31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 15 – A GOD OF HUNGRY WALLS by Garrett Cook

October 15, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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Garrett Cook is one of the best genre writers out there right now and he’s also one of my very best friends. We met at the very first BizarroCon in ’08 and he ended up crashing at my place for two weeks after the con. Ever since he and I have been close friends and we’ve worked on many projects together.

A few years ago, Garrett moved to Portland and, for his first few months in town, he crashed at my house. There were many nights that Garrett and I stayed up late drinking and smoking and talking about horror. Specifically, we were talking about what we’d like to see in an extreme horror novel that we’d never seen before. We’ve all seen rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia in books before, but what were the more “unique” directions could someone go with coming up with new extreme horror scenarios?

From those conversations, A GOD OF HUNGRY WALLS was born.

The novel is a brilliant deconstruction and reconstruction of haunted house tropes told in a way that I’ve never seen anyone else ever do before. The entire story is told from the perspective of the haunted house itself. As a haunted house nerd, I was totally sold on the idea when Garrett first pitched it to me for Deadite Press. I’m pleased to say that it’s one of my personal favorite projects that I’ve been involved in over my ten years in publishing.

You can buy this book here.

I’m also pleased to announce that today is the release day for Garrett Cook’s newest book for Deadite Press; CRISIS BOY. It’s a fucked-up and demented novel about conspiracies, mass-shootings, government secrets, and how love can mess up the best-laid plans. It’s another mind-bender from who I believe to be one of the most original voices in current genre fiction.

Click here to read CRISIS BOY.

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Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 14 – THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum

October 14, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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This one is fucking grim.

No, seriously, if you haven’t read this before you have to know going in that this is widely considered one of the most fucked-up and disturbing novels ever written in the horror genre.

Ketchum made a career straddling the line between true-crime and horror. Many of his stories and novels were loosely based on real-life occurrences. This book was based on the murder of Sylvia Likens (the real-life case if much worse than what the book depicts).

This novel is only for the fans of the extremely fucked-up shit. Seriously. If you think an Eli Roth movie or an entree in the SAW series is hardcore, you are NOT ready for this book.

This is as dark as it gets and I love it.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 13 – IT by Stephen King

October 13, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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Easily the masterpiece from the most successful horror author to have thus far lived. I’m what I’d call a casual King fan—I’ve read about 45 of his books but I wouldn’t consider him one of my favorites. Some of the stories I’ve loved, some I didn’t like at all. But IT is something very special.

Many people know the story from both of the film adaptations. While the movies are OK, one huge difference that makes the book way more fun to me is that It doesn’t appear as a clown too often in the book. Almost every scene with the monster has It assuming a different form with a vast majority of them being based on horror movie monsters. This novel is King’s tribute to all the afternoons he spent as a kid watching monster matinees.

In addition to being a monster fest, King uses the “haunted” town of Derry to explore sexism, abuse, homophobia, racism, poverty, and other forms of real-world cruelty.

While there is a fair criticism that the book could use 200 to 300 pages edited out (I agree with this), the book is still tightly packed with one imaginative scene of horror after another. I first read this novel with I was a kid and I really identified with the child sections of the book. When I revisited the novel last year, I found myself being more impacted by the abstract horrors the adults face. There are not many works of horror that encompass so many different aspects of the genre or play on so many different kinds of fears.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 12 – THE BLOODY CHAMBER AND OTHER STORIES by Angela Carter

October 12, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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Another book from an author that I rarely hear mentioned in horror circles. She’s more known for her magical realism works but I firmly argue that this collection falls well within the borders of the horror genre. There’s werewolves, vampires, and even killer cats running around this whole thing.

This book is a collection of short surreal horror stories that are written deconstructions of classic fairy tales such as “Bluebeard” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Carter brings out the sexuality, body horror, and gender commentary that is inherent to the original stories but she ramps it up to eleven. The stories are sensual, weird, gory, and insightful all at once.

