More 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For! (July-Dec)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Back in mid-December 2016, I did a very popular post called 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For. That was a fun list to put together, but it only covered January through June of 2017!  So here is the second edition of this post, put together just to cover upcoming science fiction  and horror releases for July through December of 2017. And of course this time the list isn’t just from me! (Covers lead to Goodreads.)

This post topic was brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Note from Gracie:There were quite a few on the yearly coming out list that are making me drool and making my wallet cringe. Because I wants them my precious…. I have to be upfront about this. There are quite a few from Crystal Lake Publishing in this but it’s not a paid for endorsement in any way. I love anthologies and, let’s be honest, they put out some great ones.

 

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More 2017 Science Fiction & Horror Novels to Look For

Book cover for an Oath of Dogs

An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner – Published by Angry Robot | Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 4th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller

An Oath of Dogs Synopsis: Kate Standish has been on Huginn less than a week and she s already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. But extractions corporations dominate the communities of the forest world, and few are willing to threaten their meal tickets to look too closely at corporate misbehaviour. The little town of mill workers and farmers is more worried about the threat of eco-terrorism and a series of attacks by the bizarre, sentient dogs of this planet, than a death most people would like to believe is an accident. When Standish connects a secret chemical test site to a nearly forgotten disaster in Huginn s history, she reveals a conspiracy that threatens Standish and everyone she s come to care about.”

 

 

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Moon Beam by Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye – Published by Baen – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 4th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Of Interest: Middle Grade Novel

Moon Beam Synopsis: What happens when you get the one thing you wanted most in life? Lonely 16-year-old farm girl Barbara Winton has been following one reality show for years. Then in an instant she goes from fangirl to participant when the call comes from Dr. Keegan Bright: She’s been selected out of a horde of applicants to join him on the Moon.

She’ll be one of his Bright Sparks, six students with expertise in STEM and plenty of their own ingenuity chosen to work with Dr. Bright and given big responsibilities to undertake new projects important to the growth of the colony. Her first task? Build a radar telescope using an entire crater on the far side of the Moon.

But Barbara soon learns that life on a burgeoning frontier outpost like the Moon is a far cry from safe, civilized Earth. The loner from farm country must find a way to weld a functional team out of fiercely independent thinkers. Not only are they a bit trickier to work with than farm robots, not only is the working environment incredibly dangerous—she also has to perform this miracle in front of millions of fans….

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The Devil’s Colony by Bill Schweigart – Published by Random House Hydra – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 11th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror

The Devil’s Colony Synopsis: Ben McKelvie had a good job, a nice house, a beautiful fiancée . . . until a bloodthirsty shapeshifter took everything away. Ever since, he’s been chasing supernatural phenomena all across the country, aided by dedicated zoologist Lindsay Clark and wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance.

Now they face their deadliest challenge yet. In the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a man named Henry Drexler operates a private compound called Välkommen, which is Swedish for “welcome.” Indeed, Drexler welcomes all visitors—so long as they’re racists, neo-Nazis, or otherwise in cahoots with the alt-right. But Drexler is no mere Hitler wannabe. Once he was Severance’s mentor, and his research may well have summoned a monster to the Pine Barrens.

To find out the truth, Ben and Lindsay must enter the camp incognito. There, under the watchful eyes of Drexler’s bodyguards and sociopathic son, they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart.

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Dark Light: Dawn by Jon Land (Created by Fabrizio Baccardi) – Published by Forge Books – Picked by GK

Expected Release Date: July 24th, 2017 (Hardcover) – August 1st, 2017 (Kindle edition)

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Dark Light: Dawn Synopsis: With an uncanny ability to survive any combat situation, Max Younger has built a good life for himself as a Navy SEAL. That is, until a rogue rescue operation plunges him back into the past he thought he’d escaped forever.

Waiting for him back home in New York are terrible, long-hidden truths rooted in the tragic death of his father. But the origin of those truths lie further back than that, and Max finds himself ensnared in a sinister plot involving nothing less than the biblical apocalypse.

The explosive conflagration of events reunites him with the only woman he ever loved: Victoria Lewin, a brilliant expert in infectious disease who may be the only one who can stop the spread of a deadly pestilence threatening the planet. Max’s reunion with Vicky comes amid a firestorm being unleashed by forces that date back to the very origins of the universe.

Across the globe, the stage is being set for a final, epic confrontation between the forces of good and evil. Sides are chosen, a fearsome army rises, and the lines between science and superstition become increasingly blurred. Max desperately seeks to discover whether he is fated, under the shadow of the Medusa Strain, to help save the world . . . or destroy it.

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Bone White by Ronald Malfi – Published by Kensington – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: July 25th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Horror

Bone White Synopsis: A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .

Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims graves, in remote Dread s Hand, Alaska.
It s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.
But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.
And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. . .

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Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter – Published by Harper Voyager – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: August 1st, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Noumenon Synopsis: With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series, the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and told through echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, this is a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy—is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated “Convoy Seven”) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

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Book cover for VOlkVolk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination by David Nickle – Published by ChiZine Publications – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: August 27th, 2017

Genre: Horror

Volk Synopsis: At the dawn of the twentieth century in the Idaho logging town of Eliada, orphaned farm boy Jason Thistledown and black physician Andrew Waggoner came face to face with monsters: the human sort, in the form of American eugenicists seeking to perfect the human race through breeding and culls; and the inhuman, a parasitic species named Juke, that lived off the hopes, dreams, and faith of humanity, even as it consumed it from within.

The year is 1931 . . .

In a remote valley in the Bavarian Alps, the Germanic students of those eugenicists seek to uncover the secret of the Juke and the promise of the Übermensch. In Paris, Dr. Andrew Waggoner enters his third decade of unravelling the mystery of the elusive organism. Jason Thistledown, now a veteran pilot of World War I, gets ready to embark on a new career flying mail and passengers in North Africa and, he hopes, forget the profound horrors that have shaped him.

