As the horror collection maestro in the First Floor: New and Featured Department, I’ve recently pruned the collection a bit to highlight some of the great new releases that we’ve received in recent months. Here are a few of the more recent additions to the collection that should make your summer reading just a wee bit scarier:
Blood Oath: The President’s Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth — Blood Oath adds a new twist to the emerging presidents and vampires horror sub-genre: a 140-year-old vampire serves the president of the United States as a top secret weapon against supernatural forces that seek to destroy the nation. Conspiracy buffs should like this one (was 9/11 an act of supernatural aggression?). And if you like your books to have some cred, then you might like the fact that Blood Oath was recently mentioned in the New York Times.
Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill — Each story in this collection of gritty/urban/realistic/dark fantasy short stories takes place in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. If you like to spend your summers indoors contemplating the dearth of joy in this world, then this book will be right up your alley. If my word doesn’t matter, then consider that the book won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, and also received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror edited by S. T. Joshi – This beautifully bound book collects amazing stories by fantastic horror writers like Ramsey Campbell and Caitlin Kiernan. It’s like a pretty Necronomicon, but just as scary. Indeed, this is a book that you will want to buy for your personal library after you’ve gently perused our copy and carefully returned it within the allotted timeframe.
This is just a snippet of some of the great new horror books that are available at CLP. In the next few months, you can look forward to the addition of even more great horror, including Caitlin Kiernan’s Ammonite Violin and Others, Stephen King’s Blockade Billy, and Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Lost Souls.