September brings in the end of summer and it is time to prepare for fall and time for that prime reading time. Here are the books that I am looking forward to in September.
September looks like a quiet month from DarkFuse with only two books listed with a firm September release date and available for preorder. One of these books is “DarkFuse #3,” the third installment of the short story anthology series, is slated for September 16 and features six short stories personally selected by Shane Staley. While the writers featured in this book are not household names, the past installments of the series as well as the quality fiction released by DarkFuse guarantees that the stories will be good. Also slated for a September release is “Broken Chain” by Lisa von Biela. This novel is about a mysterious illness that begins to kill livestock and threatens to destroy the food chain. “Broken Chain” is a medical/scientific apocalyptic novel and von Biela is probably the best medical thriller writer today so this is sure to be a very good book. DarkFuse has also been releasing unannounced books lately so fans should keep an eye on the publisher’s website to see if there are any more treats available for readers (and check out DarkFuse magazine while you are at it).
ChiZine Publications has a treat in store for readers in September with its only scheduled book being an anthology of short stories about the nature of monsters. “The Humanity of Monsters,” edited by Michael Matheson, features 26 short stories that explore what makes a monster and the answer just may lie in humanity itself. This anthology looks very good and includes authors such as Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaimon, and Laird Barron. This may be the only book on ChiZine Publications list for September but October looks to be a big month for the publisher and this book looks good enough to tide over any reader.
Samhain Publications has five book scheduled for release in September. The novella, “A Debt to be Paid” by Patrick Lacey, is the story of a serial killer haunting a mall and is a very scary, short novella. “Bonesy” by Mark Rigney continues the adventures of Renner and Quist when a brass rubbing of a skeleton comes to life and must be contained once more. “Mr. Nasty” by Leo Darke is a strong story of a series of murders the emulate some of the most gruesome horror movies of all time that may, or may not, be committed by the movie terrors themselves. “Darkness Rising” by Brian Moreland is very good Lovecraftian tale of revenge from beyond the grave and is sure to be a delight to fans of the mythos. Lastly, “The Dover Demon” by Hunter Shea is a fun and scary monster/alien novel that is just great fun to read and absolutely not to be missed. All of these books are available on September 1st.
In addition to the Samhain Publications releases, September 1st brings the release of “Bleedovers” by William Todd Rose and Random House Hydra. This is the second novella in Rose’s series about the world between waking and sleep. September 8th brings the 20th novel in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child entitled “Make Me” in which Reacher must uncover the mystery behind the small town of Mother’s Milk. Also on the 8th is David Baldacci’s “The Keeper.” This is the second book in the Vega Jane series which finds Jane discovering that she can leave the town of Wormwood if she can only survive The Quag that lies outside of the town. “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is scheduled for release on September 15th. The fourth book in the Fox and O’Hare series finds the duo having to con a con artist in order to stop a money laundering operation based in a plush casino. The month’s comes to a close with two books of note on September 29th. The first is “Murder House” by James Patterson and David Ellis about an ocean-front house that is the home to a deadly secret. The newest Eve Duncan novel from Iris Johansen, “Shadow Play,” is also scheduled for release that day.
That is all for September. It is difficult for me to pick against a Lisa von Biela book as the one book to read but I will have to go with “The Dover Demon” as my pick for the one book to read in September. This novel is a very good monster novel and Hunter Shea is at the top of his game. It is a rollercoaster ride of adventure and horror that is sure to be a special treat for horror fans and a great way to get ready for October and the thrills and chills of Halloween.