Sam Reader at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog has assembled a delicious list of nine new horror books to keep you terrified until Halloween — including several we’ve already covered here at Black Gate, such as The Fisherman, by John Langan, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay, and Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
But he’s also highlighted several intriguing selections we overlooked, like Brom’s new novel Lost Gods, Ellen Datlow’s collection Nightmares, and The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike.
The Graveyard Apartment tells something of a conventional story: a troubled couple, their adorable daughter, and their pets move into an apartment that seems too good to be true. Naturally, the apartment happens to be in a building surrounded on three sides by a graveyard and a crematorium. On the day they move in, their pet bird dies. Other tenants quickly move out of the building. It doesn’t take a horror aficionado to tell the place is haunted and that things will go downhill quickly, but Koike brings a sense of claustrophobia and progressive isolation to a story that keeps the dread ticking right along, as its stubborn protagonists refuse to follow the example of their neighbors and leave the creepy apartment.
See the complete list here.