Blood Groove, by Alex Bledsoe

bloodgrooveTitle: Blood Groove

Author: Bledsoe, Alex (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 304 pages, Paperback List Price $19.99, Audiobook List Price $20.97, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780765321961, 9780765323088, 9780765361615, 9781429956574

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Urban fantasy, flawed characters, creepy, steamy, violent, dialect-filled, gritty

Why I picked it up: It seemed like a good book for Halloween.

S.I.A.S.: Sixty years after his “death,” vampire Rudolfo Zginski wakes up in 1970s-era Memphis, Tennessee.

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Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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The Graveyard Apartment, by Mariko Koike

graveyardapartmentTitle: The Graveyard Apartment

Author: Koike, Mariko (No website in English)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Thomas Dunne Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $25.99, ISBNs 9781250060549, 9781466865822

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Rating: ★★☆☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Ghost story, flawed characters, unlikable characters, intense pace, atmospheric, menacing, compelling

Why I picked it up: I saw a review that described this as “horror for wimps.” As a wimp who loves horror, that sounded right up my alley.

S.I.A.S.: Not everyone would be comfortable living next to a cemetery — and the Kano family shouldn’t be, either.

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North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud

northamericanlakemonstersTitle: North American Lake Monsters

Author: Ballingrud, Nathan (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, short stories

Bibliographic: Small Beer Press, 205 pages, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $19.95, ISBNs 9781618730596, 9781618730602, 9781618730619

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Haunting, disturbing, melancholy, lyrical

Why I picked it up: It’s almost October, so I was in the mood for something spooky, and I head that this collection was absolutely terrifying.

S.I.A.S.: This creepy short story collection examines monsters and love.

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The Devil in Silver, by Victor LaValle

devilinsilverTitle: The Devil in Silver

Author: LaValle, Victor (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, Psychological Suspense

Bibliographic: Spiegel & Grau, 412 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $34.99, ISBNs 9781400069866, 9780812982251, 9780679604860

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡(The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Fast-paced, disturbing, melancholy, compelling

Why I picked it up: I got it as a part of a surprise subscription box, and thought the combination of an actual monster with the powerlessness of a mental institution would make a good mix of things to discuss.

S.I.A.S.: Pepper doesn’t belong in this mental institution, and will do almost anything to escape the monster inside.

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