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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Discovered Authors 2011

Not many new discoveries last year, but then I didnt get much reading done, slowly, towards the end of the year, going off SF altogether, with more and more books unfinished- I just seem to lose interest as the year progressed!
Hopefully things will pick up again (just started a big Heinlein book!) but in the meantime here's the list of newly discovered authors from 2011.

First up a very strange horror tale from William Hope Hodgson.
House on the Borderland is a very odd tale indeed, starting off reading like classic early 20th century horror, but soon taking an odd turn! Good stuff though!

Next up a couple of stories from adopted american Algis Budrys. I remember him for his lost-identity film Who? from the 70s but never found any of his SF works, till now! I found a couple of his stories available for free download online and gave them a read.
Algis Budrys stories
Interesting and thought provoking tales!

Many may be familiar with Walter M Miller for his seminal tale A Canticle for Leibowitz, which I've yet to read, but here is a short story, which I found quite touching!
Walter M Miller

A change of scene next with a classic haunted house story from I Am Legend author Richard Matheson. I never knew he wrote horror so when I found Hell House and read about it I had to give it a go, and it didnt dissapoint! Quality horror!

Finally another quite chilling horror story, this time with sexual themes.
The Entity is a story of demonic possesion in which a mother in her 30s is possesed repeatedly at night by someone, or something, who ritually rapes her and threatens to drive her insane! I was unsure of this book but it was on my partner's shelf for ages, and I thought I'd give it a read before it went on bookmooch. I quite enjoyed it actually, and i believe a movie was made of it in the 80s.

Thats it, here's for some prosperous reading in 2012!