I just finished two great horror novels and thought why not write a recommendation for both? Justin Cronin’s The Passage came out several years ago and got stellar reviews-I just now got around to reading it and it was wonderful! And a recent release that has gotten lots of rave reviews is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 – it is also awesome. Both books come in at over 600 pages but they are the kind of books that you wish went on for another 600. Cronin’s story is about vampires that were created by our defense department when they were experimenting to make the perfect soldier who heals quickly, etc. The military tries out its formulas in a heavily secured facility on death row inmates who have run out of appeals and have no relatives interested in what has happened to them. Of course, disaster strikes the facility and the infected inmates get loose. Most of the human race is obliterated but there are some survivors in safe areas and they have to figure out how to stay alive and possibly kill the monsters that were created. In Hill’s NOS4A2, there is an evil main character named Charlie Manx who drives a vintage Rolls Royce and goes around kidnapping mothers and their children. His helper rapes and kills the mothers and Manx drives the children to his warped fantasy land “Christmasland”. Manx believes that he can see the future and that he is saving the children from whatever wrong deeds their mothers are going to do and the kids will be happy forever in Christmasland. Unfortunately, as the evil road trips progress, Manx slowly absorbs the minds of the children and they become little monsters. There are a few special people who realize what Manx is doing and try to stop him-one is a librarian! Two top notch horror picks for you summer reading pleasure.