While the big screen has once again produced a series of diverse and popular horror and genre films; the written word has also continued to excel.
Here are some of our picks for the best reads of 2019.
Ghoster by Jason Arnopp – Ghoster is very much a product of 2019 and feels timely, plus it tackles issues it’s sometimes easier to sweep under the rug than confront.
The Outsider by Stephen King – One of King’s finer books of the last decade, The Outsider is a complex crime thriller with a supernatural twist. If the HBO series is even half as good as the book constant readers are in for a treat.
The Lady from the Black Lagoon from Mallory O’Meara – For fans of the golden age of monster movies, this book is an essential read and has inspired me to find out more about the production of one of Universal’s most iconic monsters.
Strange Ink by Gary Kemble – This is a great Australian novel, something rather rare in horror fiction. There’s an undeniable sense of place and atmosphere – set at Christmas but in the blinding heat – which adds to the book’s credibility, and Kemble fleshes out his novel with a small but well-rendered set of characters who propel the narrative but allow Harry to remain center stage.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – More so than Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied, Lock Every Door has some very timely social commentary embedded into its themes, with moments that will anger you and then at some points make you want to punch the air in celebration.
Continuing his hot streak Riley Sager is fast becoming one of the best horror authors of the past five years.
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – As the title suggests we follow the sister of a serial killer but what makes this unique is the setting in Africa as we are engulfed into another culture.
My Sister the Serial Killer is refreshing and unique and has certainly piqued interest into Oyinkan Braithwaite, here’s hoping the follow up is just as good.
Disco Deathtrap by Cameron Roubique – This is the first of Roubique’s Year of Blood series which focuses on the year of 1981 (the golden year of slashers) which will feature more bloodshed on different occasions.
Deathtrap starts things off with a bunch of high school kids attending a roller disco party on New Years Eve which turns into a gory nightmare.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu – Blending Indian mythology and brutality, Alma Katsu’s the Hunger takes us back to 19 century America in a remodelling of the true story of a large wagon train which went missing.
Katsu’s tale owes much to the work of Stephen King, focusing more on characters with the terror kept in the shadows.
Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay – Given this is his first attempt at an anthology series Paul Tremblay has gone above expectations and delivered a must-read for horror fans.
Taking Shape: Developing Halloween from Script to Scream by Dustin McNeill & Travis Mullins – Whilst we have had comprehensive books and documentaries covering the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street series’, it always feels like there hasn’t been anything close for Halloween.
This has finally been addressed with Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins’ comprehensive book which takes us from the 1978 classic up until 2018’s fast-forward sequel.
Do you agree with our choices? If you have any recommendations please let us know in the comments or on Twitter @bloodyflicks.