The Great Halloween Book Boost

It’s the time of year for a book boost! Lovecraftian horror, knights in power armor, undead dragons, demons, Catholic schoolgirls with chainsaws, veterinarians, magical spears, vampires, bilocating cops, cyberpunk paladin samurais, and more!

For some reason many people associate the world of written horror with that one guy. The one who apparently writes twist endings about aliens that are also spiders or evil cars or something. That guy. But there are other authors! Better ones!

So if you are looking for something appropriate for the season, I’ve got a list right here.

Duel Visions by [Misha Burnett, Louise Sorensen]

Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen – Duel Visions

Is Death a dog or a cat? Would it be worse to be turned into a pig or a fish? After we die do we become characters in a movie, or parts for an old truck?

Weird fictioneers Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen explore the dark depths of the human psyche across ten spine-tingling tales of terror and macabre.

J. Trevor Robinson – The Mummy of Monte Cristo

In the aftermath of a brutal plague that swept across 19th-century Europe, Edmond Dantes is framed for treason by jealous rivals and a zealous prosecutor. He is left to rot in prison without trial or sentence. Edmond’s cellmate, thought to be a madman, tells him of a great treasure and dark power hidden away on the Island of Monte Cristo, waiting for someone to come and take them.

Chalk (Raven Mistcreek Book 1) by [N.R. LaPoint]

N.R. LaPoint – Chalk

Catholic schoolgirl Raven Mistcreek has no memory. Her family is missing, her home is gone, and she is being hunted by monsters. Why do demonic forces want her dead?Is her family still alive? And why do her chalk drawings become real? Across the Qualitative Continuum, levels of reality are sinking lower. A colossal terror lies sleeping. Waiting.

Let Sleeping Gods Lie: A Lovecraftian Gods Horror Story (Cowboys & Cthulhu Book 1) by [David J. West]

David J. West – Let Sleeping Gods Lie

Louis L’Amour Meets Lovecraft

Porter Rockwell, wanted for a murder he did not commit, is hiding out in Old California selling whiskey to thirsty forty-niners. When his friends dig up some monstrous bones and a peculiar book and offer to sell it for a helluva price, Porter can’t resist the mystery.

Declan Finn – Honor at Stake

College freshman, Amanda Colt knows few people and wants to know fewer still. She enjoys fencing and prefers facing a challenge every once in a while. She is beautiful, smart, and possibly the most interesting person on campus.

Then she finds tall, intense Marco Catalano in her fencing class. With a mind like a computer and manners of a medieval knight, he scares most people – but not Amanda. They both have secrets, for they are both monsters.

Adam Lane Smith – Gideon Ira: Knight of the Blood Cross

A holy crusader sworn to slaughter the dark cults of Ba’al the Ever-Hungry must rescue a band of innocent children with his blade and blood-soaked gauntlets, or die trying.

All of Hell thirsts for his blood, but a man of God will never be broken. This holy crusader’s vengeance will be brutal.

I reviewed this one here

Uriel's Revenge: A Dark Sci-fi Adventure (The Cliptic Book 1) by [David Roome]

David Roome – Uriel’s Revenge

For Brian Zaks, developing his skills as a space pilot and combat maneuvers specialist for Elwood’s Privateers took highest priority. But he couldn’t ignore fellow privateer and ex-girlfriend Evvie Evans when she begged him for help with her nocturnal hallucinations of a raven-headed demon.

Then Elwood’s treasure-hunting hobby uncovered the lost secrets of an ancient cult, thrusting Brian and Evvie into an interplanetary clash between the cult’s present-day descendants. Can they defeat a primeval power threatening to upend human civilization?

Prospero Lost (Prospero’s Children Book 1) by [L. Jagi Lamplighter]

L. Jagi Lamplighter – Prospero Lost

Miranda, daughter of the magician Prospero from Shakespeare’s Tempest, lives in the modern age. Upon discovering that her father has gone missing, she must discover the location of her other siblings and convince them to save their father, before the Three Shadowed Ones destroy the Family Prospero. She is accompanied by her company gumshoe, an airy spirit stuck in a body that looks a bit like Humphrey Bogart. Humor, mystery, wonder.

