March was a quiet month for new book releases so I am hoping that there is a much better selection of new fiction coming in April to make up for the down month of March.
DarkFuse does not have any books scheduled for April release, which is a bummer, but ChiZine Publications looks set to step up to the plate in a big way. Shadows in Summerland by Adrian Van Young promises to be a strong novel that is a mixture of gothic horror and historical fiction loosely based on historical events and stunningly unique. This is the only release on ChiZine’s calendar for April but it looks to be a definite case of quality over quantity and I am looking forward to this book.
Samhain Publishing has a full slate of books scheduled for April kicking it off with Blood Sacrifices by Michael Moreland which collects four of the author’s novellas (The Girl from the Blood Coven, The Witching House, Darkness Rising, and The Vagrants). The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks tells the story of a doctor that must venture into the mind of a serial killer and be forced to face not only the killer’s darkness but the darkness in his own mind. Hunter Shea’s I Kill in Peace tells the story of a man who finds himself compelled to commit murder by an unknown force and whose actions may just change the world forever. The Devil’s Serenade by Catherine Cavendish is a gothic horror story about a woman who is forced to face the evil that has been living for years in the house that she inherits from her aunt. This is a very strong slate of books from Samhain in April that is sure to put a wicked grin on an horror fan’s face.
It is not often that an autobiography makes my list of books I am looking forward to but that is exactly what I found in NOFX: The Hepatitus Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX and Jeff Alulis on April 12. NOFX is one of the most influential punk bands of all time and I am a long-time fan and hoping that the book will be as entertaining as the band’s music. David Baldacci brings back Amos Decker and his freakish memory in The Last Mile on April 19th and James Rollins and Grant Blackwood check in with the second novel in the Tucker Wayne series with War Hawk. April 26th brings a trio of intriguing reads starting with Sharp Ends, a collection of short stories by Joe Abercrombie. Iris Johansen brings us the 20th book in the Eve Duncan series with Hide Away and John Sandford gives us the 26th book featuring Lucas Davenport in Extreme Prey. That pretty much rounds out the month of April.
April looks to be another relatively sparse month for new fiction but there are some gems in the few offerings of the month. My one book to read in the month of April is Shadows in Summerland which looks to be another very good book by ChiZine Publications. The books from Samhain Publishing are also very strong so there are several good books to tide the avid reader though the dawn of spring until May and the start of summer arrive just around the flip of the next calendar page.