I’ve been writing something that I’d classify as “horror”. It’s got some thriller elements, and there isn’t much supernatural about it, but I think it’s sort of frightening.
So I’ve been reading a bunch of horror as well.
Recently I have read GRAB by Blake Crouch, which was more of a thriller than horror. I liked it. I met the main character, Letty Dobesh, in a collaborative effort between Crouch and J.A. Konrath, but I can’t exactly come up with the title. Just a lot of serial killers in it. But this is a heist tale, a story about ripping off some scary people in Vegas. It was good. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, it clipped right along.
I also read two books by John Everson, who I had not read before. The first was called The 13th, and it was about a series of kidnappings of women for something nefarious. I found it to be a good story that seemed fresh and original to me. It did seem a bit drawn out, maybe a little overly wordy, but all in all, I really liked it.
I also read Night Where, which I also found to be quite original. And a little drawn out as well, but I realize that Everson has a way with characters. He creates characters that you want to find out more about. This was a haunting read. I thought about it when I’d put the book down. The subject matter (it’s set in a bondage and submission club) is a little out there for folks who don’t read horror regularly.
I found these to be entertaining stories, different from those of William Malmborg, where the horror is in realistic people, serial killers and crazies who terrorize innocents for their own purposes. (More like mine. I don’t know how well I write “supernatural”…)
We’ll see what else comes up as I get through more horror.