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Everybody loves a good story. Me? I like the scary kind. Epics featuring giant man-eating crustaceans? I’m your guy. Apocalyptic tales of global vampirism? You betcha, bub.

I’ve always been a horror guy and in the last few years that passion has been focused on movies (as evidenced by my old blog Omega Channel and my late lamented Killer B’s on DVD feature on Cinematical.com), but I had lost track of how awesome a good scary book can be.

Then a few months ago when my wife got me a Nook for my birthday. The Nook, of course, is Barnes & Nobles entry in the eBook reader sweepstakes. There’s no longer any need to kill a tree to read a good book, you can just download it directly to this little hand-held device (or to any one of The Nook’s competitors) and you’re off and running. I have the 3G version so I can access the Barnes & Noble store through Wifi or via an AT&T cell phone signal. One of my favorite features is the ability to download a sample of just about any book available, cutting down on that “oh God, what have I done” feeling you get when you realize you’ve paid hard-earned cash for a book that would be put to better use starting a camp fire.

A few Nook Books later I realized I was in this for the long haul. Not only did I want to see what horror novels were available in ebook format, but I wanted to finally tackle all those real world books that had been piling up and I’ve realized how much more pleasant my morning commute is when I have an audio book to listen to.

The main focus of this blog will be my reviews of horror fiction in print, digital or audio formats. I’m taking a scattershot approach here, tackling books both old and new, both revered and schlocky. Let’s get started, shall we?

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  1. Sam West-Mensch says:

    Review Jonathan Maberry’s DEAD OF NIGHT?

    NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry has a new zombie novel coming out Oct 25. DEAD OF NIGHT –St. Martin’s Griffin.

    The publisher has a few review copies of the book on hand and would like to give them to reviewers who truly understand the zombie genre. The book will be premiered at ZOMBCON in Seattle and will be featured in a 2-hour History Channel special on zombies that will air Oct. 26.

    If you’re interested in being considered for a review copy, please let me have a snail mail address and I’ll pass it along to the publicist at St. Martin’s.

    Here’s the jacket text for DEAD OF NIGHT:
    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious.

    Small town cop Dez Fox and her partner JT are caught in a wave of murder as everyone they know and love die…only to rise again as the ravenous living dead. If Dez and JT can’t contain the plague inside the town limits, the infection will spread beyond all control.

    This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang…but a bite.

    Praise for DEAD OF NIGHT:
    “Jonathan Maberry is the top gun when it comes to zombies, and with DEAD OF NIGHT, he’s at the top of his game. Frankly, I’m shocked by how effortlessly he moves between the lofty intellectual heights of T.S. Eliot’s poetry and the savage carnality of the kill. DEAD OF NIGHT develops with the fevered pace of a manhunt, and yet still manages to hit all the right notes. Strap in, because Maberry’s latest is one hell of a wild ride. I loved it.” – Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and FLESH EATERS

    “Jonathan Maberry has created an homage to death itself and an homage to the undead that is as poetic as it is terrifying. It’s a brand new and intriguingly fresh slant on the zombie genre that we all love!” -John A. Russo co-screenwriter of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

    “Maberry is a master at writing scenes that surge and hum with tension. The pacing is relentless. He presses the accelerator to the floor and never lets up, taking you on a ride that leaves your heart pounding. It’s almost impossible to put this book down. Dead of Night is an excellent read.” —S.G. Browne, author of BREATHERS

    “It would be enough to say that Jonathan Maberry had topped himself yet again with an epic zombie novel that is as much fun as it is terrifying. But that he has also created a story of such tremendous heart and social relevance only further cements his place as a master of the genre. It also doesn’t hurt that in DEAD OF NIGHT he has created one of the most compelling heroines I’ve read in years. Dead of Night blew me away!” –Ryan Brown – Author of PLAY DEAD

    “Once again, Jonathan Maberry does what he does best; Take proven science, synthesize it and create something truly terrifying. In DEAD OF NIGHT, Maberry lays the groundwork for a Bioweapon that could very well create zombies in the real world. Combining great characters (I fell in love with Dez Fox from the moment she was introduced) and taut, blindingly fast action, DEAD OF NIGHT, is a runaway bullet train of a ride. This is Jonathan Maberry’s best writing yet.” –Greg Schauer, owner Between Books, Claymont, DE

    “Dead of Night stands drooped head and lurching shoulders above most zombie novels. The nightmare increases exponentially – from minor outbreak to major crisis with unstoppable speed, building to a heart-stopping climax you won’t be able to put down.” –David Moody, author of the HATER and AUTUMN books

    Best Regards,

    Sam West-Mensch
    Orion Nova Buzz Promotions

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