Brandenburg's Best of 2018
Okay, so this is probably one of the grossest stories I read this year and felt compelled to share with all of you. A shit monster is attacking an apartment building and the people inside. The descriptions of what the shit monster is made of and what he leaves behind after an assault is enough to make you sick. I had so much fun reading this.
Twelve creepy stories based on twelve pieces of mindbending art? Sounds good to me. I had almost as much fun trying to determine what story I'd create from the black & white creation as I did seeing what the author came up with.
I love horror, but I do have a soft spot for fantasy, and Bennett's tale of rebellion and magic has found a place in my heart next to Name of the Wind and Mistborn. A fast passed theft story that has a ton of world building and detailed characters; this is a cannon blast in the face of the big names in fantasy.
Oh my god is this graphic novel perfect for fans of DnD. It's based on the podcast of the same name, collecting their first campaign. The artwork captures the hilarious story as the brothers and their father play DnD for the first time. I had so much fun with this and can't wait to see future campaigns in comic book form.
This is a fun, creepy novella. I'm a sucker for haunted house stories, and the house in The Atrocities is a maze of freaky artwork and statues. Nothing is what it seems to be, which is exactly what it should be when you enter a scary mansion. It's a ton of fun and perfect when you want to spend a couple of hours freaked out.
Damn is this book a tough one. Would I be willing to kill someone in my family to save the world, especially when I have no idea if the people asking me to do it are insane? The ending drags some, and the characters start to ware on you, but I think this is Tremblay's best work.
This is Barron's first foray into the mystery genre, but it feels like he's been writing it for years. I fell in love with Coleridge from the start, he's a tough brutal man that has a soft spot for animals. I devoured the pages as I followed Coleridge hunt down a missing girl. Do yourself a favor and get in on the ground floor of this series because it is going to be amazing.
I've read a lot of short story collections and anthologies this year, but Sharma's first collection is the one that taught me the most on how to mix love, fear, and horror. It's a master class on how to use bizarre situations to show how dangerous love is.
I think I was somehow transported into someone's nightmare after reading this novella. Rocksteady wrestled a horrifying dream and smashed it down onto the page. Things shift and change, figures in robes come and go, and the poor main girl(Sarah) has to relive a pretty terrible experience. I promise by the end of this book you will want to hold her and tell her she will make it through.
Wow is this the best book I read this year. There is just so much emotion and heart in this novella that I'm surprised it's not bursting at the seams. The life lessons we learn by watching this boy with a skull for a face travel across California is something I'll take with for the rest of my life. I could not put this down and did my best to tell everyone to read it when I finished it. So do yourself a favor and read it, join the skullface boy's journey and be ready to take a hard look at yourself when you are done.