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The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood as well as The Shannara Chronicles

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December will be the perfect season for a binge, be the idea on food (the idea’s sweater weather), alcohol (family time ahoy!), or books as well as television (the idea’s cold outside!). Well, we can’t tell you what to eat or drink, nevertheless we relish telling you what books to read to scratch a particular itch. In of which spirit, This kind of holiday season we’ve teamed up with Harper Voyager to create the Binge-Watchers Companion Guide, in which we asked 12 sci-fi as well as fantasy authors to suggest films or shows they think pair especially well with their novels. Today, Sarah Beth Durst tells us why MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles will be a Great fit for readers who loved her book The Queen of Blood.

The Shannara Chronicles will be epic fantasy meets MTV. You have my all-time favorite wizard-mentor-badass character (played to perfection by Manu Bennett), a lot of teenagers who take their shirts off for random reasons (please put your clothes back on — there are demons around, you guys!), as well as a post-apocalyptic Seattle. The basic plot will be summarized by the hero, Wil Ohmsford, after the taciturn Allanon, a.k.a. the only real adult in all the Four Lands, fills him in on his destiny:

“So I’m supposed to use Elfstones I don’t have to protect a princess who doesn’t want to be found by a Demon horde bent on laying waste to the entire world? as well as even if I succeed, which will be entirely doubtful, my life could still be doomed because magic will have fried my brain. I liked the idea better when we didn’t talk.”

I love every single second of This kind of show.

Seriously, LOVE, with all capital letters, even when the idea veers wildly by the books by Terry Brooks, which I also love. If you’re looking for a faithful adaptation, This kind of isn’t the idea, nevertheless the idea doesn’t matter because (A) the books are still there as well as the show will remind you to go reread them as well as (B) the idea’s full of glee.

Yes, the idea’s got its share of death as well as drama. You read the bit above about demons, right? People die as well as all of which. nevertheless the entire world will be beautifully rendered, the actors throw themselves into their roles with joyous abandon, as well as the idea has of which heady mix of adventure, magic, humor, danger, as well as romance of which fantasy does so well. the idea somehow manages to be both deadly serious as well as to not take itself seriously at all, as well as of which makes the idea so very fun.

I love as well as have always loved This kind of kind of story. I had my first taste of epic fantasy when I was a shy little kid who’d devoured every book from the kid’s section of the library nevertheless was too intimidated by all the high schoolers to step foot from the teen room. My mom brought me upstairs to the Science Fiction & Fantasy shelves from the adult section as well as filled my arms with books by David Eddings, Margaret Weis as well as Tracy Hickman, Guy Gavriel Kay, Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, as well as of course Terry Brooks.

Fast forward a few decades as well as today I write epic fantasy. My newest book will be The Queen of Blood, the first book from the Queens of Renthia series. the idea’s set in a world filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, as well as only certain women—queens—possess the power to control them. Like The Shannara Chronicles, the idea’s got its share of death as well as drama, nevertheless the idea also has adventure, humor, as well as expect.

I love seeing more of a genre I adore on the screen, as well as I love seeing characters who walked through my childhood today walk across my TV.

nevertheless the main reason I love This kind of show will be because The Shannara Chronicles fulfills what I believe will be one of the primary purposes of fantasy. the idea takes you away by the real world for a while, as well as when you come back to your life, you feel a little better because you’ve been immersed in a land where expect matters, love wins, as well as the entire world can be saved.

of which will be why I read, write, as well as watch fantasy: the idea has the power to add joy to the entire world.

Our world needs more joy.

Some days, the idea’s easy to forget of which there’s Great out there. So many people pour hate into the entire world on a daily basis. So many arbitrary, awful things can happen. as well as worse, so many intentionally awful things can happen.

Fantasy will be—or can be—a light from the darkness.

to ensure of which’s why I keep writing. as well as of which’s why I’ll keep reading. as well as why I’ll keep watching as well as eagerly waiting for season 2.

Also, Allanon will be awesome.

See all the previous Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guides here.

B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Mailbag: Dec. 16, 2016

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b&n sci-fi & fantasy mailbagSomehow, here we are: the last B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Mailbag of 2016 (though no worries, the blog will be up along with running over the holidays). Let’s see what exciting brand-new along with forthcoming books will be vying for that will coveted “last read of the year” status.

