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I’m a very eclectic reader. As such, my recommendations are all over the place. For the most part, my taste falls in line with the horror genre, but even that is multi-faceted. I do have one recommendation outside of the genre, and I always steer people towards that one if they can’t travel on a dark journey with me.
Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright.
This is a literary novel about a school teacher in rural Ontario in the 1930s. It’s a good rainy day read. I know because I read it on a rainy day. Gobbled most of it up during that sitting, in fact.
To me, this novel is much more about a haunted person than a haunted house. It might not be bloody, but I couldn’t put it down, and I gladly recommend it anytime.
Yes, it’s a vampire novel, with a traditional vamp to boot, but you won’t find a word play quite like it. Highly recommended.
This might be the scariest book I’ve ever read. I wouldn’t make that statement loosely. There’s nothing supernatural about it, but if you have a kid, a stepchild, a niece or nephew, or a pet you’ll want to protect them much more after reading this.
This was Straub’s breakout novel and has been cited by Stephen King as his favourite horror novel. It’s well-written, multi-layered and compelling. Best of all, it’s still in print. It’s also available as an e-book.
Other authors I’ve enjoyed include Douglas Clegg, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Sephera Giron and Gord Rollo. These are slightly lesser known authors than Little or Laymon, but they’re all worth checking out. You’ll be glad you did.
You can find Derek Clendening's adult and YA novels and short stories on Amazon.com as well as on Derek's website: Derek Clendening Horror Author.
It began in New York. Then it spread. Zombies outnumber humans ten-to-one and they must retool the Earth to suit their needs. Capitalism has survived the Apocalypse and a billionaire zombie plans to cash in by opening a human breeding farm near Buffalo, New York. He will provide sustenance to his fellow zombies . . . at a price . . . . Remaining humans have been imprisoned, paired, made to breed and have been treated like the lower form of life that they have become. A deadly ultimatum forces their darkest family secrets and worst fears to surface. The strong will survive. The weak will perish.
The Between Years
Randy and Carol Fuller face the worst horror parents can possibly face when they lose their six month old son, Kenny, to Sudden infant Death Syndrome during a freak snowstorm. In the following months, Randy wants a second chance at parenthood, but Carol isn’t ready. Their marriage disintegrates. However, Randy discovers his second chance, anyway, when he begins to see Kenny at age four. Then at age eight, twelve and eighteen. Soon it becomes apparent that Kenny is alive and growing up within the walls of Randy’s ancestral home. Randy has the opportunity to be a father to Kenny again, although in ways he never expected. And he must face obstacles he never imagined. The Between Years is a novel of ghosts and memory, obsession and darkness, and the undying love only a parent can understand.
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