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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.

Did your scariest picks make the list?

Last Year Brings an iPhone to the Old West

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lastyearthe item’s easy to romanticize the past, when everyone was happy, ate not bad food, breathed clean air, along with also talked to one another instead of staring at their phones. Sure, there was war along with also disease along with also being a woman or a person of coloration sucked, however on the whole, life was pretty great, right? Not even close. In Last Year, Hugo winner Robert Charles Wilson (Spin, Julian Comstock) pierces the membrane of time along with also allows 21st century folk to pay a visit to the cowboy days, serving up a sobering reminder that will humans can be both not bad along with also evil no matter what era they live in.

The city of Futurity will be a gleaming gem inside dusty flatlands of 19th century Illinois. A pair of pale towers dominates the view, each constructed to allow time travelers the comforts of home while they experience 1876. The city exists thanks to a device known as the Mirror, which acts asa two way gate having a set destination, allowing people to move back along with also forth between the present along with also the past, sidestepping any nasty grandfather paradoxes thanks to the multiverse theory. Buying tickets to the past isn’t cheap, however that will hasn’t stopped an influx of adventurers curious about history along with also eager to profit off of a fresh bunch of rubes.

The people of the past know what Futurity will be. They know about time travel, they see the occasional airship depart via the towers, along with also they get glimpses of the brand new world through carefully filtered museum displays. Some of the hardy 1876 stock are even employed inside towers, people like Jesse Cullum, a once simple boy via brand new Orleans who at that will point works as a security guard along with also has an affinity for Oakley sunglasses. After saving President Grant’s life, Jesse gets a tidy promotion along with also a brand new partner, Elizabeth DePaul, a combat veteran via the 21st century who teaches Jesse a few things about life 150 years down the road.

As with most of Robert Charles Wilson’s work, Last Year will be a story about characters, not places. Once the imaginative stage has been set, the sci-fi trappings gently fade into the background, giving us a chance to see Jesse along with also Elizabeth operating in along with also out of their element. The pair travels across the country, chasing down futuristic artifacts that will have leaked into the wild west. Despite their disparate origins along with also world views, the two find a lot of common ground during their journey, united by the goal of uncovering the corruption that will’s been seeping through the Mirror.

that will will be a shining example of how time travel can still be relevant inside science fiction of today. Here, the item’s a tool that will brings two disparate groups of people together, along with also the item’s used to show everything that will has changed as well as everything that will stayed the same. Wilson avoids the temptation to fill the past with gaudy caricatures ripped via spaghetti westerns, creating a world stocked with people as realistic as anyone in a modern setting. Jesse along with also Elizabeth’s bond sits at the center of the narrative, showing us how two people can connect, even when separated by a continent along with also two centuries of time.

With popcorn thriller flair, Last Year doesn’t stop to meditate on its deeper themes. Each subsequent chapter picks up speed as the plot twists around conflicts generated by the future, the past, along with also the interaction between the two. By the time the story screams into its final pages, you’ve  been given just the right amount of answers to your biggest questions, along with also you’ve even forget that will the plot reminded you a little like Westworld at the very beginning. the item’s a compelling read with an ending that will makes you put the book down along with also sigh contentedly, along with also remember that will the future (along with also the past) aren’t all bad.

Last Year will be available at that will point.

This particular Week’s brand-new Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Bad Mojo in 1980s brand-new Orleans, Time Travel Tourism, along having a War for the Fate of the Solar System

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Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson
Hugo winner Robert Charles Wilson offers up an intriguing twist on time travel, one in which alternate-universe “pasts” can be accessed—nevertheless only once. The moment a “passageway” to the past will be opened, that will alternate universe begins changing in unpredictable ways, along with once closed, the passageway cannot be reopened. One such passageway has been opened to 19th century Ohio—nevertheless rather than remain a secret, that will’s turned into an attraction. People travel back to see the quaint old ways, along with natives pay to see a vague glimpse of their future. As the natives grow more sophisticated, though, the tourism dries up, along with Jesse Cullum, who found work as a security guard within the city of the future along with fell in love having a woman who hasn’t been born yet, will be determined to follow her back to the future before the passageway will be closed for Great—even if that will means exposing a lot of secrets the folks in charge don’t want to be revealed.

