First off, I’m not sure I’m completely comfortable labeling the following novels “the best of 2012”. When compiling a list of top 10 horror films of the year, it’s easy to narrow the selection group down to 50 or so candidates. Not so with horror novels. In the wake of the e-reader, the number of horror fiction titles released each year has swelled into the thousands. And while most of those novels aren’t necessarily good, there are dozens that are. Considering the varying marketing and distribution methods, it’s literally impossible to catch up with all the greatness out there.
But in my defense, I am a voracious reader, and a longtime fan of horror fiction. If anything, let the following 10 entries serve as a list of humble recommendations from a man who has sampled the goods in 2012. I’m certain many of our readers have read more books than I have, and better books than I have. And I’d especially like to thank you guys, the readers who read and discuss the book and comic reviews. Drop your favorite fiction titles of the year in the comments if you get a chance. It’s gift card season and daddy needs a new pair of hardbounds. READ MORE
I’m sure plenty of our readers are familiar with Chelsea Cain’s series of gory psychological thrillers featuring pill-popping detective Archie Sheridan and seductive serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Sadly, I was late to the party. After stumbling across a few of her short stories earlier this year, I finally sought out Cain’s wickedly addictive series. Meanwhile, a rabid fan base has been soaking up Cain’s novels since 2008, when the first book in the series, Heartsick, was released. Cable station FX, knowing a hot commodity when they see it, recently began developing a television series based on the Sheridan/Lowell novels. The fifth book in the series, Kill You Twice, was released on August 7 from Minotaur Books. I tore through it like butter. Existing fans will not be disappointed, and new fans…well, now you’ve got another entry to look forward to. The full review follows. READ MORE
Christopher Golden is on a roll. The editor of 2010’s much-beloved zombie anthology The New Dead––as well as last year‘s The Monster’s Corner––is doubling-down on zombie action with 21st Century Dead, one of the most highly anticipated horror collections of the year. Golden has compiled an impressive cast list of authors for this one, including John Skipp, Brian Keene, Caitlin Kittredge, and even a couple of folks from the television industry, like Amber Benson from Buffy, and Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy. These 19 never-before-published zombie stories are penned by a fascinatingly diverse array of top-shelf talent not commonly seen in today’s horror anthologies. 21st Century Dead hit American bookstores yesterday. Read on for the full review. READ MORE