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Traveling Horror Novels

Carl wishes he had a good book right about now.

These past few months have been intense, and have left me little time or opportunity to sit at this computer and drum up a post for this here blog of mine. My family and I have been wrapping up our lives in Seattle and wading through the sticky mess that is a cross-country move. We are relocating to North Carolina, but are currently traveling around the west coast visiting friends and family and soaking up as much of their love as we can before we begin the next chapter of our lives.

Speaking of chapters…

Through all this traveling around, I have managed to read some great horror novels that deserve some attention. There is an underlying theme of transit and/or displacement in all these books, which probably made them especially immersive for me. Thus the title of this post: Traveling Horror Novels.


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The Girl With All The Gifts was quite incredible. It managed to pull you into the little, passionate soul of the main character before revealing her tragic situation. Do you enjoy survival horror but are sick of the same old tropes? Try this one. I highly recommend that you do not read any spoilers of this book beforehand. Just read it.


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The Girl on the Train had an intimacy in its writing that pulled me into the main character immediately. The story definitely borrows a bit from Hitchcock’s Rear Window, but within a suffocating sphere of depression, alcoholism, loneliness and desperation, this voyeuristic murder mystery definitely stands on its own.


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If you are looking for something a bit lighter, faster, even a bit manlier…pick up The Wayward Pines trilogy. I had a lot of fun reading these books; I finished them obscenely fast. They are available as Kindle Unlimited titles if you have that option, or you can get the whole series for six bucks. I was delighted by the town’s hidden workings, and found the sci-fi elements of the plot pretty damn fascinating. The books stayed consistent throughout the series, and the last one left me wanting more. I even had to delve a bit into some Kindle Worlds fan fiction on this one to get my fix. Addictive story line.

Horror Fiction: Derek’s Beginning | Ginger Musings

copyright Paul Mutton 2005
just like murder.

“Snuffing out a human was like blowing a dandelion apart.”

It’s Fiction Friday! Here is a delightful flash of horror fiction from the Ginger Musings site and author Brett Charles Milam: read Derek’s Beginning.


Knifepoint Horror

Knifepoint Horror Podcast

Knifepoint Horror Podcast

When I toss and turn at night in the throes of life’s mundane worries, I need someone to speak directly into my ear and spin me a tale so engrossing and terrifying that all my daily anxieties scuttle away in fear. I reach for my iphone and headphones and search for “horror stories” and attempt to find something other than Knifepoint Horror, as I have heard them all so many times, but I usually come back because I need the good shit, and The Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft on Librivox.org just won’t cut it. While I can drift off to the softly disturbed selections at Pseudopod (delightful podcast–do check it out) when life has been keeping its foot out of my ass, it too lacks the brain-curling intrigue I need when things are dark and fucked; when I just need to hear something even darker and more fucked up than I’m feeling inside.

Here is the description from itunes:

These tales of supernatural suspense adhere to the most primal element of storytelling: a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them without adding the stylish techniques which dilute, stretch, and burden horror fiction with unnecessary detail. Here you will find no entry into the thoughts of any characters other than the narrator’s, no standard passages of dialogue, no humor, no romance, no profanity, no extraneous gore. The stories, stripped of even proper titles, spill forward as taut, uninterrupted confessions. Knifepoint Horror leaves nothing but the story’s riveting spine to compel and chill you to the core. ‘The Complete Knifepoint Horror’, a book containing the entire text of this podcast, is available through Amazon as an inexpensive print or e-book edition. Copyright 2007, 2010, 2012 by Soren Narnia. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Twitter: @SorenNarnia


Yep. I’d say that about sums it up. One important note: Listen to it with headphones. Preferably alone, in the dark, and not doing anything else. Except maybe smoking or drinking warm beer. I tried to share it with my husband on a long car trip and it just didn’t work. The sound was all muddy, the world was speeding by, and it was very difficult to follow the story. They are all pretty great, but a few of my favorites are Town and Trail. Oh, and School!

So listen to it tonight, in bed, and feel your worries wash away. Of course, those worries may be replaced by an overwhelming feeling of dread and fear but hey–at least you won’t be fretting about your hefty electric bill!

Check out www.soren-narnia.com for info on this fabulous writer and his many other delicious words.