Tales From The TBR Pile

I'm more than halfway through Nick Cutter's The Deep and expect to have a review posted in a few days. This one doesn't come out until after the New Year, but I was able to get an early copy through NetGalley. That service is damn addictive, by the way. My eReader has been filling up with plenty of books, but thanks to the Internet and sites like Goodreads, BookLikes, and KBoards, a few other titles have caught my eye.

So, here's what's on the horizon as far as my MUST HAVE NOW titles are concerned:

Black_ebook_coverThe Black
Paul E. Cooley

This one is actually up next in my queue, I think. It's a recent release, and after seeing all the praise heaped upon it by horror writer and reviewer extraordinaire, Edward Lorne, it definitely seems to hit all the right buttons for me. I have a tremendous soft spot for aquatic horror, so take that setting and tell me it's like The Thing, and I'm quite happy to take a look.

Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure, nations would go to war for the rights to it. But as the team starts drilling exploration well after exploration well in their race to claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living in the oil and it’s about to give birth to the greatest threat humanity has ever seen.

The Black is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers’ hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same.

World_Final_1Once Upon A Time At The End Of The World
S. Elliot Brandis

There's no plot description available yet, but I've become acquainted with Elliot a bit at KBoards and became a big fan of his writing voice upon reading his debut, Irradiated. All I really know about it is it's a post-apocalyptic western, which is enough to have me hooked. Couple that brief elevator pitch with a cover straight out of a Sergio Leone flick, and I'm in. I may even have to get some Ennio Morricone scores to accompany my read-through.

Go check out Elliot's website and be sure to sign up for his newsletter. He's offering this opening volley for free to his subscribers. Of course, I'm sure it'll also be available to purchase online upon release.

Z. Rider

Feels like there's a long wait in store for this one, but Suckers will launch in Feb. 2015. The cover art alone has me really anticipating this release, and I absolutely love the way all those bats come together to form the title logo. Beautiful stuff, and a terrific color scheme that helps drive home the moody horror.

When worn-out musicians Dan Ferry and Ray Ford decide to take a shortcut back to the hotel, they pick the wrong dark alley to go down. Attacked by something neither can identify, they think they’re lucky to get out with their lives. But their lives aren’t all they get out with…

As an infection takes hold of Dan, the cramped tour bus becomes a dangerous place to be trapped. And when the infection spreads across the country…nowhere—and no one—is safe from the Suckers.

Now then - what titles have intrigued you of late? What's on your most-anticipated list of stories that are coming out soon? Sound off below!

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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