October is the month of Halloween and hopefully the publishing world will have some treats in store for readers as the weather begins to turn colder as winter approaches.
It is not good news that there are no scheduled releases from DarkFuse in October that I could find either on their coming soon page or through preorders. The publisher may still have something coming in the month but I could not find any confirmed releases for October.
ChiZine Publications has a full slate of releases scheduled for October. “The Flame in the Maze” by Caitlin Sweet pick up where “The Door in the Mountain” left off and continues the mythical tales of Princess Ariadne and her half-brother Asterion. “The Flame in the Maze” is a young adult novel from the ChiTeen imprint. “The Lady ParaNorma” by Vincent Marcone is a ChiGraphic release that has been rescheduled for October as well. ChiZine also has a treat for readers with the CZB Ebook release of the “Northern Frights” series with two volumes, both edited by Don Hutchinson, scheduled to be released in October. The two anthologies contains stories and/or poems from writers such as Robert Bloch, Gemma Files, and David Nickle as well as many others. These four releases should be enough to keep ChiZine’s fans busy during October.
As is to be expected in the month that contains Halloween, Samhain Publishing has some nasty treats for horror fans. The “Childhood Fears” collection brings together the four novellas (“Nightmare in Greasepaint” by L.L. Soars and G. Daniel Gunn, “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” by J.H. Moncrieff, “Scarecrows” by Christine Hayton, and “Winterwood” by J.G. Faherty) in the series for those who missed them the first time around. “Blood and Rain” by Glenn Rolfe is the best werewolf novel that I have read in a while. “The Leper Window” by Frazer Lee continues the adventures of Daniel Gates and is an interesting horror novella with a historical aspect. That wraps up the publisher’s offerings in October but that is plenty of chills to fill the fall evenings.
October 6th has a couple interesting offerings from the larger publishers. “Dark Screams: Volume 5” edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar continues the novella-length, short story collections with contributions by Kealan Patrick Burke, Mick Garris, Del James, J. Kenner, and Bentley Little and is a great addition to the ongoing series. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” by George R.R. Martin collects three previously-released novellas that take place a century before the “Game of Thrones” series and includes over 160 illustrations by Gary Gianni. “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein tells the futuristic tale of what happens when the Earth’s superpowers scramble to be the first to reach Saturn when a space telescope picks up an alien ship approaching that planet.
October 20th brings John Grisham’s latest novel, “Rogue Lawyer,” about a street lawyer named Sebastian Rudd who has an unconventional approach to law while trying to ensure that justice is served even while putting himself in danger. Patricia Cornwell delivers the 23rd novel featuring Kay Scarpetta on October 27 with “Depraved Heart.” Tess Gerritsen’s new stand-alone novel, “Playing with Fire,” is also scheduled for October 27th in this haunting tale of music and madness centered on a waltz written during World War II.
That is it for the best books scheduled for release in October. There are plenty of good books scheduled for release in October before November enters with a bang with the release of a new Stephen King short story collection. My one book to read for the month of October would have to be “Blood and Rain” by Glenn Rolfe. This novel is just a classic werewolf novel with plenty of action and terror. Happy reading until next month.