Saturday, December 23, 2017

The “Yet More Creepiness” Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently.

Here are some of the creepy-sounding books I’ll be reading in 2018. I promise this is my last batch of creepy books. Next week’s haul will be more . . . normal.

The “Yet More Creepiness” Book Haul

Agents of Dreamland – Caitlín R. Kiernan

A government special agent known only as the Signalman gets off a train on a stunningly hot morning in Winslow, Arizona. Later that day he meets a woman in a diner to exchange information about an event that happened a week earlier for which neither has an explanation, but which haunts the Signalman. 
In a ranch house near the shore of the Salton Sea a cult leader gathers up the weak and susceptible—the Children of the Next Level—and offers them something to believe in and a chance for transcendence. The future is coming and they will help to usher it in. 
A day after the events at the ranch house which disturbed the Signalman so deeply that he and his government sought out help from ‘other’ sources, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory abruptly loses contact with NASA’s interplanetary probe New Horizons. Something out beyond the orbit of Pluto has made contact.

Ararat – Christopher Golden

When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. The artifact tempts their professional curiosity; so they break it open. Inside, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man that they expected, a hideous creature with horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain . . . but they are not alone.

The Last Harvest – Kim Liggett

“I plead the blood.” 
Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest. 
Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends. 
Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity . . . or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

The Snowman – Jo Nesbø

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. 
Police investigator Harry Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. Ararat does sound creepy - but really good! Hope you enjoy all of these!

  2. Ararat was a good read. I enjoyed that earlier this year.

  3. I haven't read any of them, but Ararat sounds interesting--your tidbit of information makes me curious.

  4. Ararat sounds really good. I wonder who or what else is in that case now?!?! Happy reading!!

  5. They all look good, especially The Snowman, I saw the movie trailer for that one.

  6. Creepy books indeed! The first one, set in Winslow, Arizona, took me back to a time when I visited there. And reminded me of an Eagles song.

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  7. I like the creepy theme. Gotta try me some Jo Nesbo - seems fitting for winter. Happy reading and xmas doings!

  8. Wow these look great! I need to buy some books as well in time for Christmas! Have fun reading!

  9. I think that I have The Snowman on my kindle to read. I have had it for years and still need to get to it. Sigh

  10. I haven't read any of these. I am actually not much into horror. But Ararat really sounds interesting.
    I hope you enjoy all your "Creepy" reads :D

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  11. Ooh, Ararat actually sounds pretty great!
    And despite all this bookish creepiness, have great holidays! :)

  12. I listened to Ararat and it was really good! It is definitely worth reading or listening to. It is the unknown that I liked about it and how everyone had their own opinion.