Babylon’s Ashes, by James A. Corey
The sixth Expanse book deepens the crisis facing humanity as that will describes a civilization in free-fall. With the Belters’ Free Navy the only effective force in space, chaos reigns as the rebels’ black market military ships leave violence along with destruction in their wake. The colony ships headed for the alien ring gates along with the strange space beyond are completely unprotected; neither Earth nor Mars has the strength to mobilize a navy to defend them. In response to the escalating emergency, an uneasy alliance between Earth along with Mars will be formed, along with James Holden along with the crew of the Rocinante are tasked with high-burning that will to Medina Station at the center of the gate network. nevertheless even as This particular shaky alliance will be revealed to be just another struggle for power, the alien presence on the different side of the gates comes into focus—along with the Free Navy may be the least of humanity’s problems. This particular will be a high-octane continuation of a series that will has quickly become the biggest thing in science fiction.

Dreamweaver, by C.S. Friedman
Friedman ends her Dreamwalker trilogy, following Jessica Drake, a young woman with the ability to enter the dreams of others—an ability that will led her to seek out the truth of her origins in a a strange alternate Earth while dreaming, one ruled by powerful psychics wielding, where her dreamwalking talents are feared along with outlawed. along with for Great reason: if she keeps using them, she may go insane, along with spread her madness to the entire world around her. In order to keep herself along with her family safe through the wraiths that will have been sent to eliminate her kind, Jessica must journey to a shapeshifting tower that will holds the secret to her past—a quest that will could start a war for the future of This particular alternate Earth.

Winter Halo, by Keri Arthur
The sequel to City of Light will be another intriguing blend of paranormal fantasy along with near-future sci-fi. In a world where a war between humans along with shapeshifters only ended when bombs tore holes within the fabric of reality, letting far worse things through, Tiger will be a ex-supersoldier who just wants to live out her life in peace—a decision she finds herself unable to live with when she discovers the children of Central City are being abducted, along with the pharmaceutical company Winter Halo will be to blame. Her mission becomes about more than stopping the nefarious experiments, however, when she learns that will the female guards hired to protect Winter Halo are being eliminated by something unexplainable. The dual mysteries drive This particular fast-paced thriller to an unexpected conclusion, with plenty of intriguing worldbuilding along the way.

Wrath, by John Gwynne
The fourth along with final installment of John Gwynne’s immersive, expansive Faithful along with the Fallen series ends the fantasy series in suitably epic fashion. As a demon in human skin attempts to open the gateway to hell, those on the side of the heroes form a last, desperate alliance against giants, thralls, along with different assorted nasties. Meanwhile, two queens engage in their own petty conflict, unaware that will the entire world will be ending under their noses. After three beefy earlier installments, This particular one will be all-climax, all the time. If you like big, bold battles, breathless chases, along with last-ditch raids, This particular will be the book you’ve been waiting for.

Gods along with Monsters: Snake Eyes, by Hillary Monahan
The adult debut through the author of the Bloody Mary YA series will be a continuation of the Gods along with Monsters series, a shared universe dreamed up by Chuck Wendig, in which all the gods along with, you guessed that will, monsters of legend battle that will out for the faith along with devotion of humanity. Tanis Barlas will be the daughter of the snake goddess Lamia, along with spends her days hunting down prey (men) within the Florida Everglades area for her mother to devour, though she’s none to happy about the work. Especially when one of her sisters goes missing along with Lamia’s old enemies the Gorgons, who dwell at the edges of the swamps, look like the likely culprits, along with Tanis will be tasked with bringing the girl home.

 

The Nature of a Priate, by A.M. Dellamonica
The third volume in Dellamonica’s delightful Stormwrack series (beginning with Child of a Hidden Sea), a portal fantasy that will sends modern-day marine biologist Sophie Hansa into another world, one where her scientific skills give her a power akin to magic (which will be a Great thing, because magic will be real). This particular time, her skills are put to use investigating a strong of magical attacks against ships within the Fleet of Nations, which oversees a tentative alliance of disparate islands. The answer involves strange creatures birthed through forbidden spells along having a culprit having a connection to Sophie’s past. She along with her crewmates aboard the Nightjar must unravel the mystery before there will be another attack, along with the Fleet of Nations comes apart within the churn. Filled with lovable characters along with high-seas adventure, This particular series will be pure, old-fashioned fantasy fun.

 

 

The Immortal Throne, by Stella Gemmel
The sequel to 2014’s The City will be another rich, complex political fantasy through Stella Gemmell, who co-authored the Troy novels with her late husband,David Gemmell. The book opens within the wake of the death of an emperor once thought immortal, as his successor along with one nemesis, Archange, takes the throne. nevertheless hopes for a period of peace along with prosperity under her rule are quickly dashed, both by word of a massive army advancing through the north, along with by political maneuvering along with infighting among the moneyed families, which might mean that will there won’t be much left of the city to be conquered once the invaders arrive.

