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Author Match Maker – October – Seeking Horror

Change of Name

I’ve decided to change Mystery Book of the Month with something less confusing. Many people I talked to thought I was going to review an actual mystery book. Brandy and I discussed this in length and decided to go in a different direction. Each month I’ll be reading and writing on a theme. This month: Horror.

Horror is not exactly my area of expertise, but it’s always great to experiment with something different. Those who follow my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds know that I’ve been reading the Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft. I’m using this for inspiration for my next writing pieces.

As you know, I’ve fallen behind in posting stories on here, but this month it won’t be a problem. A part of the content I’ll be writing will be part of my current University course named Online Writing. This way I can work on my posts and university work at the same time. This new direction means I’m postponing the next few parts of Steel Eagle, however, after October I’ll have more time to focus on the story.

But back to this month’s book review.

Author Match Maker is a play on the ‘Blind Date with a Book’ gimmick, but with a cheeky twist. Also, I couldn’t find a horror book in the Blind Date sections of my local bookstores.

So without further ado, I present…

Author Match Maker

 

Thirty-year-old Science Fiction writer seeks: Horror

I’m getting a little tired of science fiction at the moment. I know, I know it’s always been there for me when I’ve needed it, but I’m just a little tired of the same old same old, you know. I just want to be thrilled this month. Something to keep me under the blankets, if you know what I mean. Don’t get me wrong, sci-fi gives me a sweet thrill with its action sequences and questioning the moralities of modern thinking, but sometimes a reader just wants to be wooed by something dark and mysterious.

At the moment, I’m reading a few cheeky quickie horror stories by Lovecraft, the Horror Granddaddy but I needed a book I could get my hands all over, a book that can build up the tension, a little horror foreplay if you will. So it was off to the bookstore with me to find myself a horror. (How Exciting!)

 

Swipe Left!

I looked at the Horror section, a small shelf next to sci-fi and fantasy. I tried not to look at them as it would make me feel a little guilty. The first thing I noticed was half the books in the horror section were Stephen King’s. Now I’ve been with Stephen King before, the Daddy of Horror. He knows how to treat a reader right, but I was looking for someone fresh, someone I hadn’t read before. Then this caught my eye.

Swipe Left
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

 

As you can see, the front cover caught my attention. Its cover looked intriguing. Definitely something about zombies. Unfortunately, that’s when I saw it. It was read and loved by another author, Stephanie Myer. Then I read the back. A ZOMBIE LOVE STORY.

NO THANK YOU!

I’m not against the mixture of horror and romance, but it’s just not for me. I want something that will keep me up in the middle of the night, just not in that way. I wanted old school horror, but not too old.

 

BILR – (Book I Like to Read)

And that’s when I saw it.

BILR
The Ritual by Adam Nevill

 

You could say I fell in love. It looked and sounded so dark and mysterious.

In the forests of Scandinavia, an ancient presence starts its nightmare hunt once again.

YES! This was exactly what I was looking for. A dark horror story I can get my hands all over. I know this book has been out for a while, and that a movie has been made of it, but it’s new to me.

I’m looking forward to seeing if it can give me the thrill I’m looking for. Only time will tell.

Happy Reading to you all.

Matt.

 

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See last month’s review of Dune by Frank Herbert here.

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