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Three on a Theme: Horror

Posted October 20, 2021 2:15 p.m. EDT

Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

Matt recommends The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell by Brian Evenson
Brian Evenson hits the sweet and terrifying "scary spot' so easily and so often. I can still mistake each story for a fluke, though, and be amazed each time (can't I?). His writing is cold indeed, so very precise and scientific, so spare. Each story is a tiny masterpiece, he just floors me. It's not possible to be better than his previous SONG FOR THE UNRAVELING OF THE WORLD - my firm belief - but this is its equal in many ways: often not of this Earth at all. More, please, sooner.

Mexican Gothic

Kaley recommends Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Noemí Taboada, a lively young socialite from Mexico City, receives a disturbing letter from her cousin; Catalina claims that her life is in danger and pleads for rescue. Noemí travels to the countryside to visit Catalina in her new husband’s ancestral home, the remains of a once-prosperous English silver mine. Things at High Place are not what they seem, and Noemí finds herself enmeshed in a tangled web of terror and violence. Can there be a realistic explanation, or is it possible that the house is truly haunted?
Mexican Gothic ticks many of the boxes for a captivating gothic horror story while also highlighting the scars - literal and figurative - left behind by colonialism. Fans of the Brontës, The Haunting of Hill House, and The Yellow Wallpaper are sure to find enjoyment in this.

Final Girl Support Group

tee recommends The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
A super fun mystery suspense for fans of slasher flicks. Long-time followers of the genre will delight in references to classics and twists on old tropes. I didn't predict either killer (although one of them I was kicking myself over because I really should have seen it coming). Hendrix's wit and dark humor bring a delightful take to the genre.

BONUS NOT-YET-RELEASED

You Feel It Just Below the Ribs

Bud recommends You Feel It Just Below the Ribs by Jeffrey Cranor & Janina Matthewson (out 11/16/21)
Growing up in a post-apocalyptic world, Miriam just wanted to be left alone to focus on herself and her work. Having thoroughly isolated herself from contact & dependence on family, friends, and the world around her, Miriam comes to the attention of the world leaders who are looking to re-write the rules of society and social conduct. At first, Miriam throws herself into her work teaching the world at large how to live “alone.” Then, she discovers a darker purpose behind her work. Everything is thrown into chaos. Co-creators of the podcast Within The Wires, Cranor and Matthewson have set the foundation for a radical take on balancing the desires & needs of the individual against that of the world.

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