Not found anything in the previous post to pique your interest? Then perhaps one of the following four titles will be more to your taste.
Strange Tales and Snareville by David Youngquist
Dark Continents Publishing has plenty to offer in the way of short fiction, and Strange Tales is one such offering. It contains a mixture of new and previously published short stories from the mind of the president of Dark Continents Publishing. If you like your traditional monsters – werewolves and vampires, demons and zombies, oh my! – with blood on their fangs and murder in their hearts, then this is the collection for you. It’s not all wall-to-wall fantastical creatures, though; many of the monsters are of the very real, very human kind, and scattered amongst these tales of monsters and mayhem you will find the occasional bitter-sweet, introspective piece that demonstrates Mr Youngquist’s range.
Snareville is a zombie novel. If you love zombie novels, you’ll want this one. If you’re not crazy about zombies, or you’re a zombie virgin… then you might still want this one. Yes, there are plenty of rotting corpses lurching about the place, and plenty of firepower and other creative ways of despatching said corpses, just as one would expect in a zombie novel. But the real story lies in the residents of Snareville, how the resourcefulness and community spirit helps them come together to survive and thrive against the zombie menace (unlike the citizens in the big cities), and how they redefine the rules of their society. If you live in small town America, and are proud of it, then you definitely want this one.
Necropolis Rising by Dave Jeffery
You can tell we love zombies here at DCP, can’t you? This zombie novel from British writer Dave Jeffery has been storming the UK Kindle charts, at one point sitting in the number one slot for best-selling horror novels. So we are delighted that he is offering us the print rights to this title, with a view to publishing the sequel. I could tell you what I thought of the book, but then, you might not believe me, since I’m trying to sell it to you. So I’ll just quote from one of the Amazon reviews.
“Necropolis Rising, does indeed stand head and shoulders above the rest of the zombie fare. It’s like the zombie film you wish Romero would make. Fingers crossed he, or someone else, one day will make a film of this one. Until then enjoy the class read.”
Yep. That’s what I would have said.
The Left Hand by Serenity J. Banks
From zombies, we turn to vampires. There’s nothing remotely romantic or sparkly about these fiends, and fans of vampires of the monstrous sort will find plenty within these pages to satisfy them. Unlike Youngquist’s underlying atmosphere of optimism in “Snareville”, Banks’s America is bleak, populated with drifters, drug addicts and dead beats and set against the backdrop of shabby, anonymous motel rooms and long, dusty road trips. Is there such a thing as literary horror? Well, if there wasn’t before, there is now.