Between the Lines: Oh, the horror ... novels

Published: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 13AANDE
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 7:44 am

Fear can be delicious when you're alone reading a horror novel, or sitting in a darkened movie theater witnessing the unspeakable on the big screen. So, let's get some chills going:

• If you think you've seen all the scary movies, "The Horror Show Guide" by Mike Mayo will open your eyes with descriptions of hundreds of recent and vintage films (Visible Ink, $19.95, 400 pages).

How about "Don't Look Now" with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland (1973), or the original "The Walking Dead" with Boris Karloff (1936)?

• Two supernatural creatures from afar are stranded in a city of immigrants (1899 New York) in "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker (Harper, $26.99, 496 pages). They become comrades joined to conquer "a powerful menace."

• Stephen King, Clive Barker, Lisa Tuttle and other masters of the horror genre fill the pages of the anthology "Shivers VII" with "dark fiction," edited by Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance, $20, 400 pages).

• This last title echoes with shades of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" (1895) and the 1960 movie of that name. In "How To Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel," physicist Brian Clegg explores the possibility of making Wells' fantasy come true (St. Martin's, $15.99, 320 pages).

Pulitzers – a local angle

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. Taking the fiction medal was Adam Johnson for "The Orphan Master's Son" (Random House, $15, 480 pages). John- son, associate professor of English at Stanford, appeared for the Sacramento Bee Book Club in September.

Given the latest conflict with North Korea, his story is timely. It's a darkly surrealistic tale set in North Korea, about the life of "average citizen" Pak Jun Do. Toward the end, his arc intersects with North Korea's former sociopathic "Dear Leader," Kim Jong Il.

"I didn't set out to write a book about North Korea," Johnson told me. "I began reading about it in 2004 and became fascinated. I started sketching scenes in my mind for a story that would show the human side of the country."

Finalists for best fiction were "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander, and "The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey.

For the full winners list, go to

'Oleander Girl' appearance

Award-winning author and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni will discuss and autograph her new novel, "Oleander Girl," at a special Sacramento Public Library Foundation event.

Two of her books, "The Mistress of Spices" and "Sister of My Heart," were made into films.

"Oleander Girl" was named among the "16 New Books to Get Lost in This April" by Oprah's Bookclub 2.0 (

Divakaruni will appear at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Tsakopoulos Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento; it's free, but registration is required at (916) 264-2711. Visit her at

Consider these ...

• "A Delicate Truth" by John Le Carre (Viking, $28.95, 320 pages; on sale May 7): The master of the espionage thriller returns with a tale about a top-secret counterterrorist operation that may have been a coup or a disaster – no one's talking.

Three years later, Toby Bell, the prime minister's private secretary, is charged with finding out.

• "Wonderland" by Ace Atkins (Putnam, $26.95, 320 pages): Veteran writer Atkins continues the late Robert B. Parker's series featuring Boston private investigator Spenser.

For Spenser fans, it's another solid entry; for newcomers, dive in.

• "Night Moves" by Randy Wayne White (Putnam, $26.95, 368 pages): The 20th entry in the Doc Ford series finds Florida biologist (and black-ops agent) and his pal Tomlinson risking their lives to solve a decades-old mystery: How did five Navy planes and their pilots disappear over the Everglades?

• "Life at the Marmont" by Raymond Sarlot and Fred Basten (Penguin, $16, 368 pages): Chateau Mormont became a legendary hideaway for celebrities, from Jean Harlow, Errol Flynn and John Wayne, to Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand and Mick Jagger. The authors tell its secrets.

• "The Lake House" by Marci Nault (Gallery, $15, 400 pages): The Sacramento author sets her story in Massachusetts. Fifty years earlier, teenage friends made a pact to remain in their lakeside town, but one of them left for Hollywood. Now she's returned to Nagog to find healing; instead, she discovers resentment – and an unlikely friend.

• "… And the Tears Revived" by Jemuel "180" Johnson (CreateSpace, $9.99, 270 pages): A missionary returns home to help an ill friend, only to fall back in love with his former girlfriend.

The book is divided into the present and the prequel story. The Sacramento author is host of Half Circle TV, airing on Comcast, U-verse and Surewest.

Around town

Avid Reader in Davis has authors upcoming, all appearing at 7:30 p.m. (617 Second St., Davis; 530-758-4040).

• Deborah Madison for her new cookbook, "Vegetable Literacy," Tuesday;

• Karen Levy for "My Father's Gardens," Friday;

• Lani Muelrath for "Fit Quickies," Saturday.

April 21

The Placerville Shakespeare Club will host its sixth annual Authors Day, 1 p.m. at 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville; (530) 677-8409,

Local authors will give presentations, answer questions and sign books. Tickets are $10 at the door.

April 27

The Gold Country Writers will host their free annual Spring Book Affair at 1 p.m. in the Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn;

Local authors will sign their books; with keynote speakers and workshops.

May 4

Jack Parker for "Tibetan Adventure" and three other titles in the "Adventure" series, 11 a.m. at the Orvis Store, 1017 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, (916) 783-9499; and 1 p.m. May 18 at Barnes and Noble, 1256 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, (916) 788-4320.

May 7

Jazz meets poetry when musicians and poets perform together; 7 p.m. at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.

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