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Best Sci-Fi Horror Books

Scary books with science fiction themes. Maybe it's surviving on an alien infested ship somewhere in deep space or maybe the horror is entirely psychological as humans prepare to establish first contact with an alien species. Or maybe the theme is survival on earth against some type of infestation -- a zombie causing plague, mutated creatures from the fallout of a post apocalyptic scenario. Or maybe the horror is something else entirely -- exploring the afterlife through science, merging man and animal through untested scientific experiments, etc.

Sci-fi offers a lot of opportunity to scare and to explore what it means to be human or not human. Mostly it's just a great facking way to scare of your socks. So read our list and get our recommendations for the Top 25 best horror science fiction books.

If you have more questions about what makes up sci-fi horror, then check out our Sci-Fi Horror Subgenre Guide.


 

Some people have said that Harlan Ellison is a genius, others have said that he is a bitter asshole who has no hope in humanity, what’s more, that he hates it. Well those people, they may have a point. In fact, they both have a point really. But here, that does not matter. We are here to discuss why Ellison’s I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is the number one on this list. Ellison creates such a sense of terror and dead end hopelessness that some readers are going to have trouble finishing it. But for those with the presence of mind and stomach to finish are going to take a lot away, more than just the shit in their pants.

Humans done gone and fucked everything up. That is right guys. In an act of sheer lazy dumbfuckery Humanity created AMs which take many meanings. Their function was to run the greatest war that has ever been. Well inevitably this goes very wrong, and one of the computers absorbs the others and promptly kills off the human race. Down to five remaining humans, who he keeps in the last hospitable place on earth. There he tortures them and starves them and prevents them from killing themselves. When protagonist Ted figures out how to circumvent the rule of AM shit hits the fan! This is undoubtedly the ultimate Sci-Fi Horror Short Story.  

 

 

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war! But what makes this future so terrible, so dark, so grimdark? The Horus Heresy tells the story of how the far future became so fucked up. Though The Horus Heresy is a story told by many books and authors (Thirty to be more close) I chose it for this list because each of the books brings a new kind of fear, and introduce you to new vistas of horror and madness. Taking a page from Lovecraft's mythos, the universe of the 41st millennium features overarching cosmic horrors, mind breaking terror, and beings beyond comprehension. Travel through the gore-splattered and viscera-smeared battle fields of future wars. Detailing an archetypal fall from grace the Horus Heresy depicts the story of the Emperor of Mankind's favored son as he ventures throughout the galaxy reconquering it in his father's name, and eventually learning that not all things are as black and white as his father's Imperial Truth says it is, even the Emperor himself. The Horus Heresy is well worth the time it will take to travel through its action packed volumes, the distinct and visceral descriptions of violence and wonderful fears born of things greater than one's self have the Horus Heresy at number two on our list.And always remember, it is better to die for the Emperor than to live for yourself!

 

Horror readers the world over often come to appreciate the uniqueness of setting. As you have seen in several other entries on this list, setting is an invaluable tool in the arsenal of a good writer. In this case Richard Paul Russo has hit the jackpot. Taking his host of unique characters off of earth, in fact, off of any sort of planet Russo paints us a vibrant and horrible picture of the distant future. Paranoia, mystery, and sharp, distinct xenophobia come together in a terrifying story that will have targets ... uhhh … readers reeling.

Bartolomeo, the narrator, paints a broad picture of life on the Argonos, a ship wandering the universe for centuries. History, sociology, and religion are all explored in his description of the society and bureaucracy on the Argonos. Bartolomeo wants to be devoted to his captain, embroiled in a power struggle with the church, but the social structure where the privileged few profit from the labor of the masses ultimately disturbs him. All of the exposition becomes moot when Bartolomeo accompanies an expedition to a hospitable planet. Ship of Fools is rife with fear, aliens, and cosmic horror. Ship of Fools is a read that can not be ignored!  

 

 

Unparalleled master of horror and mad genius H. P. Lovecraft was without a doubt going to make this list. Again the question loomed. Which of his works should have the spot? The answer took me to strange places and I am not sure I can be called sane any more. However I did settle on The Colour Out of Space. By title alone this read merits a spot on this list of sci-fi horror novels, but it is content that truly makes this story worth its spot here. Delving into unnameable horror and madness Lovecraft is in top form for this entry.

An unnamed protagonist begins to investigate the crash of a meteorite that curiously begins to shrink. As the object begins to shrink it leaves behind a horrible colour, this is a colour that can not be described, one that has no words, is is only as an analogy. Eventually the colour begins to disappear but taints the land fucking with the growth and turning crops and animals to inedible gray dust. The colour drives men and women mad and apparently commits murder. There are no words for the power contained in this story. Universal themes of the universe and madness mesh perfectly with our theme of Sci-Fi horror!

 

 

The exploration of fear is central to the horror genre. All horror books explore and provide a kind of commentary on different kinds of horror, and there are many out there. Soul Tracker by Bill Myers explores a unique kind of fear. It is not the creeping subtle fear, or the fear of a neighbor, or the fear of death, or even the "Oh Holy Fuck! Please no, no, NOOOO!!!!" Fear. Soul Tracker explores the fear of the Almighty. Yeah, God is a pretty scary dude. While technically this is more of a scifi spiritual book I classify it as horror because no matter what you believe, the idea of a Hell is terrifying.

