May is coming to a close and June looms just around the corner. That means another whole month’s worth of new book releases and June has plenty of great books to offer readers. It just might, in fact, have more great books in store than May had.
Before talking about books that are sure to end up on the bestseller list, a look at a couple of the best small presses highlights some books that deserve to be bestsellers. Chi-Zine Publications will release two books in June. “The Mona Lisa sacrifice” by Peter Roman begins the saga of Cross, a soul trapped inside of Jesus’ body after his crucifixion. I have never read anything by Roman before but I trust Chi-Zine to publish only the best fiction and I have never read a book published by them that I did not like. The publisher’s other release, “The ‘geisters” by David Nickle, is one that I have been looking forward to for a while. Nickle’s collection, “Monstrous affections” also published by Chi-Zine, was one of the best collections of short stories that I have ever read. Chi-Zine has published a couple of his other books that I have unfortunately not had the chance to read but this tale of a girl haunted by a poltergeist that grows in power and violence as she ages sounds like a great story to me. This will be Nickle’s fourth Chi-Zine release.
Darkfuse checks in with its normal three releases for the month. “The new flesh” by Keith Deininger is Darkfuse’s novel for the release this month. It is a tale of a legacy of terror as the power of The Molten Man grows stronger. While “The new flesh” was a good novel, the novellas that Darkfuse has slated for June are even better. “Love & zombies” by Eric Shapiro is a great take on the zombie mythos that will scare you and have you laughing at the same time. “F9” by Michael McBride is a masterpiece of horror. McBride is a very underappreciated author and this tale about serial killers and the link that exists between them is a great example of his talent. If “F9” does not terrify you on some level, then nothing ever will.
June kicks off with a bang with “Joyland” by Stephen King arriving in stores on June 4th. This novel will only be available in paperback since it is being published by Hard Case Crime. This is the first of two novels that will be released by King this year and is sure to fly off shelves. Also in book stores on June 4th is “The kill room” by Jeffery Deaver. This is the 10th book in the Lincoln Rhyme series about a U.S. citizen that is assassinated by the U.S. government.
The rest of the month kind of pales in the light of a new King novel and the great books from Darkfuse and Chi-Zine. June 11th brings the return of Cotton Malone in Steve Berry’s “The king’s deception” when Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England and, of course, there are complications along the way. June 18th brings “The ocean at the end of the lane” by Neil Gaiman which is being billed as a fairy tale for adults. “The 9th girl” by Tami Hoag also comes out on the 18th and is a mystery featuring Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska. Janet Evanovich (“The heist”) and Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (“Sovereign”) also have new releases on June 18th. The month winds down with a new thriller by James Patterson, “Second honeymoon,” on June 24th.
June comes in with a bang with a new Stephen King novel and then kind of winds down but there are still plenty of great releases from the small press to satisfy any reader. Take the time in June to check out an author that you have never tried before with one of the new books from Darkfuse or Chi-Zine. You will be happy you did.