It’s been awhile since I did a recent read list. Winter is coming and the cold (and the COVID) is going to keep us inside for awhile, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to share some of the books that I’ve tackled in the past year.
In no particular order:
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
- Damn good fantasy for the Dungeons and Dragons fans out there. Fun and fantastic. It’s ridiculously easy to read and so fun.
- 1776 by David McCullough
- I ended up picking this up because Hamilton premiered on Disney+. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for the American revolution. This book is fun look into the boots-on-the-ground conflict and strategy.
- True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik
- This novella broke something in me. That’s all. Must read.
- Dear Laura by Gemma Amor
- I wish that I wrote this one. Such an amazing story. After I put this down, I made a promise to myself to read more of Amor’s work. I haven’t gotten there yet, but I do have one waiting for me in my to be read and I am stoked.
- Out Behind the Barn by John Boden and Chad Lutzke
- One hell of a novella. Loved it. I have no idea how to describe it. But it was terrifying and (somehow) lovely.
- The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
- If you couldn’t tell, I am a big pulp fiction type of guy. I love these weird stories that feel like they are one-of-a-kind. Obviously, H.P. Lovecraft comes to mind when I think of pulpy, weird tales. But Howard is probably my favorite. Conan, Solomon Kane, and Kull are always close to my heart. I love an opportunity to return to Howard whenever I can.
Obviously, this is a sampling. I have been reading a lot this year. I’m pretty surprised that I have finished so many books. But I’ve been loving what I have been reading.
It’s also been a dream to dive deeper into independent horror fiction. Most of the books here are from indie publishers and the quality is insane. It makes me excited to be a horror fan and a horror writer.