Carl Rustung

More Horror

Still filling my Kindle with horror stories, here are a few more I’ve enjoyed recently.

(The previous batch)

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (2016) by Iain Reid

A young couple goes on a road trip, but something about the man is... off. All the tension made it an uncomfortable read, but it was still a real page-turner for me. Clever writing and a surreal, nightmarish feel.

“North American Lake Monsters” (2013) by Nathan Ballingrud

Saw a ton of recommendations for this collection of short stories, and it more than lived up to expectations. Haunting stories, an interesting mix of fucked-up humans and traditional monsters. Personal favorite story: “The Good Husband”.

“Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell” (2019) by Nathan Ballingrud

“Lake Monsters” left me wanting more Ballingrud short stories, and boy howdy did this collection hit the spot. What if Hell (not just the village a few hours north of here) and its creatures were real and sort of leaking into our world? Ballingrud paints some amazing pictures – ever heard the one about the pirate captain, the devil worshipper and the cannibal priest who walked into the skull of a giant fallen angel on the shores of Hell? Starving for more stories from this universe.

“The Hunger” by Alma Katsu

A story from the Oregon Trail set in 1846, a fictionalized account of what happened to the infamous Donner party. Got really immersed in this one, so many great characters, so much dread. Suppose it works best if you’ve checked out the actual history and played the computer game classic to get a sense of the hardship of trekking across North America in a conestoga wagon. (Shocking lack of dysentery, though.)