New ‘Other Genre’ fiction this month features horror, ghosts and vampires

This month we have selected, from the recently received new fiction, novels from the supernatural genre. This, as you will see is not reading for the faint-hearted, but is now a popular section of the fiction collection. The plots of this genre also include werewolves, shapeshifting, telepathy and some romance. We are sure avid readers of this genre will be pleased with this selection.

Syndetics book coverFire touched / Patricia Briggs.
“Heroine Mercy Thompson soon discovers that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer. Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head When coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEx-isle : a novel / Peter Clines.
“It’s been years since the tidal wave of ex-humans washed over the world. Since then, thanks to St George and his fellow heroes, the community known as the Mount has been the last known outpost of safety, sanity, and freedom left to humanity. But even for the Mount, survival still balances on a razor’s edge and after a disaster decimates the town’s food supply, the heroes must make a risky gamble to keep its citizens from starving. News arrives of a strange, man-made island in the middle of the Pacific, populated not just by survivors, but by people who have also somehow managed to keep the spark of civilization alive. However, the island reveals that is a sinister mirror-image of what the heroes have built at the Mount.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe acolyte / Nick Cutter.
“Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artefacts. Murtag has problems, one of his partners is a zealot, and he’s in love with the other one. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can’t take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn’t get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven’s Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood girls / Glen Hirshberg.
“Reeling from the violent death of her daughter and a confrontation with the Whistler, the monster who wrecked her life, Jess has fled the South for a tiny college town in New Hampshire. There she huddles in a fire-blackened house with her crippled lover, her infant grandson, and the creature that was once her daughter’s best friend, who may or may not be a threat. Rebecca, an orphan undergrad caring for Jess’s grandson, finds in Jess’ house the promise of a family she has never known, but also a terrifying secret. Meanwhile, unhinged and unmoored, the Whistler watches from the rooftops and awaits his moment. And deep in the Mississippi Delta, the evil that spawned him stirs.” (Adapted from book cover)

Syndetics book coverWho’s afraid? / Maria Lewis.
“Tommi Grayson’s never exactly been a normal girl. Yet she’s never come close to guessing who she really is. When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage and it’s a whole lot more than merely human. Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside and within. Worse still, something has followed her home. With the clock ticking, can Tommi learn to control her new powers in time to save the ones she loves?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAvery / Charlotte McConaghy.
“The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does, too. So it has been for thousands of years, until Ava. For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is captured by the deadly prince of her enemies. Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMidnight marked : a Chicagoland vampires novel / Chloe Neill.
“Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City. With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting supernatural against supernatural. In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death and winning might mean sacrificing everything.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRunaway vampire / Lynsay Sands.
“Dante Notte has heard it said that love hurts. He just wasn’t expecting it to run him over in an RV. Still, a punctured lung and broken ribs are nothing compared to the full-body shock he feels whenever he’s near the vehicle’s driver, Mary Winslow. Most challenging of all, he needs to claim this smart, stubborn woman as his life mate. The naked, injured, insanely gorgeous younger man who clambered into her RV insists they belong together. If Mary wasn’t feeling their incredible connection in every inch of her being, she wouldn’t believe it. But now that the men who took Dante’s twin are after her too, trusting her gut means risking her life for an immortal who’s the very definition of a perfect stranger.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beast : a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood / J.R. Ward.
“Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, and power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself. For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand or control the panic and insecurity that plague him.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlackbirds / Chuck Wendig.
“Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She merely needs to touch you, and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; it only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

A very scary Christmas: featuring zombies, vampires, werewolves, & the Discworld’s silly season

A blog post in which we ask ourselves: Does Santa go bump in the night?

Fed up with Christmas shopping and preparations? Prefer your fiction spiced with the paranormal? Have we put together a booklist for you! Take a break with one of these seasonal titles:

Syndetics book coverI am Scrooge : a zombie story for Christmas / by Adam Roberts ; with illustrations by Zom Leech.
“This cheeky addition to supernatural mashups features an annoyed Scrooge who must take time away from counting his money to ward off a growing zombie population and learn how his special Scroogy DNA may be able to save the world from brain-eating annihilation. Roberts (Yellow Blue Tibia) uses A Christmas Carol as a mere jumping-off point, preferring to put Dickens’s characters in increasingly ridiculous situations. Purchase where others of this ilk are popular.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverWolfsbane and mistletoe / edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.
“Let’s Face it – the holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard if you’re a lycanthrope. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales, by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon and with a silver bullet close at hand.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverUndead and unreturnable / MaryJanice Davidson.
“Queen of the Vampires Betsy Taylor is planning the perfect wedding to drop-dead gorgeous vamp Eric Sinclair. But in this fourth novel of Davidson’s series, Betsy is plagued by ghosts, who demand her help in rectifying their past mistakes, and a serial killer on the loose.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHogfather / Terry Pratchett.
Not *exactly” a Christmas book, but the closest the Discworld comes to celebrating the silly season:
“It’s the night before Hogwatch & it’s too quiet. There’s snow, there are robins, there are trees covered with decorations, but there’s a notable lack of the fat man who delivers toys. He’s gone. Susan the governess has to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won’t rise. Unfortunately her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats & oh, a god of hangovers. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he’s carrying a sack instead of scythe, but there’s still something regrettably familiar. “You’d better watch out.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe stupidest angel : a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror, version 2.0 / Christopher Moore.The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
“Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe. ‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all. But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead. But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.” (Syndetics summary)