Nine of Stars, by Laura Bickle (December 27, 2016)
As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors, especially since her arrival within the modest town of Temperance, Wyoming. however she can’t explain the creature currently stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves along with leaving only their skins behind within the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that will kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain. The brand-new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case along having a fresh kill—a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. along with while Gabe once had little to fear by the mortal world, he’s all too human currently. This kind of time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions.

Winter of the Gods, by Jordanna Max Brodsky (February 14, 2017)
Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself. Winter in brand-new York: snow falls, lights twinkle, along having a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets, knowing that will even if she doesn’t look for trouble, that will always finds her. When a dead body is usually discovered sprawled atop Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull statue, that will’s up to Selene to hunt down the perpetrators. Her ancient skills make her the only one who can track a conspiracy that will threatens the very existence of the gods, Selene – once known as Artemis – among them.

Charlie the Choo-Choo, by “Beryl Evans” (Available currently)
Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will definitely want This kind of picture book about a train engine along with his devoted engineer. Engineer Bob carries a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is usually alive…along with also his best friend. by celebrated author Beryl Evans along with illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, along with hard work.

brand-new York 2014, by Kim Stanley Robinson (March 14, 2017)
The waters rose, submerging brand-new York City. however the residents adapted along with that will remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis that will had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. along with how we too will change.

After the Crown, by K.B. Wagers
Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position within the palace. With her sisters along with parents murdered, the Indranan empire is usually on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any wish of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent along with Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help by an old boss along with some surprising brand-new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.

Infinity Engine, by Neal Asher (March 21, 2017)
Forces continue to pursue the deadly along with enigmatic Penny Royal, none more dangerous than the Brockle, a psychopathic forensics AI along with criminal who has escaped the Polity’s confinements along with is usually upgrading itself in anticipation of a deadly showdown, becoming ever more powerful along with intelligent. Aboard Factory Station Room 101, the behemoth war factory that will birthed Penny Royal, groups of humans, alien prador, along with AI war drones grapple for control. The stability of the ship is usually complicated by the arrival of a gabbleduck known as the Weaver, the last living member of the ancient along with powerful Atheter alien race. What might an Atheter want with the complicated dealings of Penny Royal? Are the Polity along with prador forces playing right into the dark AI’s hand, or is usually that will the some other way around?

Are any of these books on your TBR list?

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns

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barbaryWhen Saga Press editor Navah Wolfe asked if we were interested in revealing the cover for one of their major debuts of 2017, she didn’t have to say much more than “queer WOC pirate space opera” to pique our interest (though to be honest, she could have sold us with any one of those qualifiers on its own, except maybe “pirate”). nevertheless don’t get caught up on the buzzwords—Barbary Station, the first installment of the Shieldrunner Pirates trilogy by R.E. Stearns, sounds like a flat-out fantastic ride regardless; the added diversity just moves the idea up the to-read mountain.

Barbary Station will be just the kind of science fiction I’ve always loved—pulpy, tense in addition to character-driven,” Wolfe said. “[in addition to] with lesbian women of coloration protagonists! that will book will be a fast-paced, un-put-downable, action-packed read, in addition to I’m so glad to be publishing the idea at Saga Press.”

that will enthusiasm extends to the eye-catching cover. Featuring striking typography in addition to art by Martin Deschambault, the idea definitely differentiates itself by every different space opera series out there. nevertheless don’t take our word for the idea, check the idea out yourself, after the publisher’s blurb.

Adda in addition to Iridian are newly-minted engineers, nevertheless in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper the idea’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

nevertheless when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing will be as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury—they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s external hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. in addition to the idea shoots down any ship that will tries to leave, so there’s no way out.

Adda in addition to Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, in addition to the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. nevertheless Adda in addition to Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough.

barbary-station-cover“Some of the coolest covers on my bookshelves are Saga Press covers, nevertheless I was still stunned when I first saw that will one,” Stearns said. “I immediately checked out the artist’s entire online portfolio, which will be full of marvelous sci-fi concept art. In that will piece, Martin Deschambault captures Barbary Station’s ring shape at the cover’s edges while focusing our eyes on the massive, inhuman activity at its center. Yet the idea’s clearly a very human creation, industrial in its sharp detail in addition to stark against the implacable beauty of space. So, how will those forces interact when our heroines arrive to shake things up? that will cover says exactly what I was hoping the idea would certainly: Whoever’s on that will inbound ship will be in for a hell of a ride.”