Soon, they will all have to reckon with one other: a terrible synthesis of those horrors, which moves among humanity with an inexorable and terrible purpose—obliterating and reshaping that humanity until there is only one thing left:

Die volks.

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Cover Coming SoonThe Ghost Club by William  Meikle – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: September of 2017

The Ghost Club Synopsis: A Victorian supernatural short story collection from Crystal Lake Publishing. As you can see, information on this title is a bit scanty at this time so I will be updating as more becomes available. It caught my eye because of the Victorian era angle on the supernatural short story stood out. Also, The Ghost Club is a story by John Kendrick Bangs in 1894. William Meikle is very good at pastiches of other books from the era (Carnacki: Heaven and Hell) so I’m interested to see what will come of this book.I promise to give a proper synopsis when it becomes available.

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Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns – Published by Saga Press – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: October 31st, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi

Of Interest: GLBT pairings

Barbary Station Synopsis: Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’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.

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

Adda and 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, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds. There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough.

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Book cover for Terminal AllianceTerminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines – Published by DAW – Picked by LG

Expected Release Date: Nov 7th, 2017 | Preorder on Amazon

Genre: Sci-Fi Comedy

Terminal Alliance Synopsis: The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.

 

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Bonus Time!

These books were included on the list because we couldn’t NOT mention them, but for various reasons they didn’t meet the criteria to be listed in the proper list above.

Twice Upon an Apocalypse: Lovecraftian Fairy Tales – Various – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: Today! (May 30th)  — This looks so awesome we had to include it, even though it doesn’t fall within the publishing range. Unfortunately, one of the problems when trying to find stuff from smaller presses is that they don’t have their ‘coming soon’ lists out as far in advance as the bigger publishers do. But we were happy to get this!

Genre: Lovecraftian Horror

Of Interest: Re-Imagined fairy tales, Lovecraftian Horror

Twice Upon an Apocalypse  Synopsis: These aren’t your mother’s fairy tales.

Throughout history parents have told their children stories to help them sleep, to keep them entertained. But we’re pretty sure none of those parents had this in mind. These are the fairy tales that will give you and your children nightmares. From the darkest depths of Grimm and Anderson come the immortal mash-ups with the creations of HP Lovecraft.

These stories will scare and delight ‘children’ of all ages!
• Introduction by Gary A Braunbeck
• “The Pied Piper of Providence” by William Meikle
• “The Three Billy Goats Sothoth” by Peter N Dudar
• “Little Maiden of the Sea” by David Bernard
• “The Great Old One and the Beanstalk” by Armand
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• “In the Shade of the Juniper Tree” by JP Hutsell
• “The Horror at Hatchet Point” by Zach Shephard
• “The Most Incredible Thing” by Bracken MacLeod
• “Let Me Come In!” by Simon Yee
• “The Fishman and His Wife” by Inanna Arthen
• “Little Match Mi-Go” by Michael Kamp
• “Follow the Yellow Glyph Road” by Scott T Goudsward
• “Gumdrop Apocalypse” by Pete Rawlik
• “Curiosity” by Winifred Burniston
• “The Ice Queen” by Mae Empson
• “Once Upon a Dream” by Matthew Baugh
• “Cinderella and Her Outer Godfather” by CT Phipps
• “Donkeyskin” by KH Vaughan
• “Sweet Dreams in the Witch-House” by Sean Logan
• “Fee Fi Old One” by Thom Brannan
• “The King on the Golden Mountain” by Morgan Sylvia
• “The Legend of Creepy Hollow” by Don D’Ammassa
So what makes this Lovecraftian Fairy Tales anthology special?
William Meikle: Lovecraft was working on stirring some base emotions in the reader, asking us to reflect on the depth and wonder of the Universe around us. Fairy tales, whether from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or from the oral tradition are a similar means of tapping into something old and primal, and a fusion of both gives us added insight into how archetypes and myth might evolve in an age where the most frightening thing is ourselves.
Armand Rosamilia: The mashup of Lovecraft and fairy tales blended together way too easy. It makes you wonder… Reading through these stories you can see how the two parallel and fit nicely together, especially since the base for Cthulhu mythos and fairy tales are so dark and have that underlying gloom to them.

Why should readers give this horror anthology a try?
Armand Rosamilia: If you love fairy tales or Lovecraft or horror or reading or… There are so many levels to this anthology. So many stories you’ll read and then go back to read the original fairy tale to gain a new perspective on what you remember (or thought you remember) as a child. I went back and read all of the original tales and was a bit creeped out. Adding Lovecraft to the mix only makes it better!

 

 

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Whispered Echoes by Paul F. Olson – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: June 23rd, 2017 (It was so close to the cut-off we had to include it.)

Genre: Horror Collection

Whispered Echoes Synopsis: An ancient voice speaks from the depths of a long-forgotten cave…

As a violent storm rages overhead, the scratching sounds begin in the cellar below…

A man inherits the family talent, but what price does that legacy demand…?

A return to the family homestead brings overwhelming memories, but the darkest memory of all still waits in the ravine out back…

An unassuming tourist quietly strolls through town, leaving devastation in his wake…

A late-night call from an abandoned camp brings a frightened cop face-to-face with his darkest fears…

A wild joyride ends with a surprise reunion and an encounter with the impossible…

A man searches for answers at an abandoned lighthouse and uncovers an unspeakable past…

Listen closely. You can hear them. The whispered echoes of your darkest fears. In this stunning new collection, Paul F. Olson delves into the quiet heart of terror. Featuring eleven long out-of-print tales from the ’80s and ’90s, and the debut of “Bloodybones,” a brand new novella of loss, longing, and chilling horror. With a foreword by Chet Williamson and an introduction by the author, Whispered Echoes abounds with subtle shivers that linger long after the last page is turned.

