December 1st, 2010


Your 2010 Gift-Giving Guide

December is here! With Christmas just a few weeks away and Hanukkah starting, er, tonight, you may find yourself at a loss for what to get your loved ones who enjoy a good read. Allow me to help with this handy gift-giving guide! Below you'll find a few books that might just fit the bill for those hard-to-shop-for recipients:

General Slocum's Gold For readers who like their hardboiled noir mixed with ghost stories and real-life New York City history, General Slocum's Gold was nominated for the 2007 Bram Stoker Award. It also received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008, was selected as's Best Story of 2007, was one of Brian Keene's Top 10 Books of 2007, was included in Gary Braunbeck's "Best Of" Reading List for 2007, and was named Best Novella of the Year by the Belleville News-Democrat's Culture Geek Blog. Even better, it's still available for only $8 from Horror Mall or directly from the publisher.

Chasing the Dragon For readers who like horror and dark fantasy mixed with an undertone of classic westerns, Chasing the Dragon was hailed by Publishers Weekly, "Kaufmann delivers gore, mayhem, and the occasional explosion. Fast paced [and] well crafted." McNally Robinson Booksellers, in making it a Staff Pick, wrote, "Chasing the Dragon packs a lot of action and character...Kaufmann draws dragon lore from a multitude of legends and cultures and forges it into something unique. The result is a darkly fantastic read." Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, says, "Chasing the Dragon moves like a bullet. As blood-soaked and thunderous as a Sergio Leone western, and grimly referential to classic pulp horror, Kaufmann turns the screws and steadily escalates the tension. A gory, thoroughly rollicking thriller--not to be missed." Available in both physical and eBook editions from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

Hunt at World's End For readers who like fast-paced, Indiana Jones-style adventure stories with just a touch of fantasy, Hunt at World's End is the stand-alone third book in the Gabriel Hunt series. Booklist wrote, "The book is written in the very best pulp style: it's set in the present day, but it feels like something right out of the 1930's or 40's (readers familiar with the Doc Savage novels will know exactly what to expect)....Fans of pulp fiction, adventure novels, and just plain good times should consider this a must-read." Publishers Weekly wrote, "Drawing firmly on the pulp tradition but never shying away from the latest and most improbable gadgetry, Gabriel Hunt's third adventure proves him a contemporary heir to Indiana Jones, Bruce Wayne and Travis McGee....Readers willing to suspend disbelief and embrace a touch of the supernatural will enjoy Hunt's romp across several continents." Available in both physical and eBook editions from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

Jack Haringa Must Die! For readers who enjoy pitch-black humor and a good, macabre laugh, Jack Haringa Must Die! offers 28 original short-shorts from authors Jack Ketchum, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Craig Shaw Gardner, James A. Moore, Laird Barron, Nick Mamatas, Mary SanGiovanni, Lee Thomas, Bev Vincent and many more, including yours truly (I also edited it). The Green Man Review called the anthology "Delightfully macabre." All proceeds go toward keeping the Shirley Jackson Awards afloat, and copies are available directly from the SJA website.

X: An Erotic Treasury For the discerning erotica reader, this gorgeous, slipcased hardcover edited by Susie Bright is the be-all, end-all. Featuring my story "Comeback," which was excerpted on Playboy's website for featuring one of the hottest scenes ever, this pulse-pounding anthology is available in both physical and eBook editions from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

Searching for a gift for someone who's interested in writing horror or dark fantasy? Look no further than On Writing Horror, the premier resource guide published by Writers Digest Books. It includes my chapter "Eerie Events and Horrible Happenings: Plotting Short Horror Fiction," and is available in both physical and eBook editions from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

Here's wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and book-filled holiday season!