Today was a Halloween Freebie over at Top Ten Tuesday and I decided to talk about the horror books I’m most excited to finally get to! These are my priorities for 2020 and I’m crossing my fingers that I get to them.
1 Affinity – Sarah Waters
Ages ago I read Water for Elephants and since then I’ve wanted to read Waters’ creepier books. I like a good spooky throwback and this gothic tale sounds like a fun ride. Also Victorian ghosts. Can’t go wrong there.
2 Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
After the age of Twilight, I can understand the general hesitation with vampires. I’m in that boat, but once in a while I come across a description that peaks my interest. Moreno-Garcia’s world takes place in an alternate timeline where vampires existence became known in the 70’s and Mexico City is now a ‘closed nation’, leaving the rest of the country to vampires.
3 Fever Dream – Samantha Schweblin
Earlier this year I read Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds. I really liked her writing and wanted to give Schweblin’s full length novel a go. Sounds like I’m a least promised a trippy time.
4 The Fisherman – John Langan
I think this book didn’t pop up on my radar because I have no interest in fishing. Hahaha. Now that I actually read the description I realized that I was wrong! Slow burn cosmic horror sounds great to me.
5 Ghostland – Colin Dickey
My lone nonfiction pick is a deep dive on some of America’s most iconic haunted places. Dickey’s stance is that our country isn’t haunted by ghosts but by our history. So probably more centered on debunking but I’m ok with spilling the tea too.
6 The Least of my Scars – Stephen Graham Jones
A serial killer that might be losing his mind and questioning his reality. Okay. I’m sold.
7 The Open Curtain – Brian Evenson
Mormonism. Rituals. Historical setting. Murder. I feel like someone wrote a book with me in mind. I can’t believe I found this and it shot up to the top of my TBR for 2020.
8 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Partrick Suskind
This one has been on my TBR for awhile now. Years ago I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation and thought it was an interesting concept. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet (such is the way with ‘to-read’ lists) but I’m going to make an effort to get to it in 2020. Maybe next October?
9 Polar Night – Julie Flanders
A supernatural mystery in the depths of Alaska, where a worn out detective has to save a missing young woman from the clutches of evil. Also, I think I heard the word vampire? … I’m actually surprised that two vampire books are on this list!
10 The Ruins – Scott Smith
Vacation gone wrong when a group of friends get trapped in a Mexican jungle, where something is hunting them. I recently read some strong reviews for this book so it really boosted my excitement for it.