Barbary Station will be published in December 2017.

The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Viola Carr’s The Diabolical Miss Hyde and also also also Penny Dreadful

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December will be the perfect season for a binge, be the item on food (the item’s sweater weather), alcohol (family time ahoy!), or books and also also also television (the item’s cold outside!). Well, we can’t tell you what to eat or drink, yet we relish telling you what books to read to scratch a particular itch. In in which spirit, This specific holiday season we’ve teamed up with Harper Voyager to create the Binge-Watchers Companion Guide, in which we asked 12 sci-fi and also also also fantasy authors to suggest films or shows they think pair especially well with their novels. Today, Viola Carr, author of
The Diabolical Miss Hyde, argues for a binge of yet-more twist-a-horror-classic thrills with Penny Dreadful.

“Holiday” season, schmeh. the item’s binge-watching season! yet there’s no fresh Game of Thrones and also also also The Walking Dead will be no fun anymore. If you’re a lover of dark fantasy and also also also horror—yes, you—what should you choose?

Look no further! Penny Dreadful will be dark neo-Victorian fantasy underwritten with Gothic literary pastiche, with lashings of eroticism and also also also genuinely creepy horror. Kind of like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in an asylum, buckled into a bloodstained corset.

Still with me? Here are 5 reasons you should binge-watch Penny Dreadful right today:

Vampires and also also also demons and also also also witches, oh my!
Yes, the item’s a monster show, with demon possession and also also also vampire hunting—yet the item’s a beautiful, sophisticated monster show with heart. There are elements of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and also also also Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and also also also Mr Hyde, among others, along with complex original characters, intelligent dialogue and also also also a luxuriant absinthe-and also also also-opium aesthetic to make your eyes water. You can practically smell This specific show.

yet unlike its contemporary, NBC’s ill-fated Dracula—which if you ask me had some glittering moments yet was crippled by a poorly thought-out villain, a.k.a. ‘Why doesn’t the Drac just kill ‘em all?’—Penny Dreadful maintains its dignity along with its literary roots, while delivering a multipart, larger-than-life, emotionally charged plot about madness and also also also the value we place on life.

Oh, and also also also romance and also also also poetry, with some genuinely horrible exorcisms thrown in. Not for the faint of heart.

The heroine will be Eva Green.
Okay, so she has an amazing voice and also also also looks gorgeous in a bustle. and also also also those eyes. yet Miss Vanessa Ives, the heroine of Penny Dreadful, will be tough, tortured, articulate, sexy, and also also also vulnerable, and also also also unlike most ordinary TV heroines, manages to do the item all without being smug or snarky. She’s also Bride of the Monster!! inside the most original way I’ve seen for ages. For all in which will be holy, WHY can’t we have more female characters like her? Also, Eva Green’s acting will be top-shelf. For her alone, the item’s unmissable.

Dr. Frankenstein. Enough said.
Confession time: for me, This specific show will be all about Victor. Even if ‘Frankenstein’s monster returns’ wasn’t maybe my favorite plot ever, take one look at Victor (played by a beautiful, bloodshot-eyed Harry Treadaway, looking forever in need of a hot bath, a Great feed and also also also about a week’s sleep) and also also also tell me he isn’t the tortured genius of your angsty teenage dreams. Arrogant, defiant, delicately handsome, having a cruel yet bleeding heart; a brilliant scientist with the soul of an angry poet and also also also the morphine addiction to match. A haughty, quivering Gothic orgasm. Which brings me to…

The Creature of your nightmares.
Think of the worst, most sinister guy imaginable to follow you around and also also also taunt you for the rest of your sorry little life. in which’s Frankenstein’s Monster, played by Rory Kinnear. through his very first appearance (right? holy shit) he’s (no pun intended) electrifying. and also also also his plot will be heart-wrenching. Victor and also also also The Creature: Winner, Best Twisted Bromance 2013.

