February's Best Reads

It's no secret that the hosts of the Know Fear cast are book lovers, so we've rounded up some things we've been loving this month. Let us know if you've read these, and share what you're loving too. We are always on the look out for a good book. 

  • Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, by Colin Dickey

This is a great exploration of the haunted history of America that hits all the hot spots, like the Winchester Mystery House, the House of the Seven Gables, the Myrtles Plantation, and Moundsville Prison, to name a few. If you listened to our series on haunted houses and you wonder why we tell ghost stories and how they relate to history, you need to read this book.

  • Salsa Nocturna, by Daniel José Older

If you listened to Episode 15 about supernatural detective fiction, and thought to yourself, I want to read some contemporary stories that mix ghosts and noir mystery, here you go. Several of the stories follow Carlos Delacruz, a half-dead agent for the New York Council of the Dead who spends his time tracking ghosts and demons and trying to figure out the motives of his bosses. If you like the stories with Carlos, he is in The Bone Street Rumba series. 

  • We Eat Our Own, by Kea Wilson

This book is an insane journey deep into the jungle, as Wilson puts the reader in the shoes of an actor who is filming a movie on location. With overtones of Ruggero Deodato's 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust, Wilson's book flips the idea of horror on its head, making the reader question who is good and who is evil. It perfectly encapsulates the schlock and horror and dark comedy that is at the heart of the cannibal films we know and love. February is Women in Horror Month, and Kea Wilson is a welcome addition to horror genre. 

Happy reading, our little horror fiends. Just remember to keep the lights on at night.

--Matt, Mel, and Lisa