Mercy Thompson is a mechanic by day and a coyote-shapeshifter pretty much whenever she wants to be. Raised by werewolves and neighbor to the local pack’s alpha, she can’t help getting involved in paranormal politics. Particularly when they’re all threatened by something no one’s seen before – a vampire possessed by a demon (yeah, we did a double-take, too).
This thrilling ride is the second in Patricia Briggs’ well-crafted series. (The first, Moon Called, focused on werewolves and we’re not sure they exist, so we’re starting here instead.)
Darynda Jones’s debut novel is a delightful blend of chick-lit, paranormal romance, and murder mystery. Charlotte “Charley” Davidson is a grim reaper, and even she doesn’t really know what that means. But she sees dead people, talks to them, and uses that ability to help her detective uncle solve murders. Such as three attorneys who were all killed in one evening.
Oh, and did we mention the amorous dreams she’s been having? No? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out who that particular Entity happens to be.
If you’ve watched this month’s webisode about the Ghostly Positioning & Possession Service, you’ll know that we like a good tale of ghostly (or is it ghastly?) revenge. So we enjoyed rooting for Marissa Madison, the latest target of serial killer Jonathan Martin Delaware Deseronto. Marissa was a powerful psychic in life, and in death she uses her abilities to force Deseronto to face not only her past, but his own.
Not for the faint of heart, this psychological horror alternates between Deseronto’s first person and Madison’s third person points of view, building to a climax that weaves seemingly unrelated subplots into a spectacular, and surprising, finale.
In our universe, all zombies can be domesticated. Not every world is built that way. So we appreciate finding a book that recognizes that zombies at least used to be people.
Ben Imura can’t remember a time before the zombie apocalypse. Now, he’s 15 and has to get a job. When nothing else works out, he apprentices to his older brother Tom, a renowned zombie bounty hunter. Initially excited about killing “zoms”, Ben soon learns there are greater horrors beyond the town fence, and that zombies may not be the monsters he thought they were.
You may have noticed the sparkly vampire delivering Christie’s Cranial Delights in our first episode. Well, you’ll be seeing more of him next month, but in the meantime, we thought you’d enjoy this fun tale from novelist Jim McDoniel.
When thousand-year-old Yulric Bile wakes after a three hundred year slumber, he’s surprised to learn that modern vampires are young, sexy, and, worst of all, sparkly. He sets out on a quest to find out just what caused vampires to become “good”, and all sorts of hilarious adventures ensue.
Our twitter interview with the author is archived on Storify!
We don’t have trolls in our world (if we did, we’d be parodying Donald Trump), but this fantastical novel by Johanna Sinisalo, translated from the original Finnish by Herbert Lomas, is a touching tale of society’s outcasts and fringe citizens who find comfort in each other.
Prepare to have your heartstrings yanked as Angel rescues a troll cub from a group of drunk teenagers, without realizing just what impact this little guy might have on him and his life. What is the difference between human and animal? Perhaps Angel and his troll will find out.
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