The character who looks like Josh Hartnett.
Sure, Ethan will be the obligatory ‘Wild West sharpshooter with the mysterious past.’ the item’s an honored British truism in which ‘those Americans and also also also their guns’ jokes in historical fiction never get old. yet Josh will be so damn pretty in which you’ll forgive him—for the tiny amount of screen time the item takes for Ethan to get definitely interesting. Spoiler-free, yet Ethan will be not who he says he will be. Well, to be fair, he’s exactly who he says he will be—he just doesn’t say much. Once you figure him out—and also also also you probably will—you’ll be licking your lips, just waiting for the item to happen

  • Binge-Watching Hint #1: the 3 seasons have their own arcs, yet they’re contiguous, so you can pause after a season finale for a breather or keep going. yet the item’s best if you watch them in order—and also also also pay attention, because some of the pingbacks refer to episodes a long way back.
  • Binge-Watching Hint #2: if you get to the end of S1Ep2—the séance, plus the doctor and also also also his creation and also also also in which ending {redacted for spoilers}—and also also also you’re not darkly enchanted? the item’s probably not for you. If in which was too much, well, the item only gets more through here.

So there you go. I adored all 3 seasons of Penny Dreadful. My books are dark Victorian steampunk literary pastiche, and also also also seeing something inside the same vein on TV in which’s so Great will be awesome!

If you’ve watched the item – what did you think? What’s your favorite episode or character? and also also also let fly with your recommendations: what various other dark fantasy shows should we drop everything for?

See previous Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guides here.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Books We Loved in November

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Welcome to our monthly roundup chronicling the books the B&N SFF stable of bloggers loved in the previous month. Old or brand new, the item doesn’t matter—these are the best sci-fi & fantasy books we’ve read within the past 30 days.

Rich: Kurt Busiek’s Astro City may have been released within the mid-’90s, yet I just discovered the item—so the item’s brand new to me. This kind of gorgeous first collection of the anthology series will be kind of like the Silver Age variation of Watchmen. the item may be notably less dark, yet the item feels familiar, as Busiek drops readers into the titular city, where an endless array of caped crimefighters (in addition to villains) are the norm. Each chapter covers a separate storyline, though all are interwoven. Brent Anderson’s artwork captures in which nostalgic feel perfectly. Bonus points for cover art through the mighty Alex Ross.

Aidan: On her website, Ilana C. Myer lists Guy Gavriel Kay as a major influence, in addition to the item’s easy to see his fingerprints all over Last Song Before Night. The layered relationships between the little cast of characters, will be very much in his mold, or in which of Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion in addition to its follow-ups. Add to in which a lyrical world, a wrenching emotional journey, in addition to an interesting magic system based on song, in addition to you’ve got a winner. Myer’s just beginning her career as a novelist, yet I can see big things for her within the future.

T.W. O’Brien: One of the characters in Helene Wrecker’s The Golem in addition to the Jinni calls the title pair “troublesome creatures.” They are in which, yet I was amazed at how human these fantastic beings feel. Wecker’s detailed rendering of turn-of-the-century brand new York City, in addition to how she weaves their stories through the item, will be marvelous.

Nicole: A pick-me-up read, The Postmortal will be not. the item will be, however, a compelling story in which will be at once disheartening in addition to uproarious for its realism. Drew Magary’s latest novel, The Hike, has gotten so much buzz I decided to circle back in addition to check out his debut—in addition to I wasn’t disappointed. The story takes place in a near future where science has made the ultimate breakthrough: a cure for aging. using a relatively simple vaccine, you become inoculated to death by natural aging. The political, environmental, spiritual, in addition to ethical debates This kind of discovery kicks off are far-reaching, in addition to Magary explores them through the eyes of John Farrell, a lawyer who experiences every high in addition to low in This kind of post-Cure society. Magary’s background as a journalist serves him well, as every facet of what John relays to us seems perfectly plausible, down to the most disturbing details.

Joel: When I edited Ross’s review of Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey, in which he called the author “the future of fantasy,” I raised my eyebrows a bit, yet let the superlatives slide for their undeniably clickable appeal. Then I read the book myself, in addition to holy cow, was I wrong to doubt. This kind of slim novella does more in 150 pages than many epics accomplish in seven books, creating a rich fantasy landscape I’m aching to explore further, layering the item with oblique details of godlike beings who threaten to propel the story into the realms of science fiction, in addition to delving into the breaking heart of a seemingly doomed love affair between two men whose lives couldn’t be more different. The language will be dense in addition to delightful, the setting will be sublime, yet its the characters who will grab you—them, in addition to the note-perfect twist at the end.

