Entries in horror (3)
Readers' Annotation: Abraham Lincoln's secret life as a vampire hunter is revealed.
Summary: The story begins during present time, with an unsuccessful writer given the gift of a lifetime--the secret, personal journals of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Early in Lincoln's life, he realizes the bad things that have occured can be traced back to a vampire. He vows to kill all the vampires in the country. On his quest Lincoln encounters a vampire, Henry, that has a similar goal--to kill vampires. Like humans, there are good vampires as well as bad. Henry shares the weaknesses of vampires with Lincoln to train him to overcome the vampires' excessive strength. Lincoln remains true to his vow until he has a family, but he is drawn back into vampire hunting when the tensions between the North and South heat up.
Evaluation: Seth Grahame-Smith weaves together the real life of Abraham Lincoln with Graham-Smith's imagined one flawlessly. On more then one occassion, I had to remind myself I was reading a work of fiction. The author's writing style reinforced the feeling of a non-fiction book. I appreciated how much fact Graham-Smith intertwined within the fiction. Readers who weren't interested in the life Abraham Lincoln prior to reading this book may be inspired to read more on the real man. I think this book will draw historical fiction fans that want something a bit different as well as those drawn to the supernatural elements.
- Fantasy - Supernatural
- Horror - Supernatural
- Historical Fiction - Alternative History
If you like Abaham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter try...
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston
- The Stake by Richard Laymon
Readers' Annotation: Rock star, Judas Coyne, buys a ghost over the Internet.
Summary: Heavy metal rock star, Judas Coyne likes to collect weird things. His assistant finds a ghost that is available for purchase online. The ghost arrives in a heart-shaped box with a suit in it. With that purchase, Judas makes one of the biggest mistakes of his life. The ghost torments Judas and the people he cares about relentlessly, driving him to abandon his house in hopes of out running the ghost that now belongs to him.
Evaluation: As an adult, I haven't read horror fiction; I can't say that Heart-Shaped Box made me want to change that behavior. I thought it was well written, but I can't seem to suspend belief long enough to get into it enough to get scared and feel the emotions of the characters. The main issue I had with this novel is that the ending seemed to be too neat and tidy for the chaos that was the book. It had a happy ending, which I am usually all for, but for this book it just didn't seem to fit.
If you like Heart-Shaped Box try...
- Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
- Horns by Joe Hill
- Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Readers' Annotation: A small North Carolina town must come together in order to survive An Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) device.
Summary: The enemies of the United States used an Electromagnetic Pulse device to cripple anything that uses electricity, anything with a microchip. John Matherson is a veteran and military historian living in Black Mountain, North Carolina. John and his family moved to Black Mountain after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. He retired from active duty military service taking a position at the local college so that they could be closer to her family in the place where she grew-up. Four years after her death, John continues to live there with his daughters and dogs. Black Mountain community leaders rely heavily on John's military background to develop a plan for survival. With each new discovery, John and the community leaders face they must reset their priorities and do things they would never have imagined doing before.
Evaluation: The author, William R. Fortschen, creates a believable world in which readers can be horrified along with the characters as their new life unfolds. I felt like I could emerse myself in this book. The one thing that was unbelievable was that there so many people in the area with the needed skills and expertise to make the tough and wise decisions. I think this novel could be a gateway for readers to other Apocalyptic Fiction. The book would make a great group discussion choice with a multitude of topics to discuss.
- Science Fiction - Apocalyptic Fiction
- Horror - Apocalyptic Fiction
If you like Apocalyptic Fiction try...
- Pure by Julianna Baggott
- The Drought (also known as The Burning World) by J.G. Ballard
- Without Warning by John Birmingham
- The Postman by David Brin
- The Pesthouse by Jim Crace
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- World Made By Hand by James Howard Kenstler
- Our American King by David Lozell Martin
- Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
- Download Apocalyptic Fiction Bookmark [PDF] compiled by Becky Rech