Didn’t get quite enough Halloween last Sunday? Luckily, the horror can continue all year in Vroman’s Land! (Hmm, that doesn’t have quite the same ring as Halloween Town…) Anyway, our bookseller Amber, cashier/horror guru extraordinaire, has some great recommendations to keep you freaked out all year long!
Need some new recommendations? Lucky for you, I’ve got just that!
Let’s start off with my all time favorite horror novel: Hater by David Moody. The best way I can describe it is “zombie-esque” without the actual use of zombies. Hater is about the spread of something that’s not quite a plague and not quite a virus but is infecting the masses. No one knows how it’s spreading or if it’s even an airborne toxin but it’s slowly pitting people against each other. One side has the uncontrollable anger outbreak called “The Hate” while the other has the natural fear and paranoia that comes from the human nature of seeing your loved ones destroy everyone around them. David Moody is an amazing author that delves into the human psyche, showing the very realistic outcome of this not so realistic outbreak. In the midst of this book you start to wonder “What if I have this rage? What if the people around me have it and don’t even know it yet? What if I’m next!?!” This is a must read for any horror fan and one book that I will always recommend.
And when you’re done with that book, the sequel, Dog Blood, is waiting for you on our shelves. While the first book deals more with the beginning of the outbreak and the more gruesome side, Dog Blood talks about what the world looks like now after family and friends have been torn apart; after the world has been split and what impact that makes on each individual life as people struggle for survival. We eagerly await Moody’s third book to this trilogy.
How about something foreign? Audition by Ryu Murakami. Not for the faint at heart I must warn. Murakami is the master of suspense. Aoyama’s wife has been dead for many years and he finally feels like it’s time to move on. So what better way to find the perfect women then hold an audition for a movie that doesn’t actually exist? And that’s just how he finds her. Yamasaki Asami is young, beautiful, a former ballet dancer, and completely and utterly insane. This is apparent to only Aoyama’s best friend, Yoshikawa, but it is only a sneaking suspicion. This book isn’t all about blood and gore, although it has its moments, it’s about the build up. It’s a one-sit-read keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen the whole time. The thing I love most about this book is that it’s incredibly climactic but it also delivers. Does the name ring a bell with any horror fans out there? This is because Audition is also the cult classic horror movie based off this book.
Not so much into horror? How about a mystery? I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER by Dan Wells is my personal favorite novel of this genre. A young boy in a small town is obsessed with serial killers and works with his mom and aunt in the local family owned morgue. Suddenly, bodies start coming in that have been brutally disfigured, an obvious difference from the usual (natural) deaths that occur in a small town. The police and news casters are baffled. It’s now up to the young boy who knows a thing or two about killers, John Wayne Cleaver, to solve the mystery. This book will take you to a whole new place with twists that no one sees coming.
Hmm… not for you? No one can resist a classic, and Psycho by Robert Bloch is where it’s at! We all know the beloved Alfred Hitchcock film, but most people don’t even know that it was based off a book! This is a book that can be shared by fans of the movie and by people who have never seen it before. Our beloved main character is Norman Bates, who lives at home with his dead mother – or at least people think she’s dead. And when a beautiful, out-of-town stranger shows up at their hotel everything changes in Norman’s life. Everything.
So these are my top recommendations for any time of year. These books are sure to keep you shaking in your boots and locking your doors! Also be on the look out for David Moody’s original zombie story, Autumn, published just last week!
–Amber, Your local nerdy book store employee!