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Oct 26

Thrilling Monster Horror

Posted on October 26, 2021 at 2:50 PM by Michael Lang

In this last week, we focus on novelist, Josh Malerman, author of thrilling and suspenseful horror. He wrote 14 novels that were never sent to publishers before the publication of his novel Bird Box. It was with the help of a high school friend sending one of Josh’s novels to someone in the book business. The rest is history. He continues to write and juggles between novels he’s already written and any new ideas he has moving forward. 

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Malerman’s novels are considered thrilling, freaky, and unsettling. Here we list the books available in our collection. Try one today and find out if you agree.

DB 79311 Bird Box

As Malorie learns she is pregnant, the news is full of people committing sudden violent murders and suicides after seeing some unknown thing. Like others, Malorie blindfolds herself and stays inside, but finally must risk death to find others to help her. Violence and strong language. 2014.

DB100112 Malorie: Bird Box, book 2

Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. Now Malorie is shocked to learn loved ones she thought dead are still alive. Sequel to Bird Box (DB 79311). Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 90710 Unbury Carol

Since childhood, Carol has had attacks where she falls into a coma-like state that mimics death. Few besides her husband, Dwight, know about her condition, and Dwight decides Carol's latest attack is a chance for him to get rid of her, even if he has to bury her alive. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

DB 94292 Inspection

J is one of twenty-six students at an isolated school, deep in the forest. The students are not allowed to know life outside the school, but J has questions. Across the forest, K is in a similar school and has questions of her own. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB102046 A house at the bottom of a lake

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something strange below the water's surface that changes their lives forever. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB103465 Goblin: a novel in six novellas

The town of Goblin seems like any other ordinary small town. But six interconnected novellas tell the story of a deranged love, a terrified man setting ghost traps in his house, a big game hunter searching for the ultimate prey, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.Unsett