 

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Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Sub-genre edited by Michele Brittany

Expected Release Date: August 20th, 2017

Genre: Non-Fiction

Of Interest: Movie study and Analysis

Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Sub-genre Synopsis: In sharp contrast to 1960s cinema which created an idolized view of space exploration, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) redefined filmic horror by terrifying audiences with the oppressive nature of space. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror films set in the great unknown, while also inspiring genre filmmakers to take Earth-bound franchises like Leprechaun and Friday the 13th to space. This unique collection of essays analyzes the space horror sub-genre and its rise as a cinematic phenomenon since the 1950s. With a focus on films including Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires, John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars, and numerous others, these essays provide a historical retrospective of the genre’s cinematic journey and an in-depth examination of how genre filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion, and supernatural phenomenons to terrify audiences within the confines of space.

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Cover Coming SoonTales of the Lake: Volume 4 by Various – Published by Crystal Lake Publishing

Expected Release Date: October

Again, not much is known about this title yet and I will update as it comes. I wanted to bring it to your attention because I’ve read volumes 1 and 3 and they were both very solid, good anthologies so I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this volume.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland – Published by William Morrow

Expected Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy

The Rise and Fall of DODO Synopsis: When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.Small Sci-Fi and Scary Divider

Well, there’s our list of books we’re looking forward to for the last half of the year. Where’s yours?! Go on, share!

 

Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this Top Ten Tuesday, the ladies at Broke and Bookish told us to think Summer. Now, they mentioned Summer/Beach reads, but we couldn’t help going in the movie direction. If you have a good imagination, you could easily bring these to life in your head. However, we’d prefer to see them done with a big budget on the big screen! These are sci-fi and horror books that would make awesome Summer Blockbusters.


Summer Blockbusters: The Sci-Fi & Horror Books That Could

 

Assassin’s Code (Joe Ledger #4) by Jonathan Maberry – When I started thinking about this topic, I knew a Joe Ledger book would inevitably end up on the list. The question was which one. Honestly, it was a toss up between Assassin’s Code and The Dragon Factory. While the later books have plenty going for them, these two books stand out for some of the ‘visuals’. Okay, well, Assassin’s Code stands out for the epic arse-kicking Joe Ledger gets at the end, but…  Anyways, with the sheer amount of fight scenes, the race against time to find the nuclear weapons, and Violin, Assassin’s Code would be one of the great book-to-film Summer Blockbusters. (review)

Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible – Okay, so in most people’s worldview, this probably wouldn’t qualify. However, I can guarantee you that there would be lots of us that would line up at the theaters to watch this multiple times. Seriously, with the amount of ‘splodin’ heads and stone monsters going Rambo, it would just be awesome. Of course, you’d need a lot of money to spend on the CGI, but hey, we could just hire Michael Bay! (review)Book cover for When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie

Scooby Apocalypse, Vol 1 by Keith Giffen – Hear me out on this! Yes, they’ve made Scooby movies in the past, and they’ve been less than successful, I know! BUT they haven’t made this Scooby movie! Imagine a world where Daphne kicks serious butt, Velma’s a slightly reformed Dr. Evil, and Shaggy’s a hipster? And actual baddies? Oh, please please please please please!

When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie – Alright, I’m going to admit up front that this one would take some serious work for the film adaptation. It would need either completely updated in terms of timeframe, or they’d have to find a way to make us not fall over laughing at the shuttle if they do the retro-look. However, one of the signatures of Summer Blockbuster films is that the world is at risk. That, and there should be at least one epic destruction scene involved. Well, this book gives you allllll that and more! Perfect Summer Blockbuster material! (review)

Biblical by Christopher Galt – Coming right on the heels of When Worlds Collide, we have Biblical. Biblical would take some CGI magic to make certain scenes transition well, but it would be so worth it! This even already has that perfect WTF ending that will leave you yelling at the screen, and yet strangely pleased. Like all the books I’ve recommended for Summer Blockbusters, it’s not a particularly deep book, but it is a fun one. And while it might not get near Inception-level screwiness, if done right, it could still cause at least a few brain cells to get a work out! (review)


GracieKat’s Choices:

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft – I know there have been a few Lovecraft movies but they vary wildly in quality and quantity. In fact, it’s more common to find successful movies that use his themes than it is to find a decent movie directly from his writings. I think with a bit of tweaking to the narration heavy story and some decent effects this could make an awesome monster-fest of cosmic proportions.

The Night Boat by Robert R. McCammon – I have always, always wanted to see this as a movie. A U-Boat sunk off the shore of a small Caribbean island, dislodged and brought to the surface make for a compelling story. Throw in a voodoo-cursed crew and this could be an awesome, action-packed, zombie hunting good time.

Rites of Azathoth by Frank Cavallo – With a few tweaks to Diana Mancuso’s character this could be one hell of a movie. It has great action scenes and a decent cast of characters. The ending alone I would love to kick back and cheer on with a bucket of popcorn and a few understanding friends that wouldn’t mind a little cheering and booing at appropriate times.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon – Whether it was made directly from the book or games it would be an awesome summer movie to take the kids to. Imagine a bunch of creepy, animatronic animals skulking in a dark, abandoned theme restaurant? Creepy to the max and a rip-roaring good fun for the whole family. Well, perhaps PG-13 and over family fun perhaps, depending.

The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert – Ok, you’re probably noticing a theme by now. This book though would make an excellent movie. From the top to the bottom. They could employ different styles throughout and with some awesome effects their ‘trip through’ at the end would be insanely awesome. And it would be one hell of a trip.

