Fiends by John Farris
Time to be absolutely fucking petrified. So these monsters look all weird and rictus-y when they have ivy or some plant around their necks, but when you remove it, they come back to life to wreak havoc, killing almost everyone.
Now, the tagline is troubling.
Enter a Holocaust of horror
As opposed to another type of Holocaust? I mean, I think it’s best to not use the Holocaust like this in the first place and be a bit more respectful, but if you’re going to do it, let it make sense.
That said, this book truly is the epitome of terrifying horror. I’m actually afraid to even throw it away, it may be cursed so as to unleash some fiends in my own life.
Molt Brother by Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Science fiction is at its best when acting as an allegory for life. It can also be at its worst. I remember this at its best, but I fear that if I were to reread it, the opposite might be true. The story of love across species and a human man being indoctrinated into an other culture, I mean even writing this makes me cringe a little.
Anyway, I hope this stands up to time a bit better than my recollections of it do, because it has a fabulous Star Wars-esque cover and I remember being quite clever and insightful.
Monster by Christopher Pike
For those not in the know, in school, Christopher Pike was like a much cooler R.L. Stine. His work was a bit edgier, a bit scarier, a bit more grown up. Of course this is talking in literary circles, so not in actual levels of cool, but to me, this is how it was.
I don’t know where I got this copy from, but it was obviously a library book once, and in a second hand store or two after that. Somewhere it lost its cover, but I think that was my fault.
I’ll quote the back to you:
Mary Carlson walked into the party with a loaded shotgun. In the blink of the eye, she blew two people away. She wanted to kill more, but was stopped by her best friend…
And so on. Pretty icky subject matter these days with ubiquitous school shootings in the US, but at the time, a good allegory for cool versus not cool.