After the tragic suicide of his beloved daughter protagonist David is on a quest to make peace with her. Finally he finds a way through a mysterious and cruel billionaire who is researching the afterlife. His experiments gather data from near death experiences, and with it he is able to journey "Down the Tunnel" and find out what lies at the end, and off to the sides. Do not let the Christian themes fool you, Soul Tracker is a pulse pounding sci-fi horror. Soul Tracker and the follow up The Seeing are actually both terrifying reads I would suggest to any sci-fi fan!

 

Why this book will drive you insane? If you’ve seen the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of the book, you already know the answer. Just how much of the supernatural events at the Overlook are, in fact, supernatural? Or are the only monsters in Jack’s increasingly erratic imagination?

 

 

The Master of Modern Horror makes his debut on this list with Under the Dome. A fantastic story of terror, control, and big brother Under the Dome was, and this is entirely speculation on my part, perhaps Kings way of letting the world know that he is still around, he is still relevant, and he is still the king. King brings us the plights of a small town in what appears to be the center of all evil Maine as a unique and horrible calamity descends on them.

Under the Dome is a social study I would say, the story of a town that undergoes a terrible transformation as they are completely sealed off from the outside world when "the Dome" descends. The Dome is semipermeable and serves mysterious purposes. As the story progresses readers are in for a treat as brutality and power struggle ensue as the members of the town trapped within the Dome vie for power and control over the city. This is an example of the trend within modern classics, which basically says "We stopped looking for monsters under our beds when we discovered they were in our heads" King's Under the Dome is a masterpiece that is a must on the shelf of any self respecting horror lover.

 

 

Carrion Comfort easily falls under the classification of Science Fiction Horror, and is damn good at it. Carrion Comfort collects many recountings of the use of "the Ability" which allows its practitioners to remotely control people. Though at first glance this is a cut and dry Sci-fi, user's of "the Ability" gain vitality and youth when a person they are controlling kills another living being. Through the events of Carrion Comfort we meet Nazi's, Televangelists, billionaire playboys, and FBI investigators just to name a few. Damn what does this story not have? Oh I know, Horror? Nope. The story builds paranoia in its readers as the godlike practitioners vicariously murder innocents at a whim, using old men, children, and occasionally each other, as pawns in their own twisted games. At one point two users use a series of people as literal pawns in a game of chess, failed pieces being executed.

One reason I love this book so much is the way it treats its own genre. It is a: Sci-fi, Horror, Vampire, Body Snatcher, Classic. Where the Carrion Comfort shines however is how it gives the reader a taste of power, then uses that same power to paint a picture so horrific that I still shudder to think of the person I would be, if only I had "the Ability."

 

 

The Hunger Games is more than suited for young adults, far more, The Hunger Games is suited for adults and anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi story. Taking place in the far future, an overbearing government has seized control of the United States (and possibly more). The control of the world is as terrifying as any story, but the fear evolved is far worse. The immense power of the evil government, and the degrees of fucked they can place your life, coupled with their insane level of technology gives them a tone and style that makes The Hunger Games about far more than a little girl coming of age.

In the dystopian future the ominous Panem government holds an annual Hunger Games a competition in which children collected from across the ruined former United States are thrown into a high tech arena where they must fight to the death. The Arena in which the game is held is controlled down to the very time the sun rises by the game makers. That's right this is a game that the sick and fucked up people of The Capital not only watch, but enjoy. This world is horrifying and is perfect for the young and the old. Definitely one of the better books I have read, and certainly one I did not expect to be horror.

 

 

False Memory is an exciting thriller that is one of Dean Koontz's best novels. The story line centers on personal and societal phobias that the great author makes so frighteningly real that the audience will fear what happens next because it could happen to them. The characters are wonderfully designed so that fans can understand what has occurred. Though a bit wordy at times, Mr. Koontz has written a fabulous tale that will eliminate any fears that his audience might have that the grand master of suspense has lost it.

Martine "Martie" Rhodes seems to have it all together as she is happily married and a successful video game designer. However, her world begins to collapse. Her brother-in-law jumps off the roof after insisting he has seen and spoken with an angel, who vows the other side is better. Her best friend Susan struggles with a severe case of agoraphobia, leaving Martie to coax her into leaving her home so she can see a psychiatrist. Susan swears that her estranged husband rapes her every night even though her home is locked tight.Martie soon begins to fear her own shadow, finding it difficult to even look in a mirror. Already grieving his brother's stunning suicide, Martie's spouse Dustin worries about her sudden descent into a seemingly deep-rooted phobia. He begins to search for common links between his brother, his wife, and their friend, as well as another individual who has sunk into a debilitating fear, he begins to see just how deep the rabbit hole is. Read it!

 

Very few books can claim to have changed the face of the world. Fewer still can claim to have altered the perceptions of thousands of readers. However, 1984, can make that claim, and no one that knows what's good for them will counter that claim. 1984 depicts a horrifying, choking, and stifling then future. Encapsulating George Orwell's complex feelings about the Soviet Party of Russia 1984 has influenced more grimmdarkness than all of the current world leaders combined, and that is a shit ton, I am looking at you Mr. Jong-un.

Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn't exist as such