Saturday, October 8, 2011

Notable New Book Releases [Oct. 2 - Oct. 8]

These are the new releases that caught my eye this week (ordered by publication date). It's a pretty good list for the first week in October. Are any of these on your reading list? What else are you excited about reading this week?

The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
Pub Date: October 3, 2011

[I'm still on the fence about this one. Have you read it?]

A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

Borealis by Ronald Malfi
Pub Date: October 4, 2011

[Is there where I admit my obsession with The Deadliest Catch and all things related to crab fishing on the Bering Sea? I really want to read this one!]

On a routine crabbing expedition in the Bering Sea, Charlie Mears and the rest of the men aboard the trawler Borealis discover something unbelievable: a young woman running naked along the ridge of a passing iceberg. The men rescue her and bring her aboard the boat. But they will soon learn her horrible secret. By the time they find out why she was alone on the ice—and what she truly is—the nightmare will have begun, as one by one she infects them with an evil that brings about unimaginable terrors.

The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Pub Date: October 4, 2011

[This one comes highly recommended to me. It's getting great reviews, too.]

In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts.

The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? Thirty-nine.

What follow is a riveting ghost story with all the hallmarks readers have come to expect from bestselling, award-winning novelist Chris Bohjalian: a palpable sense of place, meticulous research, an unerring sense of the demons that drive us, and characters we care about deeply. The difference this time? Some of those characters are dead.

Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano
Pub Date: October 5, 2011

[Even though there are no Saw movies out this month - we do still get this new story from the guys who wrote Saw. Shh... I'm not a fan of Saw BUT I'm reading this and liking it so far.]

If you have a supernatural problem that won't go away, you need Buck Carlsbad: private eye, exorcist, and last resort.

Buck's got a way with spirits that no one else can match. He was normal, once. Until Something Horrible killed his parents and left him for dead.

Buck has spent years using his gift to trace his family. It's his only hope of finding out what happened to them-and what made him the way he is.

Now the voices say that something big is coming. Buck already knows what it is-a super high-tech bullet train running express across a stretch of unforgiving desert known for the most deadly paranormal events in history. A place where Buck almost died a few years ago, and where he swore he would never return.

But as the train prepares to rumble down the tracks, Buck knows it can only be the inevitable hand of fate pulling him back to the most harrowing unfinished case of his career at four hundred miles per hour.

Wake Wood by K.A. John
Pub Date: October 6, 2011

[I found this little doozy on Amazon. Sounds good to me!]

The dead should never be woken

Still grieving after the death of their young daughter Alice in a frenzied dog attack, Patrick and Louise Daley leave the city to try and find some peace in the Irish countryside, and the village of Wake Wood seems like the perfect place to start again.But the residents are guarding a terrifying secret: they can resurrect the dead. However, the rules are strict, they will bring Alice back only if she has been dead for less than a year; and, after three days, she must be buried. Desperate to see their daughter again, even for just three days, the Daleys agree to everything. But they have been lying from the start. And by the time the villagers realise, it's too late. Alice is alive and she does not want to go back...


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  1. I love the sound of The Sleepwalkers. I've been meaning to read horror lately, maybe because I've never read one and Halloween is around the corner :-)

  2. I'm a Saw fan, still need to catch up on the movies. My partner loves Deadliest Catch.

    Enjoy, if you read these.

  3. The Sleepwalkers is going on my wishlist... I want to hear more about Wake Wood before I make the decision to include it.


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