All Time Faves: Contemporary Horror Fiction

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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
By Brooks, Max
2007-10 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
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Brooks, author of the straight-faced parody "The Zombie Survival Guide," tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts by various characters around the world. …More

The Passage The Passage
By Cronin, Justin
2011-05 - Ballantine Books
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FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he's done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. Brad is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey. …More

House of Leaves House of Leaves
By Danielewski, Mark Z.
Introduction by Truant, Johnny
2000-03 - Pantheon Books
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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams. …More

Lunar Park Lunar Park
By Ellis, Bret Easton
2006-08 - Vintage Books USA
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From the author of "Less Than Zero" comes a work that confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting psychological and supernatural horror toward an astonishing resolution. It's a novel about love and loss, fathers and sons, in what is surely the most original and moving novel of an extraordinary career. …More

Sharp Objects Sharp Objects
By Flynn, Gillian
2007-07 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
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After eight years, the murders of two preteen girls--timed nearly a year apart--bring reporter Camille Preaker back to her hometown. As she works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, Camille finds herself forced to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past. …More

Pandemonium Pandemonium
By Gregory, Daryl
2008-08 - Ballantine Books
9780345501165 Check our catalog

A brilliant debut novel from a rising star in fantasy and science fiction, this modern fantasy is a wild ride through the American cultural landscape. …More

Horns Horns
By Hill, Joe
2011-03 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061147968 Check our catalog

The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Heart-Shaped Box" returns with a relentless new supernatural thriller. Hill spins a story that's both morbidly amusing and emotionally resonant.--"Publishers Weekly." …More

The Drowning Girl The Drowning Girl
By Kiernan, Caitlin R.
2012-03 - Roc
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The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
By Kirkman, Robert
Author Moore, Tony
Illustrator Moore, Tony
2006-09 - Image Comics
9781582406725 Check our catalog

Statements of responsibility vary from issue to issue. …More

The Taking The Taking
By Koontz, Dean R.
2005-04 - Bantam
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In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears--and best dreams. In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under siege, and the terrifying battle for survival waged by a young couple and their neighbors as familiar streets become fog-shrouded death traps. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant in the face of mankind's darkest hour, here is a small-town slice-of-doomsday thriller that strikes to the core of each of us to ask: What would you do in the midst of The Taking.
On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.
As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their neighbors to deal with community damage...but also because they feel the need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot identify or even imagine.
In the night, strange noises arise, and at adistance, in the rain and the mist, mysterious lights are seen drifting among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn, but a moody gray-purple twilight prevails. Soon Molly, Niel, and their small band of friends will be forced to draw on reserves of strength, courage, and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to their world--something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main Street and showcases the talents of one of our most original and mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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The Missing The Missing
By Langan, Sarah
2007-09 - Harper
9780060872915 Check our catalog

BookPage Notable Title
2007 Bram Stoker- Novel Winner

In Langans stunning follow-up to her first novel "The Keeper," an ancient but still contagious plague that transforms its victims into something inhuman is unleashed upon the small community of Corpus Christi, Maine, and the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul. Original. …More

The Bottoms The Bottoms
By Lansdale, Joe R.
2010-12 - Vintage Books USA
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When young Harry Collins finds the mutilated body of a black woman bound to a tree with barbed wire, he and his younger sister suspect the legendary Goat Man, who is said to lurk under the swinging bridge crossing Texas's Sabine River. The creature holds the key to a string of brutal murders--and a chilling truth. A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year". …More

Little Star Little Star
By Ajvide Lindqvist, John
Translator Delargy, Marlaine
2012-10 - Thomas Dunne Books
9780312620516 Check our catalog

Reviewers have crowned Lindqvist the heir apparent to Stephen King, and now he officially claims his throne. A man finds a baby in the woods and teaches the child music. Soon, a terrible force is ignited that catapults her to a top spot in the horror Hall of Fame. …More

Haunted Haunted
By Palahniuk, Chuck
2006-04 - Anchor Books
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Made up of 23 of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales readers will ever encounter, "Haunted" is Palahniuk at his finest--which means his most extreme and his most provocative. …More

The Devil All the Time The Devil All the Time
By Pollock, Donald Ray
2011-07 - Doubleday Books
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Pollock first triumphed with his story collection, "Knockemstiff" about the Midwestern town of that name where he grew up and its sad but tough residents. Here he moves on to full-length fiction with a terse examination of America's violent underbelly. …More

Nocturnal Nocturnal
By Sigler, Scott
2013-01 - Broadway Books
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No serial killer could be responsible for the seemingly impossible DNA evidence or the gory prophetic dreams Detective Klausner keeps having. Ultimately, his investigation will unveil a race of killers that lurks beneath San Francisco's streets in this twisted urban fantasy. …More

The Ruins The Ruins
By Smith, Scott
2007-07 - Vintage Books USA
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Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything theyve ever known in this national bestseller. A long scream of horror. It does for Mexican vacations what "Jaws" did for New England beaches.--Stephen King. …More

The Terror The Terror
By Simmons, Dan
2009-01 - Little Brown and Company
9780316008075 Check our catalog

Based on the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during the Sir John Franklin Expedition in 1845, "The Terror" is a deeply absorbing story that combines awe-inspiring myth, grinding horror, and historically accurate adventure ("Seattle Times"). …More

A Dark Matter A Dark Matter
By Straub, Peter
2011-02 - Anchor Books
9781400096725 Check our catalog

This electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel will satisfy Straub's many ardent fans and win him legions more. By revisiting an evil act that happened years ago, a man may awaken more than he intended--and he may get what he deserves. …More

John Dies at the End John Dies at the End
By Wong, David
2010-09 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312659141 Check our catalog

David Wong has updated the Lovecraft tradition and infused it with humor that rather than lessening the horror, increases it dramatically. Engaging, comic, and terrifying.--Joe Garden, Features Editor, "The Onion." …More