October is rolling in and along with it comes the perfect weather to sit inside and watch the falling leaves while enjoying a good book. October also brings Halloween and the perfect backdrop for a terrifying tale. Here is a look ahead at what is heading to a bookstore (either real or online) in the month of October.
October will bring the normal three releases from DarkFuse and the feature novel of the month is generating substantial buzz even before it is released. “Factory Town” by Jon Bassoff is a nightmarish trip into the dark side of the human existence. When Russell Carver goes to Factory Town to search for a missing girl, he finds much more than he bargains for as he comes face to face with its citizens who all hide a violent secret that seems ready to explode. Unfortunately for Russell, the secret of Factory Town may be much more personal than it first appears. “Surrogate” by David Bernstein explores just how far one woman will go to get the thing she most desires and what happens when she comes face to face with another woman who will go to desperate lengths to protect her own. “The Last Mile” by Tim Waggoner is a shocking and brutal novella about a post-apocalyptic world in which select humans serve the Masters for the privilege of surviving in a Lovecraftian-inspired wasteland. All three of these book will leave the reader too scared to turn off the lights as well as reflecting on what humanity really is and just how dark the shadows of the mind can become.
ChiZine Publications has five books scheduled for an October release on their website with some of these having been previously listed for release earlier in the year but now scheduled for October. “The Year’s Best Weird Fiction” edited by Laird Barron is an anthology of strange and speculative tales that really cannot be classified within a specific genre and thus are often overlooked. With stories by authors such as W.H. Pugmire and Jeffrey Thomas, this book (released by ChiZine imprint Undertown Publications) promises to be a treat for fans of the weird. “We Will All Go Down Together” by Gemma Files is a novel about a war between supernatural beings in modern day Toronto. ChiZine’s new imprint for young readers, ChiTeen, is scheduled to finally release “Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly” by P.T. Jones (a pen name for the collaboration between Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay) and the mythological novel “The Door in the Mountain” by Caitlin Sweet. The most anticipated book from ChiZine, in my opinion, is “Knife Fight and Other Stories” by David Nickle. If you have not read his last collection, “Monstrous Affections,” do yourself a favor and pick both of them up from ChiZine. “Monstrous Affections” is one of the best short story collections in recent years and “Knife Fight” is sure to be just as good.
The new books from the mainstream publishers are very limited this month although the month will end with a bang. October 7 with bring the fifth “Heroes of Olympus” novel by Rick Riordan, “The Blood of Olympus,” as well “Deadline,” the eighth book by John Sanford starring Virgil Flowers. John Grisham’s new novel, “Gray Mountain,” is scheduled to be released on October 21st and sounds like a throwback to his earlier works with a lawyer moving to a small town and taking on Big Coal when the recession stalls her career in New York. Lastly, and finally, October 28th brings Anne Rice’s long-awaited return to vampires with the release of “Prince Lestat.” More than a decade has passed since the last book in Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” and I have been eagerly awaiting this novel since it was announced.
I would have expected that my “must read” book of the month would have been an easy pick but it was made much more difficult by the fact that “Factory Town” was so good. Still, I have to go with “Prince Lestat” as my one book to read this month if you only have time for one. Rice revolutionized the vampire genre and her return to the “Vampire Chronicles” is something that seemed would never happen at one time. “Prince Lestat” is a novel that has over 10 years of anticipation behind it and I know that I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.