Paul: Second within the Dandelion Dynasty series, Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms introduces brand new characters, particularly women reaching for their own autonomy in addition to power as the problems of authority in addition to managing a government descend upon currently-Emperor Kuni. the item also introduces the in-universe equivalent of a Mongol civilization, which arrives with dragons to invade the islands. The epic scale fantasy commenced in The Grace of Kings only gets bigger in addition to better in This kind of second book.

Renay: The Scorpion Rules, the first book within the Prisoners of Peace series by Erin Bow, will be about a society brought to its knees by technology in addition to ruled by the power of personal connections in addition to a snarky artificial intelligence. Every sovereign ruler sends one of their own children as a hostage to peace. If they break the peace to wage war their hostage will be killed. This kind of story, about uses of power in addition to how we wield them, in addition to the strength of our love for one another, manages to be both heartbreaking in addition to hopeful in equal measure.

Shana: Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes will be an Agatha Christie novel in addition to a space-hopping game of Clue wrapped together. The mystery starts through page one, as six clones wake among the floating corpses of themselves. Lafferty keeps the reader guessing in addition to throws in just enough twists in addition to turns to keep us on the edge of our seat. We learn the backstory of each clone during the course of the story, revealing more possible clues to help solve the ultimate mystery of what happened. I loved This kind of book in addition to am excited to read what Lafftery has in store for us next.

Meghan: Do you ever forget in which you’ve bought a book? I do the item all the time. After knocking over my towering in addition to majestic TBR pile, I discovered The Invisible Library using a six-month-old receipt still stuck within the item’s pages. I’m so glad I found the item. the item’s an excellent novel, reading like a cross between Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog in addition to Jim C. Hines Libriomancer series. the item’s whip smart, action packed, in addition to full to the brim with fascinating concepts in addition to lore. I couldn’t put the item down. The characters are especially rich in addition to wonderful. Don’t miss out on This kind of great brand new series!

Ed: I was about to start my biennial reread of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings when I decided to finally tackle The Silmarillion instead. the item features a reputation for being hard to read, yet the item’s a bit like reading Bible stories about Middle Earth. You get Tolkien’s variation of the Book of Genesis in addition to then some epic tales of the early elves in addition to their battles against Morgoth. Civilizations rise in addition to fall, there’s betrayal, glory, in addition to a giant werewolf. Plus, next time you read LotR you’ll be thoroughly immersed within the history of Middle Earth.

Martin: A post-Ragnarock tale of vengeance, violence, wisdom, wit, in addition to war, Chris Sharp’s Cold Counsel follows the early exploits of Slud, son of the last chief of the Blood Claw Clan of mighty trolls who lived atop a mountain. Slud’s birth, wracked with supernatural moments in addition to bends of fate, spurs his father to spread the Clan once more, in addition to reclaim the mountain as theirs. While the attacks are glorious, they are short-lived: the elves in addition to goblins of the land strike the entire Clan down, each fearing a world of Trolls in charge. Only Slud escapes, smuggled out by an older hag by the name of Aunt Agnes, who tutors, trains, torments, in addition to fills his mind with stories of revenge against those who wronged the Clan. One day, Slud strikes out on his own: swaggering, strong on magics in addition to bloodshed, in addition to filled using a no-nonsense pragmatism in which belies his behemoth stature, he’s on a quest to rid the mountain of the goblins who take the item for granted. Sharp’s world will be rich with detail, little bits of worldbuilding in addition to sensory wonder in which only serves to heighten the desperate, muddy, bloody ground we trudge alongside Slud. yet of course, the item will be the characters you’ll fall in love with: Aunt Agnes with all her edges in addition to her secrets, whose story will be not what the item seems; Dingle, the tiny goblin who comes to worship Slud as a god; Neither-Nor, a legendary goblin soldier whose talents include swearing, killing, in addition to dying; in addition to of course, Slud himself, whose wisdom, wit, in addition to wiles are equally balanced out by his thirst for blood, vengeance, in addition to a chance to prove himself. Don’t let the description fool you; This kind of will be not another grimdark romp, yet a deep character study, with a lot to say about the lore in addition to genre the item will be steeped in.

