MalevolentDark.com Top 10 Extreme Horror Fiction of 2017
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The recipient of the 2020 J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award brings together his most extreme characters into an epic backwoods masterpiece when a writer suffering from trauma-induced memory loss journeys to the twisted West Virginia town of Luntville to find answers.
2. Header 3 by Edward Lee and Ryan Harding
Splatterpunk Award-winning authors Edward Lee and Ryan Harding collaborate on the third book in the Header series when three Manhattan rich boys look for some kicks in a backwoods town shrouded in demented secrets.
3. Gorilla in My Room by Jack Ketchum
A collection of 15 stories portraying the darkest aspects of the human condition by the 2014 Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Splatterpunk Awards Hall of Legends inductee. With an introduction by Edward Lee.
4. Splatterpunk Fighting Back edited by Jack Bantry and Kit Power
A charity anthology by the creator of Splatterpunk Zine features new fiction by Adam Millard, Matt Shaw, Bracken MacLeod, John Boden, Duncan Ralston, Rich Hawkins, Glenn Rolfe, George Daniel Lea, Tim Curran, W.D. Gagliani and Dave Benton, and Kristopher Rufty.
5. The Hematophages by Stephen Kozeniewski
A novel by the three-time Splatterpunk Awards nominee follows a doctoral student who embarks on a clandestine salvage mission in uncharted outer space where she faces corporate raiders, pirates, and lamprey-like monstrosities called hematophages.
6. DOA III edited by S.C. Mendes
Blood Bound Books completes its DOA anthology trilogy with stories by Bentley Little, John Skipp, Kristopher Triana, Shane McKenzie, John McNee, Wrath James White, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, and more.
7. Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 2 edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax
Red Room Press presents the previous year’s best extreme horror in an anthology featuring work by Michael A. Arnzen, Jasper Bark, Christa Carmen, Marvin Brown, Adam Cesare, Matthew Chabin, Jose Cruz, Andrew Darlington, Paolo Di Orazio, Stefanie Elrick, William Grabowski, Sarah L. Johnson, Eric LaRocca, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Miller, Alexandra Renwick, Bryan Smith, Jeremy Thompson, Tim Waggoner, Wrath James White, and Stephanie M. Wytovich.
8. Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz
The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young woman in Chicago. Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy exhibits signs of demonic possession and a troubling knowledge of the Sweet Sixteen killings, prompting a young priest assigned to the case to try and save the boy as well as the city from the forces of evil.
9. Killer Chronicles by Somer Canon
A woman who runs a popular online database of the worst crimes of humanity is lured to a West Virginia town by a series of bizarre deaths, hoping the story will boost her website. When she discovers an ancient primal force of nature behind the murders, her ambition and survival instinct collide.
10. Spermjackers from Hell by Christine Morgan
A novel by the Splatterpunk Award-winning author of Lakehouse Infernal follows a group of geeks who summon a succubus in this sleazy satire about sex, occultism, and nerd culture.