10 Sci-Fi & Horror Books We’d Give Our Moms

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Well, for Mother’s Day, Lilyn already did a post on Awesome Moms in Kidslit , but we think we still managed to pull together a pretty good post for Top Ten Tuesday. Instead of talking about moms in literature, we’re going to talk about literature we’d give our moms. And by that we mean the science fiction and horror books we’d give our moms, because we got our twisted glee in science fiction and horror from somewhere and they’re both to blame.

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 

 

 


Lilyn: So, my moms tastes are pretty similar to mine in a lot of ways. At least when it comes to horror, paranormal mysteries, and supernatural thrillers. I got her hooked on the Joe Ledger series, and now she buys the books before I do! Mother’s Day should be about giving your mom things you know she’d like, not things you want her to like, so I combed through my list and came up with 5 books I’ll end up buying my mom because I know she’ll love them.

  1. The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Series by Jodi Taylor – I get at least half of my sense of humor from my mom (the other half is a product of my own twisted life). She’s not nearly as sarcastic as I am, but I crack her up when I get going. So, I know she’ll love The Chronicles of St. Mary’s with it’s bawdy charm, British humor, and occasional kick in the feels. – Review
  2. Alien Contact for Idiots by Edward Hoornaert – So, before I read science fiction and horror, I read romances. And the reason I read romance books was because that was what my mom read, and I was a voracious little bookworm even as a kid. (Side note: Now that I have an 8 year old who is an advanced reader herself, I realize how truly odd I was as a kid. Wow.) Alien Contact for Idiots is a witty, hilarious romance, so I know my mom would get a kick out of this book. – Review
  3. The In Death series by J.D. Robb – I just realized I’ve never shoved these into my mom’s arms. I don’t know how she hasn’t read these yet! Gah! I am a bad, bad child because these are right up her alley. Yes, they’ve got a science fiction edge to them, but mom would love them for the romance and the ass-kicking. And in these books you can always count on the romance and ass-kicking. – Review
  4. The Devil You Know by Mike Carey – She’s as bad as I am for drooling over paranormal/supernatural-themed books and movies. I definitely got my love of ghosties and ghoulies from her. Combine the paranormal aspects with a good thriller featuring a sarcastic protagonist? I know she’ll love it. – Review
  5. The Dark Man by Desmond Doane – A very well-written series that, although it lacks the romance angle my mom likes, would appeal to her love of creepiness. It never ventures into gore, and it’s very atmospheric. Considering this is the woman who let me watch Poltergeist waaaaaaayyy too young, I wouldn’t be surprised if she went crazy over it and ordered the rest of the series. Review

 


GracieKat: My mom introduced me to Stephen King at age ten. Also a plethora of horror movies, just as long as I covered my eyes during sexy times. Blood, guts and the unorthodox use of a crucifix were fine but a little nookie? Nope. By the way, it wasn’t until I was about fourteen that I actually realized exactly what Reagan was doing with that…and instantly clenched my legs. So, safe to say, I got my love of horror from her. Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were my first forays and I’ve never really gotten over the addiction to short story collections.

  1. Pandora’s Children (Volumes One & Two) – Two great short story collections that while I was reading them I couldn’t help but want my mom to read them, too. They remind me quite a lot of early Stephen King short stories but not so imitative that they’re absolute copes. Fotoshop of the Gods is an excellent homage to King and I think she’d love them.
  2. Shadows in the Asylum – My mom likes uniquely formatted books as well and the layout of this book is interesting, laid out like a doctor’s file with clippings and diary entries. I would get her the physical book though. Part of the fun is feeling like they are real and the e-book version just doesn’t cut it.
  3. Heart-Shaped Box – As I said, my first horror that my mother and I shared was Stephen King was Stephen King so I really think she would at least like to give a book by his son a shot. Heart-Shaped Box is one of my favorites by him so I really think she would like it as well.
  4. House of Leaves – Another very unique book that I believe she would like very much. It seems rather daunting at first but she keeps eyeballing it so I’m guessing that one day I will get her a copy of her own.
  5. Shock Rock – Along with my love of horror my mother also was the first to awaken my interest in music. The radio was always on to the rock station when I was younger so I think she’d really like this book. It has a mix of two of the things we both love best.

To Whom It May Concern: The Wistful Readers Wishlist

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday the topic was to talk about our reading wishlist. Not specific titles or anything like that. No, this is more concerned with things that we’d like to see more of in the books that we read. This was an interesting one to think about because lately when we’ve been reading, it has been case of wanting ‘more’ of something. Now we have a chance to directly address it without ragging on any one book in particular.

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 

 


The Wistful Readers Wishlist

I want more mental health diversity in my science fiction and horror books. There have been a handful I read where a character’s mental makeup had a significant impact on the series, and I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for all sorts of diversity in what I read, but I really want to see more authors tackling the effects of mental disabilities and illnesses on a plot line without them being the cliche.

I want more science fiction for young readers! Trying to find more than a handful of books for my eight year old to read in the science fiction genre (which she loves) is a colossal pain in the butt. It seems like its comic books, House of Robots, or nothin’. And for kids younger than that? Hah! You get the token robot book every now and then.

I want more graphic novels like the Saga series. They’re not super-heroes, they’re not even regular heroes, and they’re flawed without being tragic. They’re all smart-asses, the lot of them, and the quips have me snorting in inappropriate places. Also they’re written for adults. These aren’t books that have an ageless appeal. These are books that will have you slamming the cover shut if your kid tries to peek over your shoulder. And that’s fun.

I want more books where the bad guy wins. I don’t get this obsession people have with ‘happy endings’. Sometimes its more fun if the protagonist doesn’t survive. If good doesn’t triumph over evil. Sometimes you want to watch someone try desperately to save the world, and the world burn anyways!

I want more science fiction and horror by non-English writers. My recent foray into Mexican science fiction made it clear that it’s not easy to find work from other countries. Not only do I want a chance to read it personally, but I want to start highlighting work from these writers on the site. I just have to find them first!