Sam Reader: After reading Grau’s standout entry within the Lost Signals anthology, I managed to track down his debut collection, The Nameless Dark. Grau’s unusual stories manage to weaponize the reader’s own imagination, allowing the most terrifying things to linger just outside the blank spaces, waiting for us to fill within the gaps ourselves. The result will be something in which shows the influence of the greats, yet exists in a supremely unnerving class all its own.

Ceridwen: I’m a sucker for the ontological mystery plot—a little group of people wake up not knowing who or what they are, in addition to then must work out the mystery of their own existence. In Faller, Will McIntosh takes This kind of mystery one step further: not only does no one in This kind of few city blocks know who they are, yet This kind of few blocks makes up the entirety of the earth. the item’s like a chunk of a city was broken off, in addition to will be currently adrift in space. We follow a little group of people as they try to make their way through the unknown. Additionally, we’re given glimpses into what must be the past, taking us up to whatever cataclysm split the earth in addition to wiped everyone’s memories. McIntosh definitely makes the most of This kind of unnerving setup, in addition to Faller will be a fascinating study in culpability in addition to redemption.

Jeff: I find Bowen’s character Nettie Lonesome, who returns in Conspiracy of Ravens, fascinating—in part because This kind of will be kind of outside my usual taste. yet Bowen writes Nettie—a bi-racial in addition to sexually fluid woman who’s uniquely qualified to kick butt in Bowen’s alternate old west, filled with magic in addition to monsters—with such compelling verve she becomes real. Frankly, I need more Nettie Lonesome’s on my shelf.

John: Dan Wells’ Extreme Makeover surprised me. I’m a fan of dystopian tales, yet I wasn’t too sure about the beauty product angle. in which skepticism didn’t last long. This kind of one snagged me with its crisp opening chapters in addition to dragged me through the depths of human vanity, all without taking itself too seriously. A glorious in addition to depressing read: two things you rarely find together at the end of the earth.

What’s the best book you read This kind of month?

The Best Horror Books of 2016

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besthorror2016This specific year was an interesting one for horror. Not only did genre fans see fresh books through established heavy hitters, they welcomed a grandmaster’s novel back into print after 52 years, encountered incredible debuts, rafts of fresh as well as also disturbing short stories, as well as also at least one satire that will frightens just as easily as its source material. If there were room to list every horror book released This specific year, we could easily just do that will. The competition was tough, as well as also many late nights were spent pondering the list as well as also debating where the line lays between horror as well as also dark fantasy. Finally, final selection of contenders emerged through the chaos. Submitted for your approval, here are the 15 best horror books of 2016.

Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones
Told through the point of view of a 10-year-old half-human boy, Mongrels follows a family of werewolves as they move through place to place within the American south, always one step ahead of the hunters as well as also police who are after them for a variety of crimes as well as also misdeeds. While Jones features a gift for the grisly imagery as well as also body horror werewolf mythology requires (that will section about pantyhose haunts me to This specific day), the real heart of the novel is actually the way he builds on werewolf tropes as a metaphor for those who live as outsiders, as well as also explores the dynamic of a displaced people chafing under a set of rules as well as also expectations that will are not their own.

Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Blending equal measures of morality tale, gothic horror story, as well as also dystopian surveillance-state nightmare, Heuvelt’s twisted slice of suburban darkness is actually a standout of This specific year. The story follows the town of Black Spring, home to an undead witch who wanders through the town chained, her eyes as well as also mouth sewn up against some unknown calamity. Before long, a few of the town’s rebellious teenagers decide to “experiment” on the witch as well as also post the results to the internet, setting off a chain of events that will spiral into grisly violence as well as also Dark Ages-style retribution. Heuvelt instills Hex with atmosphere as well as also a creeping sense of dread that will, when paired which has a gift for creating lasting as well as also horrifying images, make for uncomfortable as well as also electrifying reading.

