I recognize that I haven’t been posting regularly here. Haven’t had much writing related news to post, and there’s been a lot going on in my personal life. But here’s a quick update on the reading I’ve done recently.
I read three books by John Everson: COVENANT, SACRIFICE and REDEMPTION. It’s a trilogy, and the first introduces us to Joe Kieran, a reporter who has fled the big city (Chicago) to go to a small town where he longs for the type of real reporting he used to do. When a kid commits suicide, Joe sees the opportunity to investigate, but he is dissuaded by the powers that be in town and at the newspaper. It seems that the town has some sort of deal with a demon, and the deal requires the sacrifice of some teenagers. But there’s more to it, and as Joe investigates, he learns what’s really going on.
The next two books feature some of the same characters, but are really different stories. They talk about an invasion of our Earth by a demonic race. Lots of violence and sex, maybe too much. I felt the last was the weakest of the bunch. These were horror stories, and definitely not for everyone.
I followed up by reading K.D. Kinney’s post-apocalyptic story, HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM: FIRST SEASON UNDERGROUND. This was originally released as a serial, but I read the combined edition. In this one, humans are herded into underground bunkers to avoid the extreme weather. We learn that man has learned to control the weather, and subsequently turned that control over to an AI. Now the AI has decided to exterminate humankind, and all that’s left are the people in these bunkers.
This was a very good story and was a take that I haven’t seen or read elsewhere, though I have heard that others have done something similar. I cared about the main characters almost right away. I’m looking forward to the second “season.”
Then I finished CHILD OF MINE by V.J. Chambers. This one was a psychological thriller where a mom (who happens to be retired from the FBI as a profiler) starts to suspect her borderline-autistic son of the killing of some young women. The evidence seems to mount up as she investigates, and there’s a cop who would like nothing better than to hurt her and won’t stop at doing so through her son.
This one is really good as well. I had a hard time putting it down, needing to know who the culprit was, if not her son Simon (who I was pretty sure was innocent). Well written and solidly plotted, I was almost disappointed to reach the end of the story.
So that’s it for now. I recommend the last two without reservation, and I recommend Everson’s stories for anyone who likes so-called “erotic horror.”