October again promises another novel by one of my all-time favorite authors toward the end of the month and will kick off with a bang on the first with one of the most anticipated independent press novels in some time. There is also plenty more for readers before Halloween arrives and the calendar page turns to November.
I always start off with the new releases from the two best independent publishers and October itself will kick off with a highly anticipated release when DarkFuse releases “Corrosion” by Jon Bassoff on October 1. This book is a very good book and more than a simple horror novel but a strong work of literature in its own rite. With a movie deal in place and reviews that are praising it as one of the best books of the last decade, “Corrosion” is sure to be a book that will cause a lot of buzz in October. DarkFuse will also release a novella by one of my favorite authors, “Hell’s Door” by Sandy DeLuca, that is a dark and gritty take on horror as well as another novella, “Sacrifice Island” by Kristin Dearborn, about a haunted island off the Philippines in October. My other favorite independent publisher, ChiZine Publications, has one book scheduled for an October release. “The n-Body Problem” by Tony Burgess is the story of the world after a zombie apocalypse and the problems that persist even after the zombies are defeated. ChiZine Publications always releases quality fiction and Tony Burgess is an author of considerable talent so this is a must read book due out in the middle of the month.
Since I wrote about the mass market releases for October 1 in last month’s article on new releases, I will jump right to October 8 which is highlighted by “Doomed” by Chuck Palahniuk which continues the story he started in “Damned.” “Confessions: The Private School Murders” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and “Storm Front” by John Sandford are among the other releases for this date.
October 15th is a relatively unremarkable day for new books with one major exception. “The Wolves of Midwinter” by Anne Rice will be released on the 15th and continues the saga of the werewolves that started last year in “The Wolf Gift” and is my most anticipated mass market book release of the month (as well as being a very good read).
October 22nd brings the conclusion to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth with the release of “Allegiant” and thus closing out this very popular series. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham has the author returning to the character of Jake Brigance from what many consider to be his best book, “A Time to Kill,” as he must once again fight for justice in Ford County. October 29th brings a new Sookie Stackhouse book from Charlaine Harris, “After Dead,” that explores what happens to the characters of the popular series that came to an end earlier this year.
More great books from the independent press and new novels from Anne Rice and John Grisham highlight the new book releases in October and promise another great month of reading. My personal choice for the one must-read book of October would have to go to “Hell’s Door” by Sandy DeLuca and DarkFuse. I would just recommend reading this novella on a Friday evening and hope that you can get a good night’s sleep again by Sunday.