2018-10-01 / BookBag

Thrill in the Air

New releases from Stephen King, Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris — plus more thrilling tales for fall reading
Maria Kenney Burchill | Schlow Centre Region Library

The air is crisp, redolent with the smell of fall, of woodsmoke and wet leaves. It’s a beautiful time of year to venture outdoors, to hike or take a drive to view the leaves change across the valley. With the sun setting earlier and Halloween just around the corner, this time of year inspires me to relax with a book after an afternoon of outdoor activity. I might choose a thriller or, maybe, something just a little darker from the stack on my side table. Here are just a few of the new releases I’m looking forward to this fall.

Best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels (the basis for HBO’s hit True Blood), mystery and romantic fantasy author Charlaine Harris takes on a new genre in An Easy Death (Oct. 2). The novel follows the trials of Lizabeth “Gunnie” Rose, a bodyguard hired to protect two Russian wizards from assassination. Unfortunately, these villains may be gunning for Gunnie instead. Fans of Harris may best love her for her Aurora Teagarden mysteries, but Publishers Weekly starred their review of Harris’ foray into the “weird West” genre.
In Stephen King’s newest novel, Elevation (Oct. 30), the mega-hit author returns to his fictional town of Castle Rock to introduce his readers to Scott Carey. Carey is a medical conundrum who is steadily losing weight, but weirdly weighs the same in his clothes or out of them. The plot reminds this librarian strongly of the horror novel Thinner, an earlier work published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Elevation is sure to be highly sought after, especially by those fans of the Hulu original series Castle Rock.
If discovering new thriller authors is, well, a thrill, check out The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker. Published last year, this dark and twisted tale follows detective Sam Porter as he investigates the death of a serial killer whose last victim may still be alive. Barker is a Pittsburgh author whose first, self-published novel, Forsaken, reached the top of bestseller lists around the world. His latest novel, Dracul (Oct. 2), is co-written with Bram Stoker’s descendent, Dacre Stoker. Fans of any and all of these reads should mark their calendars: Barker will visit Schlow during the Nittany Valley Writers Network monthly meeting on Nov. 13.
Finally, what October book list would be complete without a new novel from the queen of the underworld herself, Anne Rice? This recommendation dates me, I’m sure, but fans of the vampire Lestat will be looking forward to Blood Communion (Oct. 2). Sixteenth in the Vampire Chronicles, it’s a solid entry into the world Rice began back in the early ’80s.

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