This issue is one of your biggest resources as you plan for the October horror onslaught, so pay attention whether you personally like horror or not!
I posted my three reviews in this issue here and have added them to the Horror Review Index here:
- Hill, Joe. Strange Weather (2017)
- Klinger, Leslie S. The New Annotated Frankenstein (2017)
- Percy, Benjamin. The Dark Net (2017)
I also never announced the addition of another review in a previous issue that has now been added to the Index:
- Maberry, Jonathan and George A. Romero. Nights of the Living Dead (2017)
These are stories written in the Romero universe. It is an excellent collection on it's own and with the passing of the influential director's death it is a must buy for all library collections.
Also in this issue you can find my interview with Les Klinger, the author of The New Annotated Frankenstein (review above). It's entitled, Leslie S. Klinger and the Fine Art of Annotation. You may think this sounds boring, but I got to spend time with Les and we talked about annotating and why it is so interesting and cool. All librarians can learn from him. He has annotated Gaiman's Sandman series, Sherlock Holmes, HP Lovecraft and he is about to release an annotated Watchmen. In other words, click through and read my article.
Not involving me at all, but very important is the Top 10 list of the best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror on audio. Click here for the list which includes a lot of horror.
Finally, this issue also has the Booklist Horror Top 10 for the past year. The list was chosen by horror author and Booklist Editor, Daniel Kraus. He starts with the starred horror reviews from the past year and then he has full control to pick the lists from that narrowed down field. I am proud to say that 8 of the top 10 are books I reviewed. It makes me so happy to help these books get into libraries. Speaking of, if a book is on this list, you should buy it for your library. It represents the bare minimum of the latest horror you should own in any public library collection. Here is the link for the full list and annotations. I have also listed the titles below; those with an * were reviewed by me and can be found in the Horror Review Index or with the link provided:
- *The Burning World by Isaac Marion
- The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
- *Haven by Tom Deady
- *Hekla's Children by James Brogden
- *Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
- *A Long December by Richard Chizmar [Ironically, that review appeared in last year's spotlight issue]
- *The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue [Also last year's spotlight]
- *Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror edited by Ellen Datlow
- *Reanimatrix by Pete Rawlik
- Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
This should be enough to keep you busy for a while. Halloween is only 89 days away.