I want more post-apocalyptic books where humans aren’t the real monsters. C’mon, y’all, can we please bring the scary back? I read to escape the fact that humanity is a bucket of bodily waste fermenting in the sun. Give me scary actual monsters, please!


I would like to see less ambiguous horror. Sometimes I just like a straight up good vs. evil battle to the end. Whatever the end may be. It doesn’t necessarily have to be good always wins in the end but sometimes it’s nice for the battleground to be clear.

I would also like to read a thriller now and then that has decent detectives. I mean ones who aren’t drunks (yet still somehow manage to be brilliant), are incompetent and unhinged but somehow miraculously able to pull the case together because they’re just that good.

I’d like to see anthologies that are based on source material that stays a little closer to the source material. Sometimes it feels like some authors take the opportunity to just dump some random crap into it without any thought or referencing it in any meaningful way.

Please, please more anthologies or books using the King in Yellow. I love the original stories. The books and stories are usually better than the original source so I would like to see more, please.

This is more of a book/YouTube/Audible thing but I’d like better readings of older material. I love classic horror and with so many new/old ones being re-printed all the time I’d love to see more professionals tackle them. LivreVox has some good ones but they stick mostly to the more well-known ones and the quality varies from reader to reader.

Thus concludes our Wistful Reader Wishlist.

What about you? What is on your list?

Horror – Beauty of the Beast

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This isn’t exactly an official Top Ten Tuesday list. Lilyn had that covered with her sexy lemur and lizard people so there was very little for me to add. However, since I can’t help but throw in my two cents (or a severed limb or two) I thought I’d make a sort of companion piece to hers.  The horror genre needs a little eye candy itself from time to time, since said eyes are usually squished or melted or something equally gooey. So enjoy a bit of human (or otherwise) flesh that isn’t twisted or bent out of shape but instead dark and beautiful. Since the broody figures that grace the covers of horror tend to be all by their lonesome (I guess it’s hard to cuddle when your other half has been eaten by a werewolf)  I’ve separated them into three women, three men and three with…different tastes. Plus a bonus one just for me. Enjoy!

(Covers lead to Goodreads)

Gory’s the New Sexy –  The Lethal Ladies

        

Come to the Cemetery – I like the red against the crypt in the back. It might be a bit simple and the cloak a bit Red Riding Hood but it stands out nonetheless.

Children of Roen – I honestly couldn’t help myself. The wings and clothing are so fluid looking that they enhance the beauty of the sole figure on the cover. It looks a bit lonely and bleak.

The Dead House – The cover links to a different cover. The cover shown was for a preview version but the official cover is so plain I honestly don’t understand why they got rid of this beauty for the current cover.

 

Try to Understand, He’s a Magic Man

(Please someone get that reference so I don’t feel too old. Pretty please?)

         

Carnacki: Heaven and Hell – I’ll freely admit I have a bit of a crush on the character of Carnacki. While this isn’t exactly how I pictured him but it’s fairly close (if you’re curious I pictured him a bit more rugged and clean-shaven…where was I again? Oh yeah, ahem, back to the list).

Arson  Mr. Arson certainly has a ‘smoldering’ look to him but if he can’t control the fire at his fingertips, things might get a little…warm in certain areas.

Critique – I honestly put this in just so I could make this joke: Christian Gray called, he wants his mask back. Lame, I know but I’m so glad to have gotten it off my chest to inflict on all of you. You’re welcome. Could’ve been worse. I could have made a Yu-Gi-Oh! joke and totally revealed my complete nerdiness.

Creepy Characters Need Love Too

           

Aberrations – Even though almost all of these characters are alone, this guy can take care of himself. And that’s all I’m going to stay about that.

Beckon the Dark – Even though they have each other I’m sure her hair can take on whatever evil may befall them.

Beneath – Even though it’s a little hard to see what the guy actually looks like under the hood, the tongue brings up so many possibilities. I’ll let you guys figure them out.

 

Last but not least…

Oh c’mon, you knew I’d work him in somewhere. The Elder Gods need some lovin’ too. Although I’d rather not imagine the mechanics of that.

 

I’d love to see some horror covers that get your hearts racing (or at least elicit an appreciative whistle). Feel free to link to your posts or just drop a Goodreads link in the comments section if you want! 

Sci-Fi Romance: Sexy Alien Love Covers

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Several months back, I was talking with Donna from Chocolate’n’Waffles and she accused me of the main draw to my site being sexy aliens. That I was wantonly posting pictures of hot naked aliens to get everyone’s attention. Well, we had a good laugh about it and that was it. And then it came up again more recently. So… when I saw that Broke and Bookish had a Cover Theme Freebie for the prompt this week… Well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. That’s right, folks, I spent hours scouring the web to find you the absolute best alien romance covers I could find. By the time I was done, I had a twitch in one eye that lasted about an hour and a strong urge to go scrub my brain out, but I did it!

Now, one might think I’m mocking this subgenre, but consider this… My favorite comfort read is an alien x human romance novel called Knight of a Trillion Stars . The only reason it’s not on this list is the cover was too ‘normal’.

And after hours spent looking at alien romance book covers, I’ve only got one thing to say:  What’s with all the blue aliens? Seriously? Some of y’all had crushes on the Smurfs growing up, didn’t you?!

(Covers lead to Goodreads)

Sexy Alien Love Covers

Book cover for Barbarian's Lady Book cover for The Last Hour of GannBook cover for Venmous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barbarian’s Lady – Actually kind of sweet, all things considered. And the cracks she could make about him being “horny”. More sweet than sexy alien, but a good start to this list.

The Last Hour of Gann – I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what this alien is supposed to be. I’m guessing some sort of lizard or snake alien? Whatever. With the way her hands drifting down, he’s going to be slithering all over her shortly.

