Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Five titles that are pulpy in all the right ways

James S. Murray is a writer, executive producer, and actor, best known as "Murr" on the hit television show Impractical Jokers on truTV. He is also one of the stars of the TV show The Misery Index on TBS along with his comedy troupe, The Tenderloins.

His new novel, with Darren Wearmouth, is Don't Move.

At Tor.com, Murray tagged five gory, creepy page-turners that still offer the best of modern storytelling. One title on the list:
The Mine by Arnab Ray

If you’re looking for a gore-fest, look no further. As my first foray into reading horror by an Indian writer, The Mine did not disappoint. Centered on a group of five miners through their descent into caves beneath a recently destroyed ancient place of worship, the story reignites our fascination with the underground as a realm of horrific mysteries. Bloody, claustrophobic, and gripping from the first page to the last, The Mine has all of the pulpy feel of films like The Descent and The Hills Have Eyes with gruesome details layered at every turn. Clever plot twists keep the story chugging along through the individualized hellscapes of the mine that will leave the reader feeling just as paranoid as the characters trapped underground.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue