Waiting for Wednesday: Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill

Book Synopsis:

“In this chilling stand-alone novel by the acclaimed David Macinnis Gill, sixteen-year-old Willow Jane discovers she has the ability to stop time, and witnesses an ancient evil infiltrating her Boston neighborhood and hunting her friends and family. This original and sinister spin on gothic tradition will appeal to fans of Asylum, American Horror Story: Coven, and The Walking Dead.

You cannot wake the Shadowless when she sleeps within my bed. Kiss the lips of the Shadowless and the morning finds you dead.

When a bolt of lightning causes a Boston-wide blackout on her sixteenth birthday, Willow Jane doesn’t think anything of it—until she begins stopping time, until she comes face-to-face with her menacing familiar, until her sister disappears. But these aren’t the only strange and horrifying things to come out of the storm. An ancient witch named the Shadowless has awoken and escaped from her crypt, and she’s looking for revenge on Willow Jane’s family.” 

Why I need it:

Personally I don’t think there is enough YA horror out there so when I see a new release in that genre that looks promising it goes straight on my to read list.

Honestly this book had me when the synopsis said it was for “fans of Asylum, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead” because I love 2 out of those 3 things. I am probably the only person in the world who hasn’t seen an episode of Walking Dead. When it comes to American Horror Story though I am a bit of a junkie.

The summary of this book that reminds of the Mara Dyer series. Another dark book where a teenage girl finds herself having sudden unexplained powers with a horror element. The Mara Dyer series might have had a disappointing ending but I will still always love the first and second books of the trilogy.

That cover is also seriously pretty. It is simple and impactful. And as someone who works in design that font made up of tiny twigs is just eye candy for me.

An interesting idea wrapped in a genre I want to read more from, Uncanny is one release I am looking forward to finally getting my hands on.

Uncanny is scheduled for release on the 5th of September 2017

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What is your favourite YA Horror novel? Maybe I will read and review it.

Waiting for Wednesday: Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Book Synopsis:

Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls “emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant.”

Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.”

Why I need it:

Firstly: This book probably has the prettiest cover I have seen on a new horror novel this year. (And I look at a lot of horror novel covers)

Secondly: Diversity is hard to find in horror fiction. When I read the premise I was interested. It reminded me of Coraline with all of the talk of doors, and I love Coraline, but when I found out it is written by a Native American and contains Native American characters it automatically went into my to-read list. I have never read a novel written by a Native American or containing Native American characters. (Unless you count Piper in the Rick Riordan books)

The problem with mainly reviewing horror and thriller novels is that you dont get to see a lot of diversity. Modern horror novels tend to focus on straight, suburban or small town, white Americans. I am normally not social justice preachy on here but I am not American or straight and I like reading varied narrations. The usual American stuff gets very same-y. This book seems like it might be different. Not only does the story sound decently creepy (because I hate the idea of undiscovered doors in my house) but also it adds some variety in a genre that is usually very set in its ways.

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Do you know any diverse dark books? Feel free to leave any suggestions because I am always looking to expand my to-read list.

Waiting for Wednesday: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Book Synopsis:

“When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there’s much she didn’t know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again – until now…”

Why I need it:

These internet horror and thriller novels have to keep coming. I love this trend. I know I said it in my Waiting for Wednesday for Dark Net, but I will say it again, I love internet themed horror and thriller fiction. I want to see more of them because I think the internet is an untapped source for thriller material.

I think the concept of this novel is very relatable. We all have that moment when an old acquaintance from school adds us on Facebook or follows us on Instagram. It fills us with curiosity. Why did they add you? What made you pop into their mind? Maybe they want to talk to you about something. We all think those things when we get that sort of friend request. Well, imagine the added element of knowing that the person has been missing for years. Now that sounds like a potentially brilliant novel.

Friend Request is scheduled for release on the 25th July 2017

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Waiting for it Wednesday: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

Book Synopsis:

“When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s back room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?”

Why I need it:

A mystery set in a bookshop, what more could you want?

I love books that are about books, writers or bookshops. I think it is because I am such a bookworm I love stories that are set in my own world. I can easily picture the sort of bookshop this novel is set in because my favourite bookshop has a back room that customers can easily walk into. A suicide in there is easy for me to visualise. And I was a bookseller myself once upon a time so that adds to the appeal of this novel. When you sell books you get to know your regulars very well.

I also have my usual reasoning for looking forward to this novel: I LOVE a good mystery. A novel like this I will fly through if it is well written because a good mystery novel reveals something in each chapter that raises more questions and keeps the reader hooked with that “just one more chapter” feeling. I hope this book delivers on that.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is scheduled for release on the 13th of June 2017

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Waiting for Wednesday: Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

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Book Synopsis:

“The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.”

Why I need it:

Child themes in a horror story, a return to a town from King’s older works and a short read. This novella sounds perfect.

I make no secret of not being a fan of Stephen King, hell I write a monthly blog series called A King Hater Reads King, so obviously I am not the biggest fan. This novella interests me though. I might not be the biggest King fan but I will admit to liking some of his shorter works, like Carrie, so I am going to give this book a chance.

I always find it interesting when two writers work together. It allows for their two styles of writing to come together and form something different, something neither writer could create on their own. Writer collaborations are one of my favourite things.

I have heard that this novella is set for a limited publication so snatch it up when you can.

Also, look at that cover!

Gwendy’s Button Box is scheduled for release on the 30th of May 2017.

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Waiting for Wednesday: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Book Synopsis:

“For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this!

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.”

Why I need it:

An adult comedy horror novel based on Scooby Doo? Sign me up!

I have a soft spot for horror satire and I have been looking for a similar read ever since I read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

The sheer idea of a group of teenage crime fighters now being adults is interesting. How did their teenage years effect their adult lives? Are they still friends? What made them stop hunting down villains? Those are all questions that I would love to see answered. Am I expecting a bit too much from this comedy novel? Probably, but either way, it sounds like a fun read all round.

Meddling Kids is expected for release on the 11th of July 2017. 

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