Winter’s snow is melting and spring is finally in the air as the frozen earth begins to thaw. With a couple slow months of new releases behind us, here is hoping that April will bring a fresh batch of new books to help occupy our time until summer.
DarkFuse only has two books on the schedule for April but both novels are very good. “After Midnight” by Allan Leverone is a sequel to “Mr. Midnight” and is one of the rare times that a sequel surpasses the original. Leverone takes one of the most evil villains to inhabit a horror novel in recent years and turns him into something much worse. This is a quick and scary read that should not be missed. DarkFuse’s other April novel, “The Dunfield Terror” by William Meikle, is every bit as scary as “After Midnight” but in a much different and slimier way. If you have not read Meikle yet, you are really missing out. This Lovecraftian horror novel is one of the better novels of the mythos that I have read in a while and is sure to have the reader keeping the lights on long after bedtime. Both of these novels are scary and original and are further proof that DarkFuse is the best publisher of dark fiction today.
ChiZine Publications has two novels scheduled for release in April. The first is “Against a Darkening Sky” by Lauren B. Davis. The novel is set in the 7th century and is about the collision of the ancient beliefs and Christianity and the turmoil that comes from a clash of beliefs and an emerging power in the world. The other novel is one that I am excited about. Nick Cutter is a pen name for Craig Davidson, who has also written under the name Patrick Lestewka, and “The Acolyte” is the story of a policeman tasked with wiping out all instances of heretical belief. This job is complicated by turmoil in both the policeman’s personal and professional lives as well as his own changing religious beliefs. Davidson is a very talented writer and his books are always something to look forward to no matter what name he writes them under.
Samhain Publishing has a full slate of four horror books scheduled for release in April. “Anatomy of Evil” by Brian Pinkerton is a very good novel about a group of friends who see their vacation turn into hell on Earth not only for them but for the world as well. “Boom Town” by Glenn Rolfe is a creepy novella about a UFO sighting and its continuing ramifications years later as the aliens have taken root in a small town. Keith Ferrario’s “Monster” is a somewhat disjointed novel about a monster in an research station in Antarctica and its impact on the outside world years later which is worth the read even if the two halves of the novel do not fit seamlessly together. Lastly, “The Skintaker” by Frazier Lee is the story of a young girl’s journey into the heart of the Amazon as well as into the darkness of the human mind. “Boom Town” and “Anatomy of Evil” are the stars of the group but all four book are well worth reading.
April 7 brings a new thriller by Jo Nesbo, “Blood on Snow,” about a hitman who comes to realize that he may be his boss’ next target when he learns a little too much about his boss’ business. . . and falls in love with his wife. Jump forward to April 21 for “Memory Man” by David Baldacci about a man with a perfect memory who must solve his own family’s murder. A trio of book arrive on April 28th including “Your Next Breath” by Iris Johansen that tells the tale of a woman who starts a new life only to find that her past is coming to hunt her down. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford is the 25th novel in the Lucas Davenport series while Jane Smiley brings us “Early Warning” about a family’s struggles with the changes taking place in the middle of the 20th century in the heartland of America.
That is pretty much it for April. Not a lot to look for from the mainstream presses but the independent press is there to pick us up again and ensure that we have a lot of good fiction to read. My one pick to read in April has to be “The Dunwich Terror” by William Meikle. This is really a superb novel that is full of both suspense and terror. It is a novel that is not to be missed.