Venomous – You gotta wonder what skin like that would feel like against yours. I mean, I like stroking snakes (shush!) but a massive body with that skin? And could you just..I mean..for one second think about the manly bits and ….yeah. That’d take ‘python’ to a whole new slang level.


Book cover for Alien MateBook cover for The Star KingBook cover for Hunted by Treaty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alien Mate – Hey, if hundreds of romance books starring normal humans can get away with just a pair of manly ripped abs on the cover, so can Alien Mate. Sexy alien abs are the same as sexy human abs. They’re just…blue. Look, we’re at 3 blue aliens and already in this list of covers. See why I made the crack about smurfs?!

The Star King – Well, freaky light eyes aside, this alien has a hell of a jawline and muscles so big he has to wrap string around them to keep them contained. Helllooo Nurse! King. Whatever.

Hunted by Treaty – Hey, the chick is the alien for once! I can dig that! And she’s sparkly. Imagine watching her dance? Sexy alien disco ball!


Book cover for Angel's LustBook cover for The Huntress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel’s Lust – Okay, truthfully the first thought that popped into my head when I saw this was wondering what happened when he got excited. Because if those wings started going when he got excited, then you’d want to initiate sexy time in a room with very high ceilings. ON the plus side, if it was really hot and your air conditioning went out, you could just give him Viagra and use him as your own personal ceiling fan.

The Huntress – I can’t say the fellow on this cover is particularly tempting. I mean, he looks truly reptilian and therefore cold-blooded, eh? I can’t imagine that making for good snuggles. And when it comes to tab A, slot B, probably a distinctly Popsicle feeling.

Renegade Orion – Sexy tattooed smurf! I wonder if he tastes like blue raspberry. Hey, I wonder if anyone has ever given their aliens a different ‘taste’. Could you imagine that? A planet filled with people of different candy-colors that tasted like candy?


Book cover for Imperfect Imperfect – This one gets points for the lemur-human hybrid on the cover. Nobody else had the balls to go full on half-prosimian! The black skin really is pretty, and he’d definitely age well, considering he’s already got gray hair! You takes what you can get, and if its half-lemur, well, you count your tail rings and consider yourself a lucky girl.

 

 

 

 

 


 

What about you? What are some of your favorite covers? Feel free to link to your own posts, or just give me the Goodreads links below!

Why We Won’t Read Your Book

Sci-Fi & Scary gets a lot of science fiction and horror review submissions. That’s awesome! We love supporting indie authors and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon. We even purchase indie author books independently on Amazon on a regular basis. Just because they look good. Hoooooowwwweeevvveeer, there are some things that make us seriously disinclined to accept your book for review (or get it on our own from Amazon). As this Top Ten Tuesday prompt was “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book” we thought we’d take advantage of it to create a list of our reasons we reject (or consider rejecting) many of the books. This is not limited to indie authors, either! Some of these mistakes have been made by well-known authors and have us groaning.

We aren’t going to name names in this post, and any covers that we use will be quick mock-ups done by us to get the point across. As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Why We Won’t Read Your Book


Misspellings on the cover or in the summary on the back
. We rarely see this happen on covers but it does happen. We understand not everyone can hire cover designers, so many choose to make their own covers. If you do – good for you. However, for the love of all things tentacled, please make sure you have someone spell check your cover.  And have at least two or three people read your summary! This one we see errors in all the time, and it’s a bit amazing, quite frankly. Especially on more well-known books.

 

 

 

Incorrect capitalization. Yes, it happens to the best of us. However, sometimes you only have one chance to catch someone’s attention. So you want to make sure that all aspects of your cover are on point, yes? If you can’t manage to keep with at least a consistent capitalization, we’re not going to waste our time reading the blurb/summary.

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords in the title section on Goodreads/Amazon. Right now we’re both at the point where if we see this when we’re looking at your book, we will flat out refuse to get it. This is a stupid practice that needs to stop immediately. Keyword tagging your title is tempting, but just don’t do it.

However, it’s not just in the title section, either. If you shove a bunch of keywords in a row right into where your blurb/summary goes instead of giving a proper summary, or any variation of that, it still doesn’t look good.

 

 

Breaking up a story into multiple parts to cash grab. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule. Every single one of us can think of series that go past the trilogy stage. But every one of us can also think of cases where it was completely unnecessary, and this often happens with indie authors who will parcel out their story into bite-sized chunks (sometimes larger) and often end them on massive cliffhangers. Sometimes right in the middle of the natural arc of one plotline.

 

 

Listing your book under inappropriate genres to get people to read it. If we see this, especially if we see a decidedly adult book in the children’s section, we will report it. Not gonna lie. If it’s obviously mislisted, neither of us have any problem taking the 2 seconds required to let the appropriate people know.  It’s just shady marketing. It goes without saying that we’re also never going to pick up your book. That one, or any other one we ever see under your name.

 

 

 

Nothing but praise on the back. Look, we think it’s fantastic that other published authors are willing to sing your book’s praises. Really. It’s awesome. However, that doesn’t bloody tell us what your book is about, does it?! We’ve seen this one happening more and more, especially on some big name writer’s books, and it’s enough to make us facepalm. This trend towards including the summary on super tiny type on the inside of the dust jacket has got to stop. Gah.

A second part to this – praise for *another* book from the same author. We don’t care about the praise Sassy Serpents got if we’re trying to find a summary for Withering Witches. You get us?

 

 

 

The attractive woman in a seductive/sexy pose cover. You know the ones. Your book is about a kick-ass female *insert profession* and … well, sex sells, right? So you slap a picture of an attractive female on the cover, give it a title and all that, and call it done.

For me (LG), sex sells if I’m wanting to read romance or erotica. Then, show me the boobs or the ripply abs or whatever other cliche you want to show me. I’m still going to be more interested in the actual stories within, but at least I’m not going to roll my eyes so hard that they threaten to stick pointing straight up and walk straight by your book.

