Here are some Halloween horrors from Tim and Lex:
The Odds by Jeff Strand – A gambling addict takes part in a mysterious game that esssentially launches him on a scavenger hunt of increasingly dangerous tasks for money. If you liked the movies “13 Sins,” “Would you Rather,” or the Michael Douglas/David Fincher movie “The Game,” this one oughta do it for you.
John Dies at the End by David Wong – Bizarre, creepy, and hilarious. I don’t think any book has made me laugh out loud more than this one. I can’t give it a higher recommendation than that.
Straight Up Horror:
Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene – One morning, a darkness descends around the borders of a small Virginia town. Those who venture into the murk don’t come back. Very reminiscent of early Stephen King. As King himself tweeted, “If you liked THE MIST, try DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, by Brian Keene. Excellent short horror novel.”
Crawlspace by Dan Padavona – More known for his serial killer thrillers these days, Padavona started out writing horror. Crawlspace reminded me of Jack Ketchum and Richard Laymon with lots of atmosphere, sharp details, and escalating dread.
Horror That Leaves A Scar:
The Troop by Nick Cutter – Utterly creepy, thoroughly disgusting, and I loved every word. And given the fact that the book focuses on a contagious pathogen, it makes for an extra disconcerting read in the middle of a global pandemic.
One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon – WARNING! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Richard Laymon sometimes goes too far for me, which is saying something. Nobody writes dark, twisty suspense quite like Laymon, and King and Koontz have both recommended his stuff. One Rainy Night has a great atmosphere, loads of action, incredible pacing, and at least one scene that is trigger warning worthy. If you’ve got the stomach for it, it is free through Kindle Unlimited.
Got any horror recommendations? Let us know. We love nothing more than getting our macabre on, tootin’ on the terror trumpet, just rippin’ literary fright reps.
That’s all for now.
-Tim & LT