In the horror world there has been quite a lot of buzz about some debut novels which came out in 2011. I wanted to share a few that look promising. Please note, I have not read these books yet myself; I am simply passing on the buzz. I am always on the look out for new authors:
- Back in October, I posted here about a few debut titles including That Which Should Not Be by Brett Talley. I have since received a review copy and will have my own take on it in the coming weeks.
- The Watcher by Roh Morgon is Book One of a projected series called "The Chosen." I am pointing it out for 2 reasons. First, it is by a female author, which is still less common in the horror world. And second, it is geared toward a YA audience. When I help readers at the public library, I find that many want to try horror but are afraid they will be too scared by it. Often, YA titles are a little less graphic and work well as an introduction to the genre for new horror readers.
- These Trespasses by Kenneth W. Cain harkens back to H.P. Lovecraft in that it combines SF and horror. This too is being marketed as Book 1 in a projected series. It also happens to be set in Illinois, which caught my attention.
- Bloom's Desk by Jeffrey Littorno combines two frightening horror tropes: ghosts and serial killers. I have a review copy waiting for me.
- Finally, Richard Schiver has published a horror novel, Shadows of the Past, that I currently have on the to read pile (provided by the author). I will have a review in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can read the first three chapters for free on his blog by clicking here.