Books Read in September

Here are the books I read in September, and what I thought about them.

John Langan — Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies

John Boden, Chad Lutzke — Out Behind the Barn

Nicholas Day — At The End of the Day I Burst Into Flames

T.E.D. Klein — The Ceremonies

Undertow Publications — Aickman’s Heirs

John Langan — Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies

Read my thoughts in my Book Spotlight.

John Boden, Chad Lutzke — Out Behind the Barn

Out Behind the Barn is a novella about a mother and her two sons, who’re homeschooled and work around their farm, until one day the mother brings home a daughter who can’t become accustomed to her new life.

The book reminds me of a slice of life story, but with dark overtones. Like a Bradbury horror story: subtle, quiet, oddly charming. Although I enjoyed Out Behind the Barn, being able to finish it in one sitting, I wanted more of it. I could easily see it expanded into novel territory, and, honestly, I’m hoping for a sequel.

Nicholas Day — At The End of the Day I Burst Into Flames

At The End of the Day I Burst Into Flames is a melancholy novella about a man who will combust at day’s end, following in the footsteps of his father, who also caught aflame suddenly years ago. It’s a story of grief, life, abuse, and aging, almost like a slice of life tale with a bizzaro take.

I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t something that didn’t impact like some of its readers. I wanted more from it, but simultaneously, it’s likely adding more would’ve made it not hit as hard.

Either way, good short read.

T.E.D. Klein — The Ceremonies

The Ceremonies is a horror book about a teacher living the city who rents a cabin on a farming couple’s land, where past a creek stands an old tree with cosmic origins. He meets a girl at the library and invites her to stay with him at the cabin, but the eccentric, old man whose become the girl’s new employer/friend has other plans for the two.

This is one of those rarer 80’s novels that most horror fans love. I found it for cheap and finally got a copy. Unfortunately, I’m not a part of those horror fans who loved this book. I don’t want to be too negative, so I’ll keep this short: The atmosphere, foreboding and building dread is great, but it’s too slow for my taste, and by the time the plot reached its crescendo, I wanted the book to be over a hundred pages prior.

Undertow Publications — Aickman’s Heirs

Aickman’s Heirs is an anthology of stories influenced by the late, great weird fiction writer, Robert Aickman. And, honestly, Aickman’s Heirs is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a while.

Each story is fantastic and unsettling, “wrong,” like you’re peering into a world that’s not quite right. Like, things are happening outside of your vision that you can’t catch a glimpse of or, if you do, can’t understand. However, the story I enjoyed the most was “Two Brothers” by Malcolm Delvin. The plot was engrossing and Delvin’s prose draws you into the world’s story seamlessly.

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