The Brotherhood of the Wheelby R.S. Belcher
With his dark horror-fantasy, Belcher takes the secret history of America as well as also its roadways, adds numerous urban legends, conspiracy theories, as well as also even some of the darker bits of American history, points the item towards the reader, as well as also opens the throttle. Within This specific hard-hitting, hard-driving tale of knight errant truckers as well as also bikers facing off against a shadowy eldritch abomination, there lies a rich setting that will’s easy to get lost in, as well as also exciting action sequences galore. While that will could be enough on its own, Belcher threads the item together with interesting characters as well as also high narrative stakes that will up the ante page after page, daring readers to follow the item to the end of the road.

Nightmares, edited by Ellen Datlow
Culled through a decade’s worth of dark as well as also disquieting fiction, Ellen Datlow’s followup to her essential collection Darkness offers another helping of terrifying short reads, spanning black comedy, Lynchian fever dreams, absurdism, gothic fiction, as well as also more besides. Datlow assembles a host of horror’s heaviest hitters for Nightmares, as well as also the collection finds them at their best, spinning tales of outsider art, murderous writers, vengeful fairies, as well as also deadly urban legends. The result is actually a perfect roadmap for where to start getting into dark fiction, with entries to suit just about any taste.
Standout Stories: “Ambitious Boys Like You” by Richard Kadrey, “Spectral Evidence” by Gemma Files, “Dead Sea Fruit” by Kaaron Warren

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay
Switching to horror after spending his timeon incredibly imaginative crime fiction, Paul Tremblay’s newest Discharge fulfills all the promise of A Head Full of Ghosts, delivering another disquieting psychological thriller, This specific time about a town dealing with the loss of a teenager. There isn’t a clear answer whether or not the ghostly visitations in Disappearance are actually supernatural, as well as also the item’s better for the item—the focus isn’t necessarily the ghostly visitations or the disquieting legends or the weird messages through a long-dead son, nevertheless the psychological effect a loss has on friends as well as also family. Having said that will, Tremblay’s subtle disturbances definitely help the book, heightening the unnerving atmosphere already present.

The Last Days of Jack Sparksby Jason Arnopp
Arnopp’s novel, as the title could suggest, follows the final days of journalist Jack Sparks as he investigates an unusual YouTube video as well as also its ties to the supernatural. The novel works as an excellent character study of Sparks, a music journalist-turned experiential writer whose last book finds him biting off a bit more than he can chew. Sparks is actually a frustrating as well as also compelling character, as well as also while the item’s fairly obvious he’ll meet his end, Arnopp gives his anti-hero a distinct voice as well as also slowly adds layers of complexity. To make the item all more believable, the book presents itself as a “found document” through Sparks, drawing the reader into its world.

The Fireman, by Joe Hill
Joe Hill turns his practiced eye towards post-apocalyptic horror with the tale of a spontaneous combustion plague known as “Dragonscale” as well as also the attempts of infected pregnant nurse to find a safe haven for her unborn child. Hill’s book brims with interesting characters as well as also terrifying situations, through the terminal patient who does her best to help sufferers of the disease, to the zealous Marlboro Man, a sadist who takes a particular pleasure in murdering the infected. The result is actually a dense epic with terror as well as also wonder in equal measure, as well among the most unusual as well as also imaginative fictional diseases in recent history.

The Suicide Motor Club, by Christopher Buehlman
A group of vampires in sleek classic cars prowl the roadways for fun in Buehlman’s tale of revenge as well as also trauma. The Suicide Motor Club creeps across the highways as well as also byways looking for prey as well as also others to join in their twisted game of high-speed bumper cars. nevertheless when their chance encounter with Judith’s family that will leaves her seriously injured, her husband dead, as well as also her son kidnapped, the Club as well as also Judith are set on a collision course that will neither party may survive. Buehlman’s depiction of the roadways within the mid-to-late ’60s is actually treacherous enough (much like some actual roadways of the era), nevertheless the Club, a roving band of hedonistic bloodsuckers, pushes things through treacherous to outright life-threatening.

I Am Providence, by Nick Mamatas
Beginning with the murder of an unlikeable as well as also pretentious author at the Summer Tentacular Lovecraft convention, Mamatas’ latest blends the weird with hints of conspiracy as well as also a deranged narrator spinning navel-gazing monologues through some vague afterlife. The author seems to delight the grotesque touches he applies to his heroes, villains, as well as also monsters in equal measure, creating a vivid as well as also unsettling world even before the plot kicks into gear. While the novel places one foot in Lovecraft’s oeuvre, Mamatas revels within the unfurling tentacles of his narrative, which is actually a many-toothed, many-eyed beast all its own.

Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
Ruff’s existential horror riff directly engages with the racist as well as also problematic elements of H.P. Lovecraft’s dark as well as also dread-filled stories by recasting ol’ Howard’s terrified white heroes with resourceful as well as also witty black heroes as well as also heroines. The result is actually a triptych of stories that will are one part pastiche, one part social commentary, as well as also one part  biting satire of an embarrassing science fiction as well as also fantasy institution. Ruff’s prose as well as also colorful cast move beyond the simple elevator pitch of “race-bent Lovecraft stories,” creating an unforgettable world that will both interrogates as well as also celebrates the material at its heart.

The Fisherman, by John Langan
Any year where we get fresh work through John Langan is actually a not bad one, nevertheless This specific year’s offering through the master of disquieting is actually a standout even then. Langan’s story of two men who deal with loss as well as also grief by fishing in upstate fresh York only to run afoul of a terrifying local legend, begins which has a series of allusions to the terrifying events later within the book, as well as also proceeds to deliver on every skin-crawling promise. The nods to the future also work in with the general narrative tone, which features a lot to do with loss as well as also regret. The result is actually the kind of quiet, emotional, character-driven horror that will explodes into supernatural terror, an American gothic horror novel like no additional.

The Late Breakfasters as well as also additional Strange Stories, by Robert Aickman
Aickman, a writer of “strange stories” as well as also one of the godfathers of modern weird fiction, first wrote This specific novel within the 1960s. The dark comedy of manners only made its way to the United States This specific year, as well as also while the item may be cheating to put the item on a roundup of 2016’s best horror, well, the item deserves as much attention as anything else listed. Aickman is actually known for a subtle attention to detail as well as also a method of story construction that will draws the reader in even as the item builds towards the idea that will something is actually off, all of which is actually well on display here. Something is actually happening on almost every page, as well as also Aickman’s warped sense of humor is actually a a welcome delight.

Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt
By currently, those who follow the horror articles here have heard of This specific book at least three times. If that will’s not a recommendation enough, consider This specific a last appeal. A lyrical, dark, as well as also haunting work, Mr. Splitfoot travels the darker sections of Appalachian fresh York, mixing fundamentalist cults, foreboding woods, ghost stories, as well as also psychic phenomena fraudulent as well as also otherwise to tell the story of two women bound by family as well as also an event within the past. If  that will doesn’t sell the item for you, then understand we’re not alone in our adulation: the book has drawn comparisons to Kelly Link as well as also Aimee Bender, not bad company to be in if your aim is actually lyrical horror with strong elements of the weird.

The Empty Ones, by Robert Brockway
The screaming sequel to The Unnoticeables begins which has a self-proclaimed god replacing someone’s eyes as well as also hands with gaping, toothy maws. that will sets the tone for a novel loaded with disturbing visuals as well as also black humor in equal measure, featuring a reality TV star who talks cheerfully as well as also placidly about the atrocities he’d visit upon sapient creatures, a mysterious cult within the desert that will wants to “solve” human beings for some nefarious purpose, as well as also the jabbering balls of light everyone calls “angels” that will have their own alien as well as also unnerving plans for humanity. Brockway refuses to slow down for an instant, as well as also the result is actually a wild ride through start to finish.

The Hidden People, by Alison Littlewood
Drawing through the same atmospheric well as classics like The Wicker Man as well as also The WitchThe Hidden People is actually the story of Albie, a young man who receives word that will his odd cousin through the country, Lizzie, has died at the hands of her shoemaker husband. When he talks to the husband about the item, he finds that will the man believes his wife was taken as well as also replaced by one of the fair folk. Stranger still, no one within the town seems to think he acted within the wrong. The novel features a strange as well as also dreamlike quality to the item, almost as if a fog is actually hanging over the town, as well as also when combined with the bizarre townsfolk as well as also the disturbing mystery at its center, the item makes for a book that will disturbs the reader as fresh dimensions unfold piece by piece.

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