 

 

 

Not paying attention to the site’s notices for reviewing. Especially when they’re clearly listed on the top of the “Request a Review” form. Y’all… YOU ALL. Seriously. I can’t even… Look, I’m going to take a second to rant about this. When a site has it clearly posted that they’re only accepting certain formats, and people continue to send them requests to review alternate formats, it’s bloody infuriating. I’ve gotten to the point where if I’m feeling nice that day, I might respond denying to review your book. Otherwise, I just ignore it.

It’s clearly posted in the widget on the right sidebar that we’re only accepting audiobooks for the science fiction submissions right now. It’s also stated right at the very top (in bold) on the request a review form. The form that everyone has to fill out to submit their books for review. And yet y’all keep sending me requests to review your mobi copies. No. Nope. Not happening. Nu-uh. You blew it.  */end mini-rant from LG*


Okay, that’s not all the reasons why we won’t read your book, but it’s the major ones.

What about you, what stops you from reading certain books?

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things That Get Us in the Mood (to Read)

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday, the theme was things that make us instantly want to read a book. There are lots of things that get us in the mood, but we’ve managed to narrow it down for you. (Mostly.) Note that this is a list from both Gracie and I but we’re not saying what belongs to whom. Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things That Get Us in the Mood (to Read)

 

Monsters (and I’m talking proper *creatures*, not vampires and werewolves, thank you!)

If you put a Megaladon, a gigantic Squid, or even just some part of a monster like it’s ferociously intent eyeballs on the cover… I’m sold! Gimme. Gimme gimme gimme gimme.


Demons (or Possession)

Book cover for The ExorcistI may be an atheist, but if you tell me someone’s immortal soul is in danger, and some do-gooder is gonna have to go toe-to-toe with Satan or one of his minions? Let me grab the popcorn and I’m there!


Haunted/Haunting (or Ghosts. Ghosts is a good word too.)

Demons are the ultimate scary, but there’s something deliciously shiver-inducing about a haunted house (or car. Or anything, really.) The creak of a floorboard, the faucets turning on suddenly, a dark figure looming behind you when you look in the mirror. It’s all good. (And by good I mean terrifying, of course.)

 


Lovecraft / Cthulhu (Coolthulhu!)

Book cover for The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn ProbertIf you didn’t expect Lovecraft or Cthulhu to show up on this list, then you obviously don’t know where you’ve ended up. And you might want to back away slowly. Lovecraft’s mythos is legend, Cthulhu is awe-inspiring, and that is all there is to say about that.

 

 


Spaceships

The book cover for We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. TaylorI know, I know, I’m a walking cliche, but I love going into a book knowing I can anticipate a good shoot-em-up happening in space.  In terms of things that get us in the mood to read, you can’t go wrong with a long, strong phallic symbol getting ready to wreck death and destruction on some alien scum! *cough* Or a cute story about an AI named Bob works for me too.

 


Hard

Book cover for Tau ZeroYes, right on the heels of talking about phallic symbols, I’m bringing the word hard into it. However, I’m talking about hard science fiction, of course. So if you thought otherwise, well, we should be friends. That’s all there is to that.


Anthologies

Book cover for Book of CthulhuJust to prove I’m not a lecherous female (most of the time), we’re back to playing it perfectly innocent. I’m always drawn to collections of short stories whether they’re by the same author or a variety of authors. If it’s an anthology that has the words ‘Haunted’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Lovecraft’, or ‘Cthulhu’ in the title then it’s instant attraction.

 

 


Plague/Virus/Infected

Book cover for The Laptev VirusOooh, there’s just something about those words that make me happy. I don’t need it to promise death and destruction upon the world, of course (shut up, Coolthulhu Crew). But a breath-taking thriller starring something that needs to be stopped just in the nick of time, preferably by a smart-aleck anti-hero? Mine mine mine mine mine mine! (FYI, Laptev doesn’t have an anti-hero, but it’s still a bloody good read.)


Shutter/Camera

Book cover for Shutter I love photography, so any time there’s a book with a horror or paranormal bent that involves cameras, I’m going to pick it up. I just have to. There’s not even a question about it. (I might pick it up and put it right back down after reading the back cover, but I am, at least, going to lift it from the shelf and cradle it gently whilst I peruse its prose.)

 


A Great Cover

Book cover for The Red TreeOkay, this isn’t a word or anything like that, but it’s true. There have been times when both of us have picked up a book we might normally not even look twice at just because the cover was so eye-catching. There are books I’ve carried home from the bookstore that I never end up reading, but I had to get it just because the cover was so shiny fantastically well-drawn or conceptualized.

The Most Unique Science Fiction and Horror Books We’ve Ever Read

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday’s prompt was an exciting one for us. Considering the variety we come across in reading science fiction and horror, it’s high time we acknowledge these stand-outs. Whether it be for plot or characters, you won’t be forgetting these unique science fiction or horror reads anytime soon.

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 

 

 


Lilyn’s Most Unique Science Fiction and Horror Reads

Book cover for Deathworld Title: Deathworld
Author: Harry Harrison
Genre: Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: The setting. The title of the book should give you a clue. On Pyrrus, everything – from the smallest animals to the very grass itself – is out to kill you. And yet humans are just too stubborn to go live somewhere else. Nature vs Man on an epic level.

Read the review.

 

 

 

Title: Apocalypse Cow
Author: Michael Logan
Genre: Horror / Comedy
It’s unique because of: The zombie cows. Seriously, zombie cows. “Forget the cud, they want blood.” Not only are they zombie cows, but they’re horny zombie cows.

Read the review.

 

 

 

Title: On the Edge of Gone
Author: Corinne Duyvis
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: A young female with autism is the main character in this science fiction novel. Other diverse elements included as well.

