Sorry not sorry this week. Yes I’m going to destroy your wallet and your bookshelves…but you LOVE IT!!
Our guest is Sadie Hartmann, AKA Mother Horror to the likes of us. One of the most influential horror reviewers in the world. The editor in chief of Dark Hart Books and the co-owner of the Night Worms horror subscription service. She knows a thing or two about this haunted library.
And she’s written a book to guide the unwary, or the just-plain curious. Or anyone who wants a new book to read. 101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered is Sadie’s guide to the horrid books that she loves – the ones that chill her blood, warm her heart and turn her stomach.
We talk about her selection process, her blogging origin story, the gatekeeper problem in horror, our shared fear of certain kinds of book and the joy of scary stories featuring kids on bikes.
Renew your library card or get ready to buy some books!
101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered was published on August 8th by Page Street Publishing
The Devil All the Time (2012), by Donald Ray Pollock
Knockemstiff (2008), by Donald Ray Pollock
Come Closer (2003), by Sara Gran
Lord of the Flies (1954), by William Golding
Boys in the Valley (2023), by Philip Fracassi
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (2018), by Kim Fu
Devil’s Creek (2020), by Todd Kiesling
Gather the Daughters (2017), by Jennie Melamed
The Girl Next Door (1989), by Jack Ketchum
Along the Path of Torment (2020), by Chandler Morrison
Apartment 16 (2010), by Adam Neville
Last Days (2012), by Adam Neville
The Reddening (2019), by Adam Neville
Lonesome Dove (1985), by Larry McMurtry
A House with Good Bones (2023), by T. Kingfisher
Number One Fan (2020), by Meg Ellison
House of Leaves (2000), by Mark Z. Danielewski
Let the Right One In (2004), by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Betty (2020), by Tiffany McDaniel
On the Savage Side (2023), by Tiffany McDaniel
Whalefall (2023), by Daniel Kraus