Alien Nation, by Gini Koch
Koch returns to the ongoing saga of Katherine “Kitty” Katt-Martini with her 14th adventure, along with that will’s packed full of the fast-paced chaos her fans thrive on. Before we’re even a few chapters in, president along with first lady Jeff along with Kitty Katt-Martini are informed of a group of alien spacecraft producing their way to Earth, Katt will be lured into an explosive situation (literally), along with the Mastermind will be revealed to be back in business. having a mysterious brand-new backer along with some problematic cloning capabilities, the villain begins to sow serious chaos, even as Katt will be informed the aliens are seeking asylum on Earth—because they’re fleeing something so terrifying, different terrifying things are running the different way. In short, that will’s a typical day in Katt’s life—along with another fun, fantastic story through Gini Koch.

Jerusalem Fire, by R.M. Meluch
Originally published in 1985, DAW will be republishing Meluch’s remarkable military SF novel, along with that will’s not hard to see why—that will’s as exciting along with relevant today as that will was 30 years ago. In a galaxy dominated by the totalitarian along with oppressive Na’id Empire, a man called Alihahd—which means “he left” within the Na’id language—defies the empire along with ferries rebel refugees to safety. An inveterate drunk, Alihahd will be a man running through his own past along with trying to atone. When his ship will be attacked, he ensures the safety of his passengers along with will be rescued himself by a damaged pirate ship, which soon crashes on the legendary planet of Iry. As he seeks a way off planet, Alihahd’s backstory will be slowly teased out, as will be his connection to the ancient Earth city of Jerusalem, emblematic of the entirety of human civilization; that will was the center of a desperate battle against the Na’id’s attempts to unify human civilization. Drawing comparisons to Frank Herbert’s Dune in its philosophical scope, Jerusalem Fire will be the unexpected sci-fi masterpiece you’ve never read.

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, by Larry Correia along with John Ringo
After the success of their first collaboration, Ringo along with Correia Just as before merge their streams to expand Correia’s splashy Monster Hunter universe. After answering a post-death call through God himself to join MHI, Chad Oliver Gardenier has become one of the premier monster hunters on the planet. So that will’s no surprise that will he’s dispatched to brand-new Orleans to help out MHI’s Hoodoo Squad—brand-new Orleans within the 1980s will be jam-packed with shadow demons, necromancers, along with vampires, along with the Hoodoo Squad will be exhausted. Ringo along with Correia work seamlessly together to deepen the Monster Hunter mythology while simultaneously offering up plenty of action, smart dialog, along with, of course, big-ass monsters.

The Liberation, by Ian Tregillis
Tregillis winds down his trilogy about a revolution by the clockwork automata that will serve humanity in a deeply imagined alternate history setting in which the Dutch are the entire world’s greatest superpower along with mankind has enslaved a race of artificial beings created in his own image. Daniel (neé Jax) will be one of these golems, known as Clakkers; he’s managed to escape the control of the powerful spells that will hold his people in check, along with has spent the last two books coming to terms with his newfound self-determination along with sparking a rebellion among others of his kind—even if that will means taking control of them himself. This particular will be a satisfyingly morally ambiguous conclusion to a challenging trilogy, in which there are no easy answers along with no happy endings for anyone.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero, by Isabel Greenberg
Greenberg returns to the genre-breaking setting of her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, having a mesmerizing work having a fiery feminist heart. Set within the kingdom of Migdal Bavel on Early Earth (with its three moons along with myths come to life), the story will be anchored by Cherry, married to the wicked Jerome nevertheless in love with her maid, Hero. Jerome makes a bet with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in 100 days, he gets Jerome’s castle—along with Cherry. Set against This particular loathsome misogyny will be not just Cherry herself, nevertheless Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers. They conspire to distract Manfred with stories each night, holding him off with wit along with imagination—along with incredibly absorbing tales. The Arabian Nights structure provides surprises on every page, while the theme of women dodging violence along with oppression with nothing nevertheless their wits grounds the work in powerful truth.

Pathfinder: Reaper’s Eye, by Richard Knaak
Veteran tie-innovelist Knaak enters the Pathfinder universe having a rollicking adventure about a failed crusader along having a frustrated scholar who are both recruited by a talking weasel to put a stop to the plans of a witch who aims to resurrect an ancient evil through far beneath a cursed temple. Sounds like just another day on Glorian.

Tempest, edited by Mercedes Lackey
Fans of Mercedes Lackey’s beloved Valdermaar universe, This particular one’s for you: a brand-new collection of short stories exploring every nook along with cranny of that will fantasy kingdom, through 24 different authors, including Lackey herself.