While a number of these books and stories were published in 2013, some were not. But I still highly recommend them all for readers that haven't had a chance to add them to their lists.
2013 was a stellar year for horror fiction, and while these five titles made the cut for this column I could have easily added a dozen more. There are familiar names here, and a couple of newcomers I hope you’ll seek out.
One of the things that fascinates me most about the horror genre is the vast array of approaches the author has at his or her disposal in order to achieve the desired effect of scaring the reader. Some go for aggressive, in-your-face attempts at pure shock; some fill their inkwells with blood and guts to go for the gross-out; and some simply sidle up next to you and whisper terrible, disquieting things in your ear.
Featured in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #20, “Through the Cracks” by Gary McMahon is, in a way, about what can be described as an idea virus.