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October is always a fantastic month for horror fans, and fans of literary horror have many reasons to rejoice. Here’s my selection of horror books released this month… (For full disclosure, these are for the most part not books I’ve already read, but books on my pre-order list…)
Monsters in the Movies, John Landis
Landis’s book may not be rich in text, but this coffee table book is so beautifully put together and rich in illustrations that it may well become a must-have for monster movie fans. While I personally wish Landis had sometimes given more of an opinion on the films he mentions, this is the kind of book you can get lost into for hours.
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, Stephen T. Asma
I’m a huge fan of cultural histories (my favorite being David Skal’s The Monster Show), and as such, I can’t wait to read this study of monsters throughout the ages. Unlike Landis’s book, this seems text-heavy and the focus is more on mythology and literature than film history, so these two books could complement each other nicely.
The Night Eternal, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
The third and final book in del Toro and Hogan’s vampire saga. Need I say more?
The Empire of Death, Paul Koudounaris
Subtitled “A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses”, this is fairly self-explanatory. I expect a richly illustrated volume, which should help me discover new and unusual things to visit and places to travel to.
Black Light, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton & Stephen Romano
No idea what to expect from this novel, to be honest – but the simple fact that it is the brainchild of some of the most successful writers of the Saw series (and of The Collector) is enough to get me interested. It seems to be a supernatural tale: all the better!