Recommended Reading: January 2017

After a bit of time off due to a combination of workload and the plague, I’m back with a few more recommendations.


Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
Release Date: 03/01/2017
Publisher: Corsair
Pages: pp. 272 RRP: £13.99 (Paperback)
Kindle edition available here (£7.99)

I won’t hide it – I’m a fan of Roxane Gay’s work. Ever since I was directed to read Bad Feminist, I’ve always made time to read her work (including her amazing run on Marvel’s World of Wakanda series, alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther series) . So when it was announced that a collection of her short stories was going to be released, I picked up a copy as soon as it came out.

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If you liked… A Natural History of Hell

I was recently recommended an interesting collection of short stories by Jeffrey Ford, A Natural History of Hell.  I’ve also been asked about short story collections over the winter break, so I thought I’d recommend a few.


A Natural History of Hell – Jeffrey Ford
Release Date: 19/07/2016
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Pages: 256pp RRP: £13.02 (Paperback)

With a title like A Natural History of Hell, it was going to be hard to ignore this book. And I’m glad that I didn’t. This is a collection that can at times prove to be genuinely unsettling, with Ford taking the reader to some sinister places.

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If you liked… The Loney

A friend recently asked me for some personal recommendations after she finished reading Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney. This got me thinking about starting a series of recommendation pages as part of an effort to bring new content to this website (asides from reviews). If you’ve just finished reading a new release (or possibly an old classic), and you’re looking to read something similar, let me know here and I’ll try to find some titles to recommend for you. Let’s start with The Loney.

The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley
Release Date: 07/04/2016 (Paperback UK)
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Pages: 368pp RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)
Ebook version available here (£4.99)

Following the devoutly religious family of brothers Hanny and Tonto as they go on an annual pilgrimage to a remote shrine in an effort to cure Hanny’s mutism, The Loney is a strong example of effective Gothic horror. It manages to balance the supernatural with the simply strange, and shows that Hurley has an ear for the absurd when it comes to conversation. Whilst it does suffer from some minor issues of pacing and focus, Hurley’s debut leaves you wanting to see what else he can conjure forth.

In terms of similar books to recommend, two in particular spring to mind.

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