Let’s talk about recommendations. If you’re reading this, likely you’re a constant reader like myself or maybe your just a fan of horror and need a literary introduction. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. The Night Worms crew is the utmost authority on horror fiction. If you’re seeking that slow and steady creep to chill your bones, we got you. A creature feature tempting your inner-animal to howl at the moon, we got you. An ooey-gooey gorefest to make you feel all warm and squishy inside, WE GOT YOU.
Bookstagram, booktube, and book blogs have opened my eyes to endless reading recommendations. Honestly, I didn’t even know where to start. That is until I found Night Worms. Recently I’ve had the pleasure of getting my hands on a few amazing books recommended by my fellow reviewers and constant readers, #NightWormsMadeMeDoIt.
About the reviewer: John is an absolute machine. This guy eats horror for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He writes reviews on his blog Steel Rain Book Reviews as well as for Night Worms. He recently finished reading The Fearing: Earth and Ember which is book four and the conclusion to the series. Heres what he had to say: “The last piece of the epic serial Novel, The Fearing, has arrived. Does John F.D. Taff stick the landing? All you had to do was read book one to know that Taff was going to nail this.”
"With each of the first 3 installments, I’ve praised how well written The Fearing is. Book 4 is no different, and why would it be? Taff’s prose is excellent.”
John is definitely an advocate for the books and the author. After reading his thoughts, I knew I wanted to read The Fearing but his photo on bookstagram is what sold me.
About the author: John F.D. Taff is a Bram Stoker Award®-Nominated author with more than 30 years experience, 90+ short stories and five novels in print. His first fiction collection, Little Deaths, was named the best horror collection of 2012 by HorrorTalk. Jack Ketchum called his novella collection, The End in All Beginnings, “one of the best novella collections I’ve read.” His new fiction collection, Little Black Spots, will be available from Grey Matter Press in the Spring of 2018. Look for more of his work in anthologies such as Cutting Block Book’s Single Slices, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, The Beauty of Death, Shadows Over Main Street 2 and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders. Taff lives in the wilds of Illinois with three pugs, two cats and one long-suffering wife.
About the reviewer: Kallie is amazing! She is a voracious reader and artistic as hell. She writes reviews and other bookish content for the Night Worms blog. I am a massive fan of slashers and needed a little help finding my next read. When I asked the worms for help Kallie pointed out Night Shoot & Forgotten Island by David Sodergren. Check out what she had to say on bookstagram.
“YOU GUYS. We need to talk about David Sodergren. If you like good old fashioned horror, he is your guy. These books are so good. Gore and Monsters and creepy islands and creepy mansions. Have you read either one of these? If not, get your life together and read both immediately. I honestly can’t wait to see what Sodergren comes up with next”
What else do you need to know?! Amazon couldn’t take my money fast enough.
About the author: David Sodergren lives in Scotland with his wife Heather and his best friend, Boris the Pug. Growing up, he was the kind of kid who collected rubber skeletons and lived for horror movies. Not much has changed since then. Night Shoot is a brutal throwback to the early 80’s slasher movie cycle and his first novel, The Forgotten Island, was published on October 1st 2018 to much acclaim.
About the reviewer: Zakk Madness is one rad dad! He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to horror fiction, im certain he read it all. He writes reviews for his book blog Zakk Madness, the Eyes of Madness and for Night Worms.
The Eyes of Madness is an excellent blog and I really enjoy the content he shares there. Here’s part of a review I read from his blog about Scapegoat by Adam Howe and James Newman. “Scapegoat is a riot! I thoroughly enjoyed the romp of three longtime friends, not as close as they used to be, on a sojourn to Wrestlemania III. A Judgement Night if you will, a connection I made before it was mentioned in the book, honest, I did. Take an Irish Whip + Boot to the head + Leg drop, add a dash of Westboro Baptist, and a pinch of Reign in Blood and what you walk away with is a hell of a good time.”
This blurb and his wicked bookstagram picture did me in.
About the authors: James Newman is the author of a diverse selection of horror and suspense tales, dark fiction told with a distinctly Southern voice and more often than not with a hint of pitch-black humour. His published work includes MIDNIGHT RAIN, THE WICKED, ANIMOSITY, UGLY AS SIN, ODD MAN OUT, and SCAPEGOAT (co-written w/Adam Howe). Up next is IN THE SCRAPE (co-written w/Mark Steensland).
Adam Howe writes the twisted fiction your mother warned you about. A British writer of fiction and screenplays, he lives in London with his partner, their daughter, and a hellhound named Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the international On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle editions of King’s memoir. His fiction has appeared in places like Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, Mythic Delirium, and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 1. He is the author of Tijuana Donkey Showdown, and two novella collections, Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and Black Cat Mojo. In the pipeline: the occult thriller Scapegoat, co-written with James Newman, a horror/crime collaboration with Adam Cesare, and 80’s action throwback, One Tough Bastard.
About the reviewer: Sadie is Mother Horror. If there is anything worth reading, she knows about it. You can find reviews and other bookish content by Sadie in Scream Magazine, Cemetary Dance Magazine, Black Static Magazine, her book blog and of course, the Night Worms blog. Sadie’s reviews are everywhere and after reading about The Nightmare Room and The Hungry Ones on Cemetary Dance I knew I needed to read them.
“For me, part of the excitement of picking up The Nightmare Room was knowing that it was the first book in a series. I love the idea of a good horror series that spans over several books. It’s fun to anticipate a return to a storyline I enjoyed or revisit characters to see what will happen to them next.”
I couldn’t agree more. I also like what she said about The Nightmare Room.
“…a really well written haunted house story that’s easy to follow and scary. This is a must-have for your horror collection.”
About the author: Chris Sorenson spends many days and nights locked away inside his own nightmare room. He is the narrator of over 200 audiobooks and the recipient of three AudioFile Earphone Awards. Over the past fifteen years, the Butte Theater and Thin Air Theatre Company in Cripple Creek, Colorado have produced dozens of his plays and has written numerous screenplays.
This is just a small taste of what the Night Worms team has to offer. Believe us when we say, horror is our happy place. Don’t be afraid to hit one of us up or ask for a recommendation. You can find more info on the review team here.
This is a quick intro to myself, my life, and why I write. I'm a husband and father who loves to read all things dark, thrilling, mysterious, and suspenseful. I didn't always enjoy reading but have been nothing short of obsessed over the last five or so years. The obsession has lead to writing and so here I am fighting for time to read and write while trying to work a full-time job and satisfy my family's needs (#1 priority). I write to encourage others to read and take part in open discussions about life from great books to parenting and adulting. I want to provide a space for like-minded individuals to read, and share their thoughts. Maybe we can help each other to find ways to read a little more with the limited time we have in the day.