State of Nation 2022 (1)

124 – State of the Horror Nation 2022, with Emily Hughes & Janelle Janson

It’s that time of year again. A time to reflect, to look back over a tumultuous twelve months, and to talk about the horror books that helped us survive them.

2022 has been a helluva year for the good kind of horror. Far too much for one man to cover. So I’ve drafted in some highly qualified friends – Emily Hughes and Janelle Janson. They have their fingers right on the arterial spurt of the genre – and they have each read far more than me.

Together we deliver this year’s State of the Horror Nation – talking about big issues in horror, the key books we’ve adored…and the dozens and dozens of titles we’re looking forward to in 2023.

We raise a glass to a late and beloved horror icon, we make some new year’s resolutions, and Janelle and Emily get a bit squeaky about their big horror crush. Bet you can guess who (it’s not me!)

Thanks for all your support this year.

Books picked:

  • Ghost Eaters (2022), by Clay McLeod Chapman – ep. 110
  • A Child Alone With Strangers (2022), by Philip Fracassi – ep. 120
  • Echo (2022), by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – ep. 78
  • Our Share of Night (2022), by Mariana Enriquez
  • All the White Spaces (2022), by Ally Wilkes – ep. 76
  • We Are Here to Hurt Each Other (2022), by Paula D. Ashe
  • Mary: An Awakening of Terror (2022), by Nat Cassidy – ep. 101
  • Burn the Plans (2022), by Tyler Jones – ep. 81
  • Just Like Home (2022), by Sarah Gailey

 Books anticipated: 

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper (2023), by Stephen Graham Jones 
  • Silver Nitrate (2023), by Silvia Moreno Garcia
  • Vampires of el Norte (2023), by Isabel Cañas
  • Pinata (2023), by Leopoldo Gout
  • Tell Me I’m Worthless (2023), by Alison Rumfitt (already out in UK)
  • Spite House (2023), by Jonny Compton
  • Lone Women (2023), by Victor Lavelle
  • Everything Darkness Eats (2023), by Eric LaRocca
  • Episode 13 (2023), by Craig Dilouie
  • House of Good Bones (2023), by T. Kingfisher
  • Nights Edge (2023), by Liz Kerin
  • The Edge of Sleep (2023), by Jake Emmanuel
  • The Drift (2023), by C. J. Tudor
  • Bad Cree (2023), by Jessica Johns
  • Maeve Fly (2023), by C.J. Leade
  • A Light Most Hateful (2023), by Hailey Piper
  • Looking Glass Sound (2023), by Catriona Ward
  • The Beast You Are (2023), by Paul Tremblay
  • The Salt Grows Heavy (2023), by Cassandra Khaw
  • Burn the Negative (2023), by Josh Winning
  • How to Sell a Haunted House (2023), by Grady Hendrix
  • Abnormal Statistics (2023), by Max Booth III
  • The Insatiable Volt Sisters (2023), by Rachel Eve Moulton
  • Camp Damascus (2023), by Chuck Tingle
  • Extended Stay (2023), by Juan Martinez
  • House of Cotton (2023), by Monica Brashears 

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