Ginger Nuts of Horror
Here are some books that I think you should all look out for.
In a coastal town on the Outer Carolina Banks, David Ribault and Merrill Poulnot are trying to revive their stale relationship and commit to marriage, and a slick developer claiming to be related to a historic town hero, Rawson Steele, has come to town and is buying up property. Steele makes a romantic advance on Merrill and an unusual 5 a.m appointment outside of town with David. But Steele is a no-show, and at the time of the appointment everyone in the town disappears, removed entirely from our space and time to a featureless isolated village - including Merrill and her young son. David searches desperately but all seems lost for Steele is in the other village with Merrill.
Based on the the opening chapter this appears to be a great mix of Lost with Bradbury like menace.
New York Times Best-selling author, Carl Hiaasen says “ (the book is )a kick-ass thriller that moves through Mexico like a scalded sidewinder. As always, Hjortsberg delivers wild surprises, cool chatter and raw, unforgettable scenes.”
His new novel, Mañana , takes readers on an exhilarating new ride—this time into Mexico after the Summer of Love.
The book opens up with the main character, Tod, who wakes up next to a dead prostitute remembering nothing of the night before except his first shot of heroin. He and his wife Linda were partying with their new neighbors, a gang of American ex-cons. Did Tod kill the woman or was he left behind as the fall guy? Convinced that his “friends” abducted Linda, Tod intends to do whatever it takes to get his wife back before making a run for the border.
Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges says "William Hjortsberg's, Mañana is a trip - one filled with suspense, blood & laughs”.
With fresh, vibrant characters, colorful dialogue, and seat-gripping action complete with chilling twists and a surprise ending, Mañana marks the return of a stylish thriller writer who brilliantly recreates a time and a place he witnessed himself.
Hjortsberg’s new thriller is an exciting page-turner that you won’t want to put down after you open it
'Dark, perverse, convincing and compassionate - Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone's Home is an extremely strong first novel' Toby Litt 'Before you know it, Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone's acutely observed characters get under your skin and you're living their lives. Home is magnetic, claustrophobic and chilling - an exceptional novel that will disturb and provoke me for a long time to come' Joseph D'Lacey, author of Meat 'A chilling depiction of evil made ordinary, Home is a compelling vision of a world not too distant from our own. The novel's rich everyday detail and perfectly realised characters makes the nightmare it depicts even more disturbing. I am reminded of Doris Lessing when I read Rebekah's work' Paul Blaney, author of The Anchoress and Handover 'Exquisitely written, Home is a compelling, gut-wrenching, raw novel. I loved this book and I can't stop thinking about the questions the novel asks of us all' Dr Heidi James-Dunbar, author and lecturer in creative writing at Kingston University 'Home is an unnerving novel that stays with you long after you have finished reading it...sometimes one requires something more substantial than the sweet lies of happy-ever-afters' Bookemstevo 'Rebekah Lattin-Rawstone's superbly chilling debut takes a universal subject - the fear of being old, abandoned and helpless - as the basis of a smart horror that serves both as a stinging indictment on how we treat the elderly in our society as well as a truly gripping story' Byte The Book Steve's wife, Fran, is dying. In her wisdom Fran suggests that Steve take a job as caretaker at the local care home, where he can forget his heartache in hard work. Alexa, the hard-edged manager, makes it clear that the caretaker must on no account enter the basement, and at first Steve keeps his head down and quietly goes about his duties. But as Fran's condition worsens and his relationship with his only son becomes more distant, Steve begins to uncover dark secrets at his workplace. As Steve grows closer to Milos, the young male nurse, he makes a shocking discovery that he cannot put out of his mind. It inspires him to play detective - with disastrous consequences.