Winter Horror

Be warned...this gets a bit graphic.

 

 

 

 

I remember one particularly bad winter when I was nine or ten and our golden retriever brought home a severed deer head from who knows where. Dropped it on the porch and forgot about it. Forgot to tell us about it too. So it froze there, rock solid, right to the porch, and my dad had to take a shovel to it in order to free it from the ice. But he misjudged the angle, and stabbed it instead. The deer head split raggedly in two, along the jaw.  Not exactly an easy image to forget.

It's the possibility—or even likelihood—of scenes like that make me think this season lends itself all too well to the horror genre, almost a match made in heaven. What it inspires, what kinds of thoughts come to the surface during the coldest and darkest months. It’s almost too easy imagining the genre being wedded to winter, and anything else, the summer, or the spring, is actually a stretch. It takes work to make the connection. Winter is the home of horror, where it grew up. The fear is already there, next to the hunger, and the cold, and the long nights.

Better grab an extra blanket when you settle down with these reads.  This cold has teeth.

The Terror: A Novel By Dan Simmons Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780316017459
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 10th, 2007

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Cold: A Novel By Drew Hayden Taylor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780771002892
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - January 9th, 2024

All the White Spaces: A Novel By Ally Wilkes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982182717
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - January 10th, 2023

Leech By Hiron Ennes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250811202
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Published: Tordotcom - August 8th, 2023

Let the Right One In: A Novel By John Ajvide Lindqvist, Ebba Segerberg (Translated by) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250902962
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 8th, 2022

The Shining By Stephen King Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345806789
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Published: Vintage - August 27th, 2013

The Winter People: A Suspense Thriller By Jennifer McMahon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804169967
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

Wonderland: A Novel By Zoje Stage Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316458528
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 20th, 2021

The Sanatorium: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) (Detective Elin Warner Series #1) By Sarah Pearse Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593296691
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

Christmas and Other Horrors: An Anthology of Solstice Horror By Ellen Datlow (Editor), Garth Nix, Josh Malerman, Alma Katsu, Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781803363264
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Published: Titan Books - October 24th, 2023

The Hunger By Alma Katsu Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735212534
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories By Aviaq Johnston, Richard Van Camp, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781772272147
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Published: Inhabit Media - September 10th, 2019

Where the Dead Wait: A Novel By Ally Wilkes Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982182823
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 5th, 2023