31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 22 – THE RAW SHARK TEXTS by Steven Hall

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


A man wakes up with amnesia and learns through clues he left himself, that he is being hunted by a “conceptual shark.” The “shark” is hunting the concept of him and if caught, will devour his memories and his sense of self.

This is a really weird and bizarre work of pulp adventure that leans heavy into surrealism and meta-fiction. As the story goes on, the “shark” itself begins to interact with the reader and begins to hunt them. The way this is expressed in the story is totally ingenious as the text itself beings to change as the “shark” comes closer.

This may all sound a little pretentious and hard to follow but the book is presented in an extremely readable style. It reads more like a work of mainstream thriller fiction than an abstract literary bore. But make no mistake, the villain of this book is a monster and the plots goes to places that fit this into the horror genre.

It’s just disappointing that Steven Hall has not written any more books since THE RAW SHARK TEXTS was published in 2007. Instead, he’s worked on DOCTOR WHO audio dramas and video games. Which is really cool but I would like to read another novel from Hall.

You can buy this book here.

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



CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook


WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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