I’m on a reading binge now that I’m self-quarantined and paranoid. I’ve acquired so many books over the last year my bookshelves falleth over. I organized all of my unread books into small to-do reading piles. Here’s what I have in the pile for May:
I always read at least two books at the same time until one eventually holds me captive. This month I’m reading four books—two audiobooks, one paperback, and one ebook:
The Fisherman by John Langan (June 30, 2016) – Audiobook. I picked up this book on Audible last month. It sounded intriguing. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be an Old Man in the Sea or Moby Dick tale or something else. I’m about halfway through, and I’m in deep. It’s a fantastic story, brilliantly written, and a fine example of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. I want more. Look for the upcoming review.
FanasticLand by Mike Bockoven (November 20, 2018) – Audiobook. This story takes place at a theme park in Florida, FantasticLand, in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. The employees of the park become isolated within the park, and the survivors endure devastating horrors. I can’t wait to dive in.
The Library of the Unwritten: A Novel From Hell’s Library by A. J. Hackwith (October 1, 2019) – Paperback. Claire, the head of the Unwritten Wing in Hell, repairs and organizes books and looks after stories that may materialize as characters and escape the library. As you might expect, things go horrifyingly wrong. I’m super excited about this read.
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (April 26, 2016) – Kindle Edition. While I read mixed reviews about this novel, the story itself intrigues me. Heck, the title alone was a draw for me. I can’t wait to dig in.
As always, not everything I read is speculative fiction. I do change things up every now and then just to keep from going mad. I recently finished the following books:
The Remaking by Clay Mcleod Chapman (October 8, 2019) – Hardcover. The story revolves around an urban legend that is reborn about every 20 years. It begins with Ella and Jessica, mother and daughter, burning at the stake in a small Virginia town. The legend spawns a horror movie, a remake of the original movie, and a podcast—all ending with the characters meeting horrific fates. Read the SFR review of The Remaking.
Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas (September 13, 2016) – Audiobook. Not a work of speculative fiction, but Vargas’s journey of self-discovery and the struggle to overcome alcohol addiction is an admirable read.
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Arianna Neumann (February 04, 2020) – Audiobook. Like the previous book, When Time Stopped is not a work of speculative fiction, but Neumann’s pursuit of unraveling her father’s past in Nazi-occupied Europe is an extraordinary journey.
These are the last two books in the reading pile for this month:
Daemon of the Dark Wood by Randy Chandler (February 26, 2012) – Kindle Edition. The reviews have me intrigued about this sexually fueled dark horror novel. I need to check this one out for myself.
Denizens: Interlands Book Two by Vincent H. O’Neil (August 12, 2015) – Kindle Edition. I thoroughly enjoyed Interlands: A Tale of the Supernatural, the first book in this series. I’m eager to read Book Two.
What’s on your bookshelf this month? What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments.
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