J. Lincoln Fenn

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Creepy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. In honour of Halloween, which I don’t really do anything for, here are some creepy books you might want to check out if you’re in the mood for a scare.

poePoe by J. Lincoln Fenn
There’s supernatural elements in Poe as well as the standard stuff of having a creepy old house full of secrets, a séance and a possible psychotic murderer. Poe may be creepy but it also does a great job in adding humour to make the creepiness bearable.

The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro
If you’ve seen the TV show, you’ll know what The Strain is about. The thing about the book is it starts with this plane that’s completely silent and the atmosphere in the airport is suffocating. From there it never really lets up, there’s the vampire like creature, the graphic description of peoples bodies changing – the whole thing really sets your teeth on edge.

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan HarstadFullSizeRender (48)
I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s one of those books that’s best to go in blind but it was another creepy book that gave me goosebumps. I liked the tension and sense of foreboding throughout the novel and when the weirdness starts to happen, you don’t know what to believe. (more…)

REVIEW: Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

poeDimitri isn’t having a great time. His parents died a year ago, his novel about Rasputin has turned into 10,000 words of drivel and he’s writing obituary’s for the local newspaper. Things start to look up when he meets Lisa but then after a séance in an old, abandoned house on Halloween things start to turn a bit weird. He wakes up in the morgue, starts to be haunted by a ghost he name’s Poe and then there’s the rather grisly murders happening in the town.

Dimitri is a funny guy, he’s incredibly sarcastic and his comments often made me grin to myself – he’s the sort of guy I’d like to hang round with. He reacts to the weird and potentially dangerous situations he finds himself in very realistically. He may go running into a situation without much of a plan but he keeps his wits about him. He is one of my favourite protagonists I’ve read in a while.

Poe leads you into the supernatural elements slowly which I appreciated with Dimitri learning at the same pace as you. There’s good supernatural elements and evil ones and Dimitri has to figure out who or what Poe is and under which category they fall into.

I liked the writing as it was often funny as well as being very creepy and suspenseful. It was also very fast-paced as plot threads which didn’t seem to have any connection to each other came together and made the story richer because of it. Also the way in which the characters, even minor ones like Dimitri’s co-workers are described makes them seem so vivid that you feel you know them and understand them.

The way Poe ended made me think that there’s potential for a sequel which I would definitely read. The majority of the plot was wrapped up but there were still a few loose ends that could be continued and there were characters that I’d like to get to know a bit better.

Poe is a supernatural/horror novel that it is also really funny and I’d definitely recommend it. 5/5.