Let talk about scary books!
I know this posting probably seems like it would be more appropriate for October but I just read the new R.L Stine novel, Red Rain, and it got me thinking about my favorite scary books. My all-time favorite author, that consistently give me the creeps and makes me scared to read my book in the dark, is none other than Blake Crouch.
I first stepped into the scary world he created, in Desert Places (2004). I had never read a book that scared me and kept me sucked in quite like this one. I eagerly read the next two books in his Andrew Z. Thomas series, Locked Doors (2005) and Stirred (2012). What a completely horrifying and exhilarating ride that was! He definitely tops my scare-o-meter.
I was excited to read the new R.L. Stine since when I was younger I was a huge fan of his Goosebumps series. Red Rain was an entertaining read however, thanks to Mr. Crouch, I can say that I wasn’t as terrified as I’ve come accustom to when reading horror novels. In a hope to step things up in the scary department, I’ve recently picked up Ash by James Herbert. Daily Mail of the U.K. says “Guaranteed to give you nightmares.” One can only hope, I’ll have to find out how many sleepless nights I’ll have from this terror. The Daily Mirror of the U.K. says “The kind of horror story where you think things can’t get any more grim-then they do….A ghoulishly compelling page-turner.” I’m getting pretty excited about this one.
I hope to finish the novel within the next week and will be sure to let you know where it rates on my scare-o-meter. Personally, I am hoping that it gives Blake Crouch a run for his money, I love a good scare.
Who is your favorite “scare master”?
See Jack run.
Run Jack, run.
Run for your life!
Last week Blake Crouch shared his new novel with me. RUN is now available only as an eBook (we’d love to produce a hardcover edition for collectors. . .more later). I downloaded it and started reading it on Sunday evening. I finished it at 1:06 pm on Monday, and five minutes later I had Blake on the phone.
“Wow, you are really twisted! What a ride. I read it in one sitting”
I’d tell you more about our conversation, but it would reveal too much of the story and serve to spoil your reading. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a high impact read. Blood, gore, violence, and unrelenting suspense ring my bell. This story has it all.
I know that Blake and David Morrell are friends, and the ultimate compliment that I can offer is that the story is somewhat reminiscent of Morrell’s classic, Testament, which I told David is the most depressing book I ever read.
I first discovered Blake with the release of his first book, (more…)
(John Hutchinson, Nov. 10, 2008)
A couple of years ago a friend turned me on to an author named Blake Crouch. His first book, Desert Places, a genuine edge-of-your seat thriller, just blew me away. It turns and twists as you live the horror of a man tormented by a serial killer, framed for his unbelievable acts of psychotic cruelty. It’s not horror novel, at least it’s not delegated to that genre, but it is a mystery with the suspense and terror only expected from the masters of that field.
Next, came Locked Doors, a sequel that made the original tame by comparison.
We came to know Blake and were pleased to promote these books. The response was incredible, as our friends and customers discovered an amazing (more…)