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Worms are disgusting little creatures.


Big worms are really disgusting creatures. Big worms eating your innards and crushing your vertebrae while you wallow with an insatiable hunger are totally disgusting. In short, The Troop by Nick Cutter is a pretty disgusting book.

A group of Canadian scouts are visiting a remote, uninhabited island off the coast when a very hungry, very sick man appears at their cabin door. Chaos ensues. This novel is filled with imagery that repulses and sickens but is somehow still pleasing. It's like a late 70's Italian zombie flick in that the images stay with you long after the story is over. Part Lord of the Flies and part The Thing (John Carpenter's 1982 film version), The Troop is an exercise in modern horror literature that left me "hungry" for more gore after each chapter. This is a scary book. I recommend avoiding eating undercooked meat or drinking unclean water while reading this story. Yuck.

Dan @ Washington Park

Chilling, yet fulfilling...


Addison lives on the fringe of humanity. When people look at his face, they are sent into fits of violence. He is a loner, but his entire life changes when he meets Gwyneth, a young girl repulsed by anybody who touches her. In Innocence by Dean Koontz two broken individuals come together one fateful night and must survive the relentless pursuit of her would-be rapist; and, possibly the end of the world.

David @ Forest Home & Zablocki


Hear about the best books 2013 has to offer. Suggestions made by librarians Tom Olson and Jacki Potratz will make holiday gift-giving a breeze. This is your chance to ask questions before you buy. Many genres, as well as children's and young adult recommendations, will be presented. All books on display will be available for checkout. Preview the titles on our Give Books! 2013 Pinterest board.

Jacki @ Central

Treasures of the Rare Books Room: Arkham House

Arkham House Bk 1.jpgThe Milwaukee Public Library has extensive holdings from Wisconsin's own Arkham House publishing in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room. August Derleth, a highly prolific Wisconsin author of mystery, science fiction, literary fiction and poetry, founded Arkham House in 1939 with fellow author Donald Wandrei. Arkham House was created in Sauk City shortly after H.P. Lovecraft's death in 1937, in the hopes that it could preserve the many unpublished works of Lovecraft through publication. The press became known for its mixture of weird fiction, horror, and fantasy by various authors as well as the high quality of printing and binding. Some authors with titles published in Arkham House are August Derleth himself, Stephen King, and Ray Bradbury. Though not a financial success during Derleth's lifetime, the numerous volumes from Arkham House are now highly sought after by bibliophiles, and science fiction and horror enthusiasts alike. Most print runs were limited to just a few thousand copies which made for a scarcity that heightens the value and collectability of these titles. The library owns a wide selection of Arkham House titles with publication dates spanning from 1939 to 2006. You can request a viewing of one of these 170 items from Arkham House in MPL's Rarities collection by speaking with a librarian at the Art, Music, and Recreation reference desk. To speak with an Art librarian, call (414) 286-3071.

Feed by Mira Grant

feedcover.jpgIf you're anything like me, you've started to suffer from a bit of zombie fatigue. The tropes that come with stories about shambling hordes of the undead have started to bore you, and it's as if the genre itself has become as lifeless as its brain-slurping antagonists. Thankfully there is a solution to zombie fatigue, and it is Feed by Mira Grant.

Avoiding the tired clich├ęs of outbreak tales, Grant creates a tale in a post-zombie outbreak world that focuses not on the undead, but on the lives and world of the living. The story focuses on Georgia and Shaun Mason, two adopted siblings who are also up-and-coming bloggers. Tapped to follow the presidential campaign of a Wisconsin senator, Georgia and Shaun quickly find themselves caught in the crossfire of a deadly conspiracy. Unflinching in their pursuit of the truth, Georgia and Shaun face dangers both living and undead in a story filled with chills and thrills, and more than a few chuckles as well. When the book comes to its shocking conclusion, you'll be chomping at the bit for the rest of Grant's Newsflesh Trilogy, Deadline and Blackout.

Tim @ Central

Dylan Dog: Case Files by Tiziano Sclavi

dylandogcover.jpegIt's not hard to see why the Dylan Dog series is so popular in its native land of Italy. A comic series that has lasted since 1986 (and has been one of the bestselling comic series in Italy ever since), it features stories about a handsome London-based private investigator whose cases often involve beautiful women, gruesome monsters, and ghastly crimes. Though mostly unavailable in America, Dark Horse Publishing has thankfully put out Dylan Dog: Case Files, an English language compilation of seven stories by Dylan Dog's original creator Tiziano Sclavi. Each of these stories is gorgeously illustrated in black and white, packing great emotion and life into its contrasting lines and shadows. The seven stories are each very unique and interesting, with their own individual themes and plot hooks.

The stories translate well to American audiences, and the compilation offers a variety of chills, thrills, and more. While slightly altered from the original (Dylan's sidekick is a Groucho Marx impersonator in the original, and finds himself stripped of name and mustache for the American release), these stories retain their charm and character with the translation. If you're desperate for more adventures of Dylan Dog after finishing the book, you'll find yourself having to learn Italian. There's only the one volume here in America, while the series has continued for years over in Italy.

Tim @ Central

The Invisibles by Hugh Sheehy

invisiblescover.jpgWhen I first saw Hugh Sheehy's The Invisibles on the new book shelf, I thought, "oh, I don't really like short stories." The first sentence of the first story hooked me, though, and by the fourth page of Meat and Mouth, my heart was in my throat and goose bumps were on my arms.

I guess I do like short stories, at least when they are as gripping and evocative as the ones in this collection. Ranging from scary to sad, and mysterious to melancholy, they are filled with situations that, as far out or as strange as they appear on the surface, strike universal chords. Some of the most vivid and haunting characters are ones that we the readers do not even meet. It's hard to get these tales out of my head, and I'm finding myself encouraging friends and family to read them so we can please discuss.

Anna W @ Central

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