Thursday, October 4, 2012

September Reads

Yikes. So in September I read half of what I did in August. September is also the month I started writing my 2013 DarkFuse books. I think the seesaw effect is apparent: more written, less read. I hope to do better in October, while keeping my word count high. Writing this month was like pulling teeth, but I'm in a good groove now.

The good news is, the quality of what I read this month was very high.

Horns by Joe Hill
I really liked Heart-Shaped Box. I LOVED this. It's more bizarro than straight horror, but with a concern for and success with satisfying conventional storytelling expectations. It also has one of the most interesting portrayals of a sociopath that I can think of.

It’s Not All About Me by Robin Dreeke
“Once you have rapport then compliance with any request you offer follows.” Due to that promise, I was hoping to be able to use this book as a springboard to a horror story. It's actually primarily about diminishing the ego and the author gives some examples where he's practically Buddha or Jesus for not up and shooting somebody. It's a good read, but not what I was expecting.

A Tasting of Thistles by Dennis Boyer
 Very well-written speculative flash stories of the sort that overtly explore philosophical concepts through fiction.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
 Read it as part of working my way through Modern Library best 100 novels of 20th century list. Good, though it didn't do as much for me as some others on the list recently have.

Skin Medicine by Tim Curran
 So damn good. Up there with Gunslinger for my fav horror western.

Darkness Weaves by Edward Wagner

Biohazard by Tim Curran

Old Flames by Jack Ketchum
 Didn't love the first novella, but really enjoyed the second.

 Best Layman I've read so far. 

I Will Rise by Michael Louis Calvillo

 Just from the title, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Totally nightmarish noir. Great stuff.

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