I reviewed this one here

Anthology featuring Caroline Furlong, Josh Griffing, Declan Finn, Karina Fabian, John C. Wright, Karl Gallagher, Ann Margaret Lewis, Richard Paolinelli, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and more!

These are the tales of the orb that lights our night sky and drives the tides of our oceans. The bright companion that orbits our planet, invades our dreams and drives us mad. Told through the eyes of several well known Sci-Fi writers, Luna is a tour-de-force in the Sci-Fi field and a pleasure for any Sci-Fi fan to dig into!

Kit Sun Cheah – Babylon Blues

Faith, demons and firefights in neon-drenched streets!In Nova Babylonia, the New Gods rule with an iron fist. Only one group dares to challenge their reign: the elite law enforcers of the Special Tasks Section. Lethal and incorruptible, they form the thin blue line between humanity and Hell on Earth.Within the STS, the most dangerous assignments go to Team Black Watch. Six battle-hardened operators who will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.These are their stories.Hugo and Dragon Award nominated writer Kit Sun Cheah presents six shots of hard-hitting cyberpunk action horror, interwoven in a grand narrative of conspiracy and corruption in a land ruled by demons in the guise of gods. Originally published as webserials, these stories have been remastered and compiled in a single massive volume, along with a bonus never-before-published novella.Welcome to Nova Babylonia. Try not to lose your soul.

I reviewed this one here

Hell Spawn: A Catholic Action Horror Novel (Saint Tommy, NYPD Book 1) by [Declan Finn]

Declan Finn – Hell Spawn

Tommy Nolan lives a quiet life. He walks his beat – showing mercy to the desperate. Locking away the dangerous. Going to church, sharing dinner with his wife and son. Everyone likes Tommy, even the men he puts behind bars.
Then one day a demon shows up and he can smell it. Tommy can smell evil – real evil . Now he’s New York City’s only hope against a horrifying serial killer that preys on the young and defenseless.
But smell alone isn’t enough to get a warrant. Can Tommy track down the killer and prove his guilt?

I reviewed this one here

La Danza de la Muerte: Seven Stories by [Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Joseph Devon]

Donald Jacob Uitvlugt – La Danza de la Muerte

As the season grows colder, soft strains of music float on the breeze. You turn a corner and see a great throng. They all are dancing a slow, solemn dance, a great line of people dancing hand in hand with no regard for differences of race, sex, age, or culture. The last figure in line beckons you forward, asking you to take her skeletal hand in yours.

This collection contains seven stories about Death. Ranging from horror to science fiction to superhero fantasy, they wrestle with death in different ways. Is death an evil to be fought against with all our strength or a lover to be embraced?

Russell Newquist – War Demons

Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

John C. Wright – Awake in the Night Land

AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND is an epic collection of four of John C. Wright’s brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson’s 1912 novel, The Night Land. Part novel, part anthology, the book consists of four related novellas, “Awake in the Night”, “The Cry of the Night-Hound”, “Silence of the Night”, and “The Last of All Suns”, which collectively tell the haunting tale of the Last Redoubt of Man and the end of the human race. 

G. Scott Huggins – All Things Huge and Hideous

I’ve got orcs and trolls who might eat me and dark elf barons who might sue me if their bloodhawks and chimeras don’t pull through. And that doesn’t even consider the possibility that the old hag with the basilisk might show up. The only thing that’s gone right this evening is finding Harriet to be my veterinary assistant.She’s almost a witch, which just might save us both. If we don’t kill each other first.

I reviewed this one here

Brutal Dreams by [J.D. Cowan, L. Jagi Lamplighter]

J.D. Cowan – Brutal Dreams

After awakening in the woods, Christopher Archer finds himself trapped in a world outside of time. Fog monsters, armed gangsters, and a legendary spear, all await his arrival. But what about the fiancé who disappeared months ago?

As Archer explores this eternal midnight, he can only wonder—is this all just a dream, or is there something more hidden in the dark, watching his every move?

There is one choice. He must traverse the nightmare and learn the truth.

I reviewed this one here

Black Earth Rises: Urban Fantasy in a Slavic-haunted Texas (Hall of Heroes Book 3) by [Denton Salle]

Denton Salle – Black Earth Rises

Like the black earth showing through the snow, the otherworld emerges into ours.

