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4. The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike (Tr. Deborah Boliver Boehm)
Originally published in Japan in 1986, this tale of psychological horror tells the story of Teppei, Misao, and their daughter Tamao. When this young family moves into a new apartment complex (which, as you may have already guessed, is built beside a cemetery) they think they’ve found the perfect place to call home. They soon realize, however, that their new haven is already housed by an evil entity—and that, the longer they stay, the harder it is to leave.
3. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Tr. Jonathan Wright)
Written in Arabic and translated into English, this novel takes place in U.S.-occupied Baghdad; there, Hadi collects various human body parts, stitching them together in the hopes of creating one singular corpse. Why do this, you might ask? Hadi says that his goal is to get the government to recognize these dismembered parts as former people and to give them a proper burial. But, one day, the corpse goes missing; add to that a series of disturbing murders by a strange individual who cannot be killed, and Hadi finds himself with a serious problem.
2. The Fold by Peter Clines
Somewhere in the California desert, scientists have invented a device called the Albuquerque Door. This device allows dimensions to “fold,” enabling a traveller to relocated hundreds of feet with only a single step. While its inventors claim the device is totally safe, mounting evidence suggests that they are not being entirely truthful. It is up to Mike Erikson to solve the mystery before the device destroys everything in its path.
1. Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh
Jimmy Kalmaku and George Watters are not what they seem. In appearance, they are both harmless elderly men. In reality, they have their own unique connections to the supernatural—and they have both saved the world.
When George’s grandson mysteriously vanishes, George and Jimmy must come to the rescue once again; to do so, they must face Deadlight Jack, who is also not as he appears. Seemingly just a street magician, it turns out that Deadlight Jack is not only not human, he is also involved in a dark and terrible magic.
What theme would you like to see for the next book list?