Five New Horror Novels for Your Monday

My dear readers:  As I promised you a few weeks ago, this month's recommended book lists will consist entirely of horror and the supernatural.  So, this week, I went through our listings of new books and put together a list of five horror stories that are fresh off the printing press!

Of course, as always, we have turned to our good friends at NoveList to help us find the perfect book for each reader.  Do you prefer gruesome to menacing?  Looking for something compelling and intricately plotted?  Then check out the list of appeals, shown in italics after each book title.  And if you would like to learn more about any of these selections, why not check out NoveList yourselves?  You can access this wonderful database (and many others) through the library's homepage, under Research Resources.

Dracul (Dacre Stoker)

Intricately plotted, intensifying, gruesome, compelling

This chilling prequel to the original Dracula was written by Dacre Stoker, a real-life descendant of horror icon Bram Stoker.  The year is 1868 and a young Bram Stoker prepares himself to fight an indescribable evil.  As he waits out the longest night of his life, Stoker details the events that led him to this point.  When he was a child, he was raised by caretaker Ellen Crone.  But, when a string of strange deaths in a nearby town climaxes with Ellen's mysterious disappearance, the Stoker family is left with a chilling mystery.  Years later, Bram's sister Mathlida returns from studying in Paris with shocking news--she has seen Ellen after all these years--and for the Stokers, the nightmare begins again.

Devil's Day (Andrew Michael Hurley)

Atmospheric, menacing, small-town horror

Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the family farm to help gather the sheep in for the coming winter.  Not much changes from season to season, but this year is different.  John's grandfather, the Gaffer, has died, and John returns home with his new wife in tow.  Every year, the Gaffer would redraw the village boundary lines as part of a ritual to keep out the devil.  But, as they bury the old man, the townspeople can't help but wonder if their supernatural protection has died with him.

Strange Ink (Gary Kemble)

Fast-paced, atmospheric, creepy, suspenseful, compelling, gritty

Washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up one morning with a hangover and a strange tattoo on his neck.  He shrugs it off as a stupid, drunken mistake, but soon after that, new tattoos begin to appear all over his body--grisly, violent images that are accompanied by horrible nightmares.  As Harry digs deeper, his search leads him to a sinister disappearance, a torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled up in his own past.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek: The Strange Case Continues (Anthony O'Neill)

Atmospheric, richly detailed, well-crafted dialogue

Don't let the punny title fool you--this is a dramatic, engaging, and deadly serious sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of horror.  Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr. Jekyll.  Only Mr. Utterson, Jekyll's faithful lawyer and confidant knows this to be false--because Jekyll and Hyde were one in the same.  As the sole keeper of this secret, Utterson refuses to reveal his reasons for knowing that this man cannot be who he claims to be.  But, as the newcomer goes about charming Jekyll's friends, and the bodies of potential challenges start piling up, Utterson begins to fear for his life--and his sanity.

In the House in the Dark of the Woods (Laird Hunt)

Intensifying, creepy, compelling, lyrical

A Puritan woman goes missing deep in the woods of colonial New England.  There, she meets another woman, also wandering in the forest, and everything changes.  On a journey that will take them through a dark wood full of almost-human wolves, a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine just may find that the evil she is fleeing was inside of her all along.