Welcome to September! I wonder what treats this month has in store for us… I dread to think. To help get you through to 2021, here’s a list of Scary Lockdown Reads.
As you can imagine, I’ve been doing a lot of reading in these strange, housebound days, so I thought I would share some of the doozies I have recently discovered. It’s pretty much all horror, but then what else would anyone want to read in 2020?
Scary Lockdown Reads 1 – Invasive
I hate small things. I hate microscopic viruses that can make us bleed from our butt holes and puke up Pot Noodles long into the night. I hate small portions at restaurants (seriously, for twenty quid, I want to be sweating by the time I leave). I also hate bugs (although I find them fascinating). Invasive is a book about bugs.
Chuck Wendig has written a great little thriller that is equal parts horrifying and educational. If you don’t like ants, then you’ll dislike them even more after this creepy crawly read. (I once tried to keep ants in a formicarium. It didn’t go well)
This was my first introduction to Wendig’s work, and it prompted me to buy more. You can grab a copy by following this Amazon link – https://amzn.to/3bw6NvL
Scary Lockdown Reads 2 – Cold Storage
I really enjoyed this one for the characters. I like flawed protagonists striving to do better and this is what we get here. I also liked the way that the deadly fungus was a character all of its own. Lots of action, science, and claustrophobia. I personally loved it. Cold Storage by David Koepp is an easy and fast paced read that anyone should enjoy. Warning – animals might explode.
It might also have inspired me to write a book about my very own deadly fungus, but I’ll make no comment about that! You can grab a copy by following this link to Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Z82uSk
I’ve shouted many times about how I love Jeff Strand’s books (Dweller and Pressure are masterpieces). Some of his horror is really funny, but some of it is played entirely straight like The Odds. This is a tense cat and mouse story is the vein of Richard Laymon’s In the Dark. It’s cringy and exciting and tense. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure any horror lover would too. It’s not challenging, it’s just pure, nailbiting fun.
Grab your copy here, and check out Jeff’s other books too! https://amzn.to/35aiyqp
Scary Lockdown Reads 4 – What Happened to Lori
Before I ever released a book co-authored with Joe Konrath, I was a big fan of the bearded man’s work (Origin is one of my favourite books ever). While Joe currenrly splits his time between horror and his Jack Daniels cosy mysteries, his scary stuff is among the best in the genre. After a short period of dormancy, he seems to be firing the horror novels out again, and I for one am delighted.
His recent novel What Happened to Lori is like nothing else you’ve ever read. It’ll cause you to ask questions with every page, and Joe masterfully keeps the answers from us until the very last moments of the book. The characters are interesting, the plot outrageous, but I can promise you won’t be able to stop thinking about it once you start reading. My number one Scary Lockdown Readsrecommendation for 2020. It has a sequel, which is also good, but the first entry is truly memorable.
Grab your copy here: https://amzn.to/3578PkR
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