Read the review.

 

 

 

Title: Puppet Skin
Author: Danger Slater
Genre: Bizarro Horror
It’s unique because of: The premise itself. When kids reach a certain age, they get turned into living puppets. And then there are things that come from the wood. And a trip to somewhere unexpected, and we can’t tell you more without spoiling it, but you’ll definitely be wanting a strong stomach to read this at times.

Read the review.

 

 

 

Book Cover for the Manhattan Projects Vol 1Title: Manhattan Projects Vol 1
Author: Jonathan Hickman
Genre: Alternate History Science Fiction
It’s unique because of: Albert Einstein doubling as a barbarian badass. This is not the first book, nor will it be the last, to do alternate history with recognizable figures. However, it’s uniqueness lies it’s in its complete lack of giving a flying frog about respecting the reverence with which we traditionally treat major characters in science.

 

 

 

 


GracieKat’s Most Unique Horror Reads

Book cover for House of LeavesTitle: House of Leaves
Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
It’s unique because:  Besides the very different, twisty-turny format with the creative layouts it is also an interestingly multi-layered story. Part of it is told through an unreliable narrator, through meandering footnotes, transcripts of a tape that may or may not exist and letters.

 

 

 

 

Book cover for EntwinedTitle: Entwined – Tales from the City
Author: A.J. Armitt
It’s unique because: The book is a series of short stories with each successive story tying into the previous one via a character from the preceding story. Sometimes it’s the main character, other times it’s a side or a very minor background character. The tales are woven together very well. They also skim from realism, fantasy, fairy tale and straight up horror. It’s a mix that should not work together well, but they do.

As a side note, I was a little disappointed and is also one of the common perils of reading indie authors. The end previews a teaser for a sequel that, to my knowledge, hasn’t been written yet and I was very interesting to know where else it could go.

 

 

Book cover for Shadows in the AsylumTitle: Shadows in the Asylum
Author: D.A. Stern
It’s unique because: I like the way it was set up as a case file with diary entries, newspaper clippings, etc. The transcripts of Dr. Marsh and his patients are interesting in the way it shows his progression into madness and obsession but yet he remains (realistically) oblivious to it. I would recommend buying the physical book.

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Shock Rock ITitle: Shock Rock
Editor:  Jeff Gelb
It’s unique because: Even though metal and horror often walk hand in tattooed hand it’s very rare to find a novel or even short story linking the two together. It may be more common of late but when I first came across Shock Rock I was ecstatic. A book uniting my two greatest loves! Music and horror. Swoon! (There is also a Shock Rock II but in my opinion Shock Rock I is the better of the two. Not that Shock Rock II is terrible by any means, I just think the first is better.)

 

 

 

Book cover for Emo Bunny That ShouldTitle: The Emo Bunny That Should –  A Story for Demented Children
Author: John H. Carroll
It’s unique because: John H. Carroll’s Stories for Demented Children are a fun spin on the typical children’s books. They take a normal fairy tale type trope and spins it around. My son and I read these together and absolutely loved them. His favorite of the series was Zachary Zombie and the Lost Boy. Another favorite was The Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies.

 

 

 

 

It’s your turn! What are your most unique books? (They don’t have to be unique science fiction or horror!) Let us know!

Must-Have Wall Art for Classic Horror Fans

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we were asked to come up with something relating to fandoms. Unfortunately, neither of us really do that, so it felt nigh impossible. However, soon we realized there was something we both could talk about for hours. Horror; specifically old school horror. So (after a bit of time tossing ideas back and forth, we put together a partial list of jewelry for horror fans. Which somehow then morphed into decor for horror fans, which culminated in this list of must-have wall art for classic horror fans. Because sometimes the post wants what the post wants.

So you get 10 original works by 10 different artists from Etsy that deserve to be hanging on your horror-hound walls. Etsy has some surprisingly fierce horror art!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of the Broke and Bookish.

It probably shouldn’t need to be said, just because I’ve referenced the creator of each piece in the caption, and linked each piece back to it’s individual Etsy page…but… None of these are mine. I didn’t create them. I had nothing to do with them. I’m not receiving anything for posting them on here.


Must Have Wall Art for Classic Horror Fans

Painting of Kurt Barlow 2
$23 – Etsy – Xenovibes
Painting of Creature From the Black Lagoon by Evil Nerd Studios
$30 – Etsy – EvilnerdStudios
Styled Hellraiser Poster
$48 – Etsy – The Geekerie
Painting of The Shining
$54.32 – Etsy – Borganic
Picture of a Wolfman Drawing
$64.57 – Etsy – GingerGuyDraws
Painting of Herman Munster
$80 – Etsy – SelphRoadStudios
Painting of The Mummy
$85 – Etsy – Artisdumb
Evil Dead Painting by Retrosprays
$175 – Etsy – Retrosprays
Canvas painting of Vincent Price
$200 – Etsy – Mark Redfield
Painting of Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates
$300 – Etsy – MusicandMonsters

 

Lilyn: My favorite is either the Wolfman or Jack from the Shining. With the Wolfman, I think I’m just in awe of the amount of time that had to have went into that particular print. With Jack, it just looks so menacing… in a postcard way. Wouldn’t that make a great postcard to send to your friend in Florida or somewhere warm where it’s dead of winter and freezing where you live and they’ve taunted you about the warmth one too many times?? And rip off a Liam Neeson quote while you’re at it. “I will find you, and I will kill you.”

Gracie: I love The Mummy and I like the particular art style on the print. I like the color tones behind the Mummy, it really brings it out and the bandages look very detailed. (In case you can’t tell, Lilyn’s the one inclined to ramble.)

*If you are the artist of one of these works, and are offended by me linking it here, just send me an email at contact @ scifiandscary.com, and I’ll sadly take it down.*