Saturday, October 25, 2008

"Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival : Thrill Me!"

This question comes from Amy at "My Friend Amy's Blog" here
I decided to join in this week...

Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, there's something about the shorter days and chilly air that makes one want to curl up with a scary book. The horror market for Christian fiction is growing in creativity and testing all sorts of boundaries. The suspense market is also very rich with many talented authors. So my question(s) for you is...what's the best Christian fiction horror or suspense novel that you've read? What book would you recommend to someone who wanted to try out these genres? What's a book in these genres you want to read but haven't yet?

For me personally, one of favorites so far this year is "Never Ceese" by Sue Dent. She somehow managed to wrap werewolves, vampires and faith all up in one bundle and make it amazing at the same time. I was blown away by it.

I was also impressed by "Chosen" by Ted Dekker and look forward to the rest of that series. And Robert Liparulo has a new series out with the first 2 books called "House of Dark Shadows" and "Watcher in the Woods" - these books gave me chills.








"Abomination" by
Colleen Coble was really good and anything by Brandilyn Collins qualifies as well...









I am looking forward to reading John Olson's book "Shade"
but it's not at the top of my TBR stack yet (but hopefully soon!)

9 comments:

M. C. Pearson said...

You're right, we do have similar taste! And it is great taste, I might add. ;-)

bigguysmama said...

How do you guys read these books and sleep at night? Mentally I put Liparulo's books into a "sci-fi" category so my brain could take it. I'm such a whimp. But Dekker? He is in a league of his own. He wrote "Sinner" didn't he? I mean, his covers give me the heebeejeebees. All to his credit as a good writer.

~Mimi B (not M.C.)

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reading in Seattle said...

I love the looks of some of those covers! I haven't read any of those yet. . .

:) Wendi
http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/2008/10/saturday-christian-fiction-carnival_24.html

Amy said...

I'm really looking forward to Shade as well. ;)

Lindsey said...

I really need to read Liparulo's books! And Chosen by Ted Dekker.

I read and enjoyed Never Ceese as well!

Here's my post: http://kindredthought.blogspot.com/2008/10/saturday-christian-fiction-carnival_24.html

Sue Dent said...

Oh my! Do not read Never Ceese if Dekker and Liparulo's work scares you! :O

Neither of my publishers are or were affiliated with CBA or ECPA and can and do write for the general market (as a Christian.) Many will tell you my story didn't frighten them but these are readers of the broader general market most of the time.

Never Ceese was short-listed for a Bram Stoker award. It has horror elements and I don't hold back. If it needs to be in the story to make the story work . . . it's there.

Just wanted to make that clear. My demographic is very different than the one Dekker and Liparulo write for. :)

Sunny said...

I agree with Mimi B. The covers alone are enough to scare me on some of those!

I'm going to have to pluck that chicken feather of mine and read some of these!

Lori said...

Great list. Just order House of Dark Shadows.

Lisa said...

Unlike bigguysmama, I am quite thrilled about the books of Dekker! I'm looking forward of reading some of Brandilyn Collin's too. I think she's into forensics. I'm quite inclined with it too.

For Dekker's fans out there, House will be showing in theaters on November 7, check out their official website (House the movie).