Monday, October 31, 2011

Manly Mondays Goes Horror

Off Season, by Jack Ketchum
From Goodreads:

A beautiful New York editor retreats to a lonely cabin on a hill in the quiet Maine beach town of Dead River—off season—awaiting her sister and friends. Nearby, a savage human family with a taste for flesh lurks in the darkening woods, watching, waiting for the moon to rise and night to fall.

Off Season was a grim foray into Horror before Horror really became horrific.  A book before it's time, with that quality unique to horror of the late 70's, early 80's.  Perfect Halloween reading.

Off Season, By Jack Ketchum
Reprinted by Leisure Books, June 2006
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Monstrumologist: Isle of Blood, by Rick Yancey
From Goodreads:

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can't let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated--and not convinced.

Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky--and will put Will Henry's loyalty to the ultimate test.

The Isle of Blood may be somewhat slower than the first two books but the ultimate fear it invokes is longer lasting with greater impact.  The monster of this book is not the type of the first two, but one far more real and for that- terrifying.  I will be very sad when this series ends with the next book.

The Isle of Blood, by Rick Yancey (part three of the Monstrumologist series)
Published by Simon and Schuster, September 2011
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The Five, by Robert McCammon
From Goodreads:

The Five tells the story of an eponymous rock band struggling to survive on the margins of the music business. As they move through the American Southwest on what might be their final tour together, the band members come to the attention of a damaged Iraq war veteran, and their lives are changed forever.

The Five was a little disappointing.  After a nearly 20 year absence from contemporary fiction I was expecting something more epic.  This might very well be one of those books that seems better on the second reading or with lower expectations.
The Five, by Robert McCammon
Published by Subterranean Press, May 2011
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