Several of these stories were also adapted into the surreal horror anthology flick, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. It’s really fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. It features my second favorite werewolf transformation scene of all-time (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is number one, of course).

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 11 – THE STORE by Bentely Little

October 11, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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When I was in college, Brian Keene came to the local library for a reading. Afterwards, a bunch of fans (including myself), went out with Keene for dinner and drinks. While there we talked about various horror novels and authors. Keene brought up Little and I mentioned I had never read any of his work. He recommended I start with THE STORE and I did.

Oh man, did I love it.

Basically it the book is about a Wal-Mart-like corporation that is run by Satanists. The main character gets a job there and begins to work up the corporate ladder. As he goes higher in the company, some really fucked-up shit happens.

I’ve now read a lot of Little (DOMINION and THE UNIVERSTIY are other great ones) but THE STORE is still my favorite work by him. A fantastic combination of social commentary and crazy horror.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 10 – THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells

October 10, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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My all-time favorite novel from my all-time favorite author. While THE WAR OF THE WORLDS is commonly grouped in with classics of science-fiction, I think that there’s enough terror, destruction, and desperation to also place it as a classic of horror.

Everyone knows the basic plot of the story—Martians are invading Earth and wiping out the human race with giant walking metal machines (referred to as the “tripods” as they walk on three metal legs). However, I find when talking with people that most are more familiar with the various film adaptations and the infamous radio drama than they are with the original novel.

In the novel, Wells paints a bleak and savage extermination of mankind. People are burned alive, drown, and crushed with little to no hope of being able to fight back against the invaders. My personal favorite scene in the book (that rarely is in the adaptations and when it is, it’s dramatically toned down) deals with two steamships attempting to evacuate refugees that are attacked by tripods. It culminates with a steamship going on a suicide mission against the tripods to buy time for people to escape. It’s one of the only glimpses of hope in the story and yet, even then, it involves many people dying just to buy time for others to run.

I’ve come across criticisms of ending. Some find the whole Martians dying by germs conclusion to be anti-climatic compared the rest of the story. I think it fits perfectly. The attack from the Martians has nothing to do with humanity and the end of the war has nothing to do with humanity. In many ways, this is playing with Lovecraftian ideas of cosmic horror decades before Lovecraft. Humans just don’t matter and we’re little more than a nuisance in the grand scheme of the universe.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 9 – BRAIN CHEESE BUFFET by Edward Lee

October 9, 2018

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

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This is a very special book to me. It was the very first Deadite project that I oversaw. Deadite existed at Eraserhead Press before me but it hadn’t been used for any projects for years. Shortly after joining the Eraserhead team, I pitched the idea of a collection of Edward Lee’s rare and then super hard and expensive to find short stories to both them and Lee. Everyone said yes.

When I talked to Lee about the project, I came with a list of stories in mind. He agreed to the stories I wanted to reprint and also sent over a bunch more (those became BULLET THROUGH YOUR FACE). So what you read in this collection is what I considered at the time to be the best and most extreme Edward Lee short stories. I only say “at the time” because he’s written more and I’ve read more. There are some pretty great ones in his other collections.

Lee is one of the greatest gross-out writers to have ever lived and this collection proves why. When we were working on the book at the Eraserhead Press office, Rose O’Keefe was proof-reading a story. When you read with proofing in mind you see the words but the full story doesn’t really register to you. You’re more focused on and seeing grammar and spelling. There was one story in which she was half-way through when it fully registered in her mind what was happening and she started gagging. It was “the Dritiphilist.”

This book is my handpicked favorite stories by one of my all-time favorite authors, my first book with Deadite Press, and one of the books that put Deadite at the forefront of extreme and hardcore horror.

Fun fact – “Grub Girl in the Prison of Dead Women” was made into a porn that was financed by Danzig. So far it’s the only Deadite story that has been made into a porn. I sincerely hope it’s not the last.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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