A horror book recommendation: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock: A Novel by Paul Tremblay

A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2d4Rrim.
In spite of all its unusual and multifaceted touches, make no mistake: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is a true and powerful mystery novel, full of twists and horrors that will keep even the most jaded genre reader silently turning its pages late into the night.
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A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.“A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock.Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
The book is rated 3.62/5 at goodreads.com, from 3728 ratings. See 687 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2anS201.
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A horror book recommendation: Foxlowe by ELEANOR WASSERBERG

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2qEYFjK.
For some time after reading, I found myself unable to shake the images Wasserberg conjured up, instead sinking more deeply into them – which is testament to the storytelling powers of this talented novelist.
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A chilling, compulsive debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal – and a utopian commune gone badly wrong. Foxlowe is a crumbling old house in the moors, a wild and magical place. For Green, it is home, and everything she knows. Outside, people live in little square houses, with unhappy families and boring jobs. At Foxlowe, Green runs free in the corridors and gardens, among the goat shed and fruit trees, the Standing Stones and the moors. Outside, people are corrupted by money. At Foxlowe the Family share everything. Outside, the Bad is everywhere. At Foxlowe, the Family are safe. As long as they do what Freya says, and perform the rituals correctly. But as Green’s little sister, Blue, grows up, she shows more and more interest in the Outside, and then she starts to talk about becoming a Leaver …
The book is rated 3.44/5 at goodreads.com, from 982 ratings. See 227 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2babTjB.
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A horror book recommendation: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock: A Novel by Paul Tremblay

A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2d4Rrim.
In spite of all its unusual and multifaceted touches, make no mistake: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is a true and powerful mystery novel, full of twists and horrors that will keep even the most jaded genre reader silently turning its pages late into the night.
Book description from Google Books:
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.“A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel. Now, Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale sure to unsettle readers.Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her young daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration: the local and state police have uncovered no leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock.Living in an all-too-real nightmare, riddled with worry, pain, and guilt, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadow peering through their windows in the dead of night. Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journal begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connects them.As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
The book is rated 3.62/5 at goodreads.com, from 3719 ratings. See 686 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2anS201.
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A horror book recommendation: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2pIUG6p.
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will undoubtedly win Rice new fans and welcome back old ones.
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From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power   “In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken . . .” –Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis   At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe. It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient × a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean. And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.
The book is rated 3.80/5 at goodreads.com, from 3318 ratings. See 545 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2pISjjI.
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A horror book recommendation: The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain by Mark Z. Danielewski

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2agHrEg.
It is work is what I’m saying. But worth it. So, so worth it in the way that reading it rewires your brain, injects dread and paranoia into your universe, makes you distrustful of the most pedestrian objects.
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The Familiar Volume 1 Wherein the cat is found . . . The Familiar Volume 2 Wherein the cat is hungry . . .The Familiar Volume 3 Wherein the cat is blind . . . Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Astair fears their stretched finances are already at a breaking point. Not even a visit from an old friend can mitigate Anwar’s feeling that he’s failing to support those he loves and that even worse things are to come. The twins, Freya and Shasti, sense something too and blame their older sister. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby’s survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat. With spectacular visuals and the vibrant wordplay that are his trademark, The Familiar (Volume 3) is a beautiful and singular reading experience that could come only from the imagination of Mark Z. Danielewski. THE FAMILIAR continues The Familiar Volume 4 Wherein the cat is toothless . . . The Familiar Volume 5 Wherein the cat is named . . .
The book is rated 4.40/5 at goodreads.com, from 515 ratings. See 83 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2afMxx2.
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A horror book recommendation: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2acvPil.
Overall, it’s a collection that displays Oates’s ability to inhabit distinctive voices to chilling effect.
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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection Including “Big Momma,” a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Short Story From one of our most important contemporary writers, The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold, haunting collection of six stories. In the title story, a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away from leukemia. As he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from the surrounding neighborhoods and stores his treasures in the abandoned carriage house on his family’s estate. But just what kind of dolls are they? In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is thrilled when her favorite teacher asks her to house-sit, even on short notice. But when an intruder forces his way into the house while the girl is there, the fate of more than one life is changed forever. In “Equatorial,” set in the exotic Galapagos, an affluent American wife experiences disorienting assaults upon her sense of who her charismatic husband really is, and what his plans may be for her. In The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates evokes the “fascination of the abomination” that is at the core of the most profound, the most unsettling, and the most memorable of dark mystery fiction.
The book is rated 3.34/5 at goodreads.com, from 890 ratings. See 234 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2adsjY0.
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A horror book recommendation: Foreign Agent: A Thriller by Brad Thor

