2017 was a pretty great year for horror. IT was huge at the Box Office, and we had a number of great releases in horror fiction from authors like Stephen King, Ronald Malfi,  Hunter Shea, Jonathan Janz, Joe Hill, Josh Malerman, the Sisters of Slaughter, Russell James, Kristopher Rufty, Patrick Lacey, Matt Hayward,  and many, many more.

As January is getting ready to say goodbye (January 31st is my beautiful wife’s birthday, btw), a rash of beautiful and thought-provoking covers for 2018 releases have been flooding social media. And I am freaking excited!!!!  These authors and these cover are amazing. There are way more than the ones featured here in my post, but these ones are special to me.


PRACTITIONERS from Patrick Lacey and Matt Hayward (Bloodshot Books)

Wow, great cover, great new writers…great new publisher.  Get ready for some horror madness!


One of horrors next big names, Jonathan Janz releases his next novel with FLAME TREE PRESS.  (Don D’Auria from Leisure Book/Samhain is heading this new horror line).

Janz is on the cusp of exploding, will THE SIREN ADN THE SPECTER be his breakout hit? I don’t know, but that title rocks and that cover is gorgeous.


Bram Stoker-nominated author, Peter N. Dudar returns with his next nightmare fueled release, THE GOAT PARADE (Grinning Skull Press).

Look at that cover! And yeah, this one promises to be dark.


Hunter Shea is one of the kings of creature-features, and this next release, CREATURE (from Flame Tree Press) looks awesome!


Another Flame Tree Press release for 2018, THE MOUTH OF THE DARK from Bram Stoker winner, Tim Waggoner looks like another terrific novel.  This is one of the hardest workers in the horror community. Tim will deliver, no doubt.

And of course…..


My next release, LAND OF BONES, should be dropping in the next month. 🙂

This is my second short story collection. I hope you guys dig it.


We’ll also get new books from Stephen King, John Everson, Brian Keene, Patrick Lacey (solo), Brain Moreland (hopefully), Russell James (sequel to CARVERNED OF THE DAMNED) and too many more to mention.

Stay tuned!

Feel free to comment on which cover is your favorite, or with what books you’re looking forward to.

Favorite Reads of 2017

BECOMING makes another BEST OF 2017 list. Check out THE HORROR BOOKSHELF’s full list of novels, novellas, and collections.

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I’m a bit late with my 2017 list as the first month of 2018 is just about over (seriously, where did this year go?), but I still wanted to take a minute and share some of my favorite reads from this year. There is always a staggering amount of great horror books released every year, but this year felt like it was a really high mark for horror fiction. I’m already anticipating a ton of 2018 releases, so I have a feeling I will be saying the same thing next year!

This list is by no means exhaustive of all the books out there, some I was unfortunately unable to get to in time to include on this list. However, of the works I did get to read, these were among my favorites. There are a lot of books on here that appeared on numerous other lists, but I think you…

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There are always so many great books I miss out on during their year of release (this year, Grady Hendrix’s MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM meets that criteria—such a fun book from 2016).
I did manage to squeeze in a few more in the early weeks of January that I’d been interested in. As always, you don’t have to be the most original, the best writer in town, or the scariest MFer on the planet to make my list. Just have your book come out in 2017 and entertain the heck  out of me. So, here is my list of the Top 12 horror books of 2017.


12. THE SOUND OF BROKEN RIBS by EDWARD LORN   Despite our differences, I still enjoyed this novel from Mr. Lorn. A bit like a lost Laymon or Ketchum novel, maybe not THE CELLAR or OFF SEASON, but a good one.

11. BLACK MAD WHEEL by JOSH MALERMAN   This one started off slow, got really, really good, and then fizzled out. But that good center was really good.  Different without being obnoxiously so.

10. WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING by HUNTER SHEA  Shea always delivers the goods. This has some of his best characters yet.

9. EXORCIST FALLS by JONATHAN JANZ  My most-anticipated read of 2017 and my favorite book cover of the year. Not what I expected–it went in a different direction than I thought–but still an awesome, action-packed thrill-ride.

8. THOSE WHO FOLLOW by MICHELLE GARZA & MELISSA LASON  Just as crazy and weird and fun as their debut, The Sisters of Slaughter give us another deliciously macabre offering.

7. WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? By MATT HAYWARD  Another favorite cover of mine, Matt Hayward’s debut novel is a cool mash-up of  ...Cukoo’s Nest and The Thing….Beware PHOBOS!

6. FUNGOID by WILLIAM MEIKLE    Meikle does horror/sci-fi so freaking well.  The spores will spread….  (This one is currently out of print. Go find a used copy, or message the author!)

5. WE CAME BACK by PATRICK LACEY   Lacey’s deeply personal novel showcases his growing talent and dares you not to become a fan.

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4. AGENTS OF DREAMLAND by CAITLIN R. KIERNAN  I’ve never been so enthralled, yet so confused by a book in all my life. AoD is terrific horror/sci-fi madness.

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3. THE WARBLERS by AMBER FALLON   I read this just after reading Joe R. Lansdale’s THE BOTTOMS. Had you taken the name off the cover, I would have thought this was another one of his books.  Blew me away. Just the style and voice.

2. CAVERN OF THE DAMNED by RUSSELL JAMES   I haven’t seen many people talking about this one, but if you miss Samhain Publishing or Leisure Books, you should buy this now. You will LOVE it. My favorite book from Russell James yet. And the most fun I had with horror this year.

1. BONE WHITE by RONALD MALFI    Hands down my favorite read of the year. Malfi is one of THE best writers out there. Malfi casts his spell from the first page on and you will have no choice but to go up into these Alaskan hills…. Soooo good!
Honorable Mentions:

You should read PAPERBACKS FROM HELL by GRADY HENDRIX (non-fiction) Excellent stuff, and it will make you seek out more books for your TBR pile.

PS: Most of my friends and followers may be surprised to find one of these authors on my list. I know. Haters gonna hate.  That said, if I read a book (all the way through, mind you) and I enjoy it, I’m going to say so.

Here’s to another great year of reading!

There are always disappointments and other good books that didn’t make the cut….

To see all the books I read  go to 2017 HERE  and 2018 HERE

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