Texas – big, open, and strange. Stranger than you can imagine as the Slavic Otherworld leaks into it. With all the monsters and myths of folklore loosed in North Texas.

Jim’s planned on a night of dancing and drinking as a break from studying. His best friend, Mike, came a long despite his bad feelings about it. It got bad. Then it got worse than Jim imagined as the nightmares of myth came hunting them.

Nethereal (Soul Cycle Book 1) by [Brian Niemeier, Marcelo Orsi Blanco, L. Jagi Lamplighter]

Brian Niemeier – Nethereal

The Sublime Brotherhood of Steersmen holds the Middle Stratum in its iron grip. Jaren Peregrine, last of the Gen, raids across fringe space with Nakvin—her captain’s best pilot and only friend, apprentice steersman Deim, and mercenary Teg Cross.

Hunted by the ruthless Master Malachi, Jaren and his crew join a conspiracy to break the Guild’s monopoly with an experimental ship. But when its maiden voyage goes awry, the Exodus flies farther off course than its crew could have imagined.

Morgon Newquist – Hellgate

As she uncovers her grandfather’s double life, his mistakes are coming back to stalk the neighborhood in the form of a vicious, shapeshifting beast. Thrust into a world of magic and monsters, Emilia is out of her depth.

Can she save the neighborhood? And do it without falling for the fae across the street?

Pure Poison (Purity Wellman Book 1) by [Hawkings Austin]

Hawkings Austin – Pure Poison

She died the first time in 1958, and the devil stole her soul on her front doorstep. After more than fifty years in Purgatory, she returns from the underworld. Her brother, who saved her from the devil and handed her to Hades, is supposed to be there to meet her. But he isn’t. Purity has to find her way in a new, overwhelming world she doesn’t understand. But there is still evil, supernatural evil, in the world, and that she understands all too well.

The devil’s work is never finished and the family business is never done.

Zombie Death Extreme: Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator by [Karina Fabian]

Karina Fabian – Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator

By the 2040s, the shambling dead have become an international problem. While governments and special interest groups vie for the most environmentally-friendly way to rid the world of zombies, a new breed of exterminator has risen: The Zombie Exterminator. When zombie exterminator Neeta Lyffe gets sued because a zombie she set afire stumbles onto a lawyer’s back porch, she needs money, fast. So she agrees to train apprentice exterminators in a reality TV show that makes Survivor look like a game of tag. But that’s nothing compared to having to deal with crazy directors, bickering contestants and paparazzi. Can she keep her ratings up, her bills paid and her apprentices alive and still keep her sanity?

The Widow's Son (Zarahemla Two Crows Book 1) by [Ryan Williamson]

Ryan Williamson – The Widow’s Son

Pass the bottle, stranger, and I’ll tell you a true story of a West that never was. A tale of the lawman Zarahemla Two Crows and his quest for the widow’s son that led him through the gates of Hell.

A story of the child’s young pioneer mother who joins Two Crows, and the vampire-hunting nun and cavalryman with his steed of steam and iron who come to their aid. A tale of a world where one needs a trusty six-gun at their side and an even greater trust in God to survive.

A graphic novel from Iconic Comics for the book boost!

Soulfinder: Demon's Match | IndieCron | THE INDIE HUB

Douglas Ernst and Timothy Lim – Soulfinder: Demon’s Match

Retter is the parish priest in the small, quiet town of Steepleton, Maryland. Assigned to the tiny locale despite his expertise in demonology and the occult, Retter is often called upon by county authorities to advise on matters with religious significance.

Things don’t stay quiet for long, as a series of related deaths imply that a great evil has been residing in Steepleton, waiting to arise. Father Retter isn’t alone. He is aided by a young detective and ultimately mentored by a mysterious figure who introduces Retter to an ancient, high order of exorcists known as the Soulfinders.

There you have it: The Great Halloween Book Boost!

Yes, not all of this is horror, per se, but there is plenty of magic and fighting evil to go around.

Enjoy!

SUPERVERSIVE: Pinkerton's Ghosts are Here - castaliahouse.com

Honorable mention – Pinkerton’s Ghosts

Not a book, but a horror podcast featuring short stories read like radio dramas

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