knocked it out in 2 days.” (Joe)
Books of Blood volumes 1-3 by Clive Barker
“By the mid-80s, the bloom had come off the rose of the horror boom that was kicked off by the publication of Stephen King’s Carrie back in 1974. Where King (and others such as Peter Straub) had been ingenious with the mixture of Twilight Zone/EC Comics and Peyton Place drama, too many hands had watered it down to diminishing returns. Into the gap year of 1984 strode Clive Barker with his collection of stories, Books of Blood. Six volumes of transgressive sexuality and violence married to a more poetic sensibility and fantastic imagery, these stories changed the face of horror forever. If you were around back then, you couldn’t escape that unforgettable blurb from Stephen King: “I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker.” ” (Joe)
Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar
“Sometimes being in a horror book club doesn’t preclude you from having fun. Lonely Werewolf Girl is, all things considered, a fun read. It’s not scary or horrific but it does feature a werewolf, a laudanum-addicted, bulimic, dyslexic, cutter werewolf who worships The Runaways. I love Martin Millar and I love Lonely Werewolf Girl and I think Kalix MacRinnalch may just be my favorite werewolf character of all time. A good read especially when sandwiched between Barker’s Books of Blood and the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper.” (Joe)
Tales of Jack The Ripper edited by Ross Lockhart
“2013 is the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper and Ross E. Lockhart of Night Shade Press and editor of The Book of Cthulhu has put together a collection of stories “celebrating” the world’s first iconic slasher villain. Featuring tales by such acclaimed writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Joe Lansdale, Laird Barron, and Austin’s very own Ed Kurtz, it’s bound to slake the thirst of any Ripper fan.” (Joe)
(The Nightmare Factory will be meeting on October 15th at 8:00 pm to discuss this book.)
Last Days by Adam Nevill
“Influenced in equal parts by Jim Jones, Charles Manson, The Process Church, and found footage films such as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, Last Days is a genuine spook story that is subtle with its scares. I read this whilst house sitting and had to turn lights on to keep myself from being scared of all the strange sounds around me. Described as Britain’s answer to Stephen King, Adam Nevill is a new fresh voice worth listening to!” (Joe)
(The Nightmare Factory will be discussing this book on November 19th at 8:00 pm)
Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2013 edited by Paula Gurman
“Acclaimed editor Paula Guran selects some of the best dark fantasy and horror short stories of 2013. Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), Peter S. Beagle (The Princess Bride), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), and Caitlin R. Kiernan (The Drowning Girl) all have stories included. And “Hand of Glory” by Laird Barron has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Good Reads!” (Joe)
(The Nightmare Factory meets at 8:00 pm on December 17th to discuss this book)