A critic review (source Washington Times) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2afEoZO.
…this rare added value — sets Brad Thor far apart from and above nearly every other writer of such enjoyable spy and political thrillers. Most readers will come away from reading this entertaining thriller with a considerably deeper and significantly more accurate understanding of the nature of ISIS…
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“The best thriller of the year…an exciting and entertaining read.” —The Washington Times “A top-notch thriller.” —Bill O’Reilly From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor—a brilliant thriller as “current as tomorrow’s headlines.” Terrorism in Europe has spun out of control. The United States has decided on a dramatic response. Now, the CIA needs a very special kind of operative.Scot Harvath has exactly the skills the CIA is looking for. He’s a former U.S. Navy SEAL with extensive experience in espionage. Working for a private intelligence company, he will provide the CIA, and more important, the President, with absolute deniability. But deep within the Russian Caucasus, Moscow also has its own special kind of operative. As a child, Sacha Baseyev endured an unimaginable horror. Today, he lives and breathes for only one reason—to kill. And he will kill as many Americans as it takes to accomplish his mission. When a clandestine American operations team is ambushed near Syria, all signs point toward a dangerous informant in Brussels. But as Harvath searches for the man, he uncovers another actor—a rogue player hell-bent on forcing America’s hand and drawing it into a confrontation deadlier than anyone could have imagined. As the attacks mount, and terror is brought to the very doorstep of the White House, Harvath finds himself in the race of his life. From Vienna, Brussels, and Berlin, to Malta, Jordan, and Syria—he will push himself beyond the edge in order to confront one of the greatest evils the world has ever known. Filled with action, intrigue, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, Foreign Agent is a nonstop thrill ride that reaffirms Thor’s position as the “master of thrillers.”
The book is rated 4.21/5 at goodreads.com, from 6979 ratings. See 453 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2afEsIK.
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A horror book recommendation: Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2arXj3j.
…for all their dark imaginings, Ligotti’s fictions – like those of Poe and Nabokov, the cruel, brilliant, manipulative writers he most resembles – are absorbingly constructed little works of art.
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Two terrifying classics by “the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction” (The Washington Post) Thomas Ligotti’s debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and his second, Grimscribe, permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction.  Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The book is rated 4.04/5 at goodreads.com, from 927 ratings. See 131 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2sKpTXS.
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A horror book recommendation: My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Novel by Grady Hendrix

A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2cGGmXx.
…a diabolically gleeful (and wholly original) entry in something of a new wave of possession tales.
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Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. Gretchen starts randomly bleeding and has strange flashbacks and fits. She refuses to change her clothes, preferring to douse herself with United Colors of Benetton perfume to mask the fact that she hasn’t showered in weeks. Then, out of nowhere, she seems to recover. But the oddities simply go from physical to psychological she manipulates their circle of friends so that bad things multiply (including a particularly horrific scene involving a tapeworm), and no one but Abby recognizes what’s happening. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”
The book is rated 3.81/5 at goodreads.com, from 4329 ratings. See 986 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1ULNOi3.
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A horror book recommendation: End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) by Stephen King

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2ajp661.
There are many stereotypical themes and devices in crime fiction…“End of Watch” is burdened by none of them. It’s a great big genre-busting romp, a gloriously fitting end to the Bill Hodges trilogy.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Notable Book Now an AT&T Audience Original Series The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 43104 ratings. See 4938 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2ajoSfa.
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