That’s right. I have a book addiction. I admit it. I’m a huge book nerd, and I have been for as long as I can remember. I actually learned to read when I was only three years old. My grandmother has a video of me reading my birthday card. I only needed help pronouncing one word. Pretty good for a three-year-old, if I do say so myself. My passion for reading continued well into adulthood. I now read between three and six books a week. I don’t discriminate. I read all genres, but my favorite is horror, of course. Any and every book I can get my hands on. I’m a book junkie, always on the lookout for my next fix.
What are some of my favorite books you may ask? Believe it or not, one of my favorite books of all time is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I don’t actually read a lot of romance, but this is a classic and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you do so. If I had to pick my favorite author, though, I would have to say Richard Laymon, hands down. I love the way he sucks you into his stories and doesn’t let go until the very last page. Some of my favorite novels by him include: Island, Blood Games, and Endless Night. I also enjoy reading Steven King. My favorites were The Stand, Cell, and The Talisman (written with Peter Straub). When I was younger, long before I discovered King or Laymon, I enjoyed reading Dean Koontz. If I had to pick my favorite, I would say One Door Away from Heaven.
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a membership on Amazon Unlimited for my birthday. Since then, I have been in a reading frenzy. I wish I had gotten it sooner. I didn’t know so much work by my favorite authors was available, plus all the new content from as yet undiscovered authors. I read six books last week. I started with Laymon. So far, I’ve read Into the Fire, Island, and I just started reading Bite. Into the Fire was a real page-turner that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I loved the ending. I had already read Island, but I enjoy rereading books if it’s been a long time since I read them.
I also decided to check out some of Jack Ketchum’s work and was not disappointed. I had only ever read the short story he wrote in Triage. Now, I’m certain I have found another favorite author. I found his stories darker than either King or Laymon in a very good way. I started with Off Season. Man, oh man, was this a great story. Its fast paced and well-written, and the characters are engaging and original. I immediately bought and started reading the sequel, Offspring, as soon as I finished. It was just as good as the first book, but the ending wasn’t as good as the first one, in my opinion. I highly recommend both books and can’t wait to read more by the author.
Another novel I read last week was Mother Maggot by Simon McHardy. I had never read any of his work and wasn’t sure what I was getting into. It was wow, just wow. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the whole thing. I only wish it could have been longer. For extreme horror fans, I can’t recommend this book enough. Buy it. Read it. You won’t regret it. The story is definitely memorable, and I enjoyed every second I spent reading it. The last book I read was Modern Mythmakers by Michael McCarty, which contained 35 interviews with horror and science fiction writers and filmmakers. This book is a treasure trove of information, and I really enjoyed learning more about some of my favorite authors and other giants in the horror genre. The best part of the book was the invaluable advice given for beginning authors. Mr. McCarty has a real talent for interviewing people.
This week I started reading Welcome to the Splatter Club edited by K. Trap Jones. I’ve only had a chance to read the first story so far. I’m also finishing Laymon’s Bite. I thought I had read it before but was happy to discover that I hadn’t. I will tell you more about these books when I finish them. If you enjoyed these reviews, please visit again. I will try to start posting book reviews every week. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend. I have more reading to do and more books on my reading list than I could ever hope to finish. Wish me luck! -E.B.