Below we have Joshua Marsella’s best books of 2020 these are in no particular order, so kick back eat, drink, be merry and also have your bank card close at hand because you’ll want to check some of these out!
A Lush and Seething Hell by John Horner Jacobs
“This book contains two novellas that are equally terrifying. They both act as warning against sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong. Jacobs’ writing is masterful and several scenes gave me goosebumps and stuck with me long after I finished the book.”
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
“This fantasy/steampunk hybrid has jumped up to the top of my favorite modern fantasy list. The plot is simple, but takes twists and turns you never see coming. Bancroft writes beautifully and his ability to paint a perfect picture in your head of the world he’s created is brilliant.”
Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower
“This debut novel stuck out to me for its character work and impressively authentic dialogue. The story follows a sharpshooter with a troubled past and quickly nose dives into the horror when she starts to uncover a darkness that has been following her around since her childhood.”
Blood and Rain by Glenn Rolfe
“Blood and Rain does for werewolves what Salem’s Lot did for vampires. Rolfe’s world building and knowledge of small town living shines in his epic tale of a town in Maine being terrorized by a man-eating and ruthless werewolf.”
Tome by Ross Jeffery
“If I had to describe this story to someone, I would say it’s a perfect blending of Shawshank Redemption with Lovecraftian cosmic horror. If the evil that is living within the cell blocks of JCF aren’t enough, the supernatural horrors festering in the dark corners will gladly do the job.”
The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark
“Clark has done something really special with Patience which is quite remarkable considering it’s his debut novel. He manages to converge the mystery and horror genres into a perfect recipe that is sure to give you goosebumps and leave you asking questions. The characters were authentic and felt real. The relationships were believable and the inner dialogues felt true to life. Several of the scenes gave me goosebumps and some were downright scary.”
Devil’s Creek by Todd Keisling
“Keisling unleashed a phenomenal story onto the world. Using his own experiences of growing up in a devout religious town as an outcast, not too different from Stauford, he pushes the boundaries of how far the devoutly religious are willing to go to prove their love for an unseen entity. His character work is masterful and the town of Stauford comes alive.”
True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik
“True Crime is an extremely twisted tale based in a realistic scenario, but is also a study in human nature and how destruction of the soul by a lifetime of abuse can affect the lives of people beyond the victims.”
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
“This impressive debut novel follows a young woman that slowly starts to unravel her hidden past. A past that involves magic, secret rituals, and witches. This is a classic take on witches and black magic that puts modern spin on it without being overbearing and beating the reader over the head.”
Dust Devils by Jonathan Janz
“This powerhouse of a novel merges the western and horror genres to give us an adventure in the wild west that will leave you checking your boots for rattlesnakes. Cody is a man on a mission; to hunt down a band of vampire theater actors that have recruited his wife. Janz is an author that should not be slept on. This one made me an instant fan.”
Joshua Marsella is the author of his debut horror novella SCRATCHES which was self-published in May of 2020. He has also written several short stories that will be published in the near future in various anthologies. He currently works at his home in Maine as a stay-at-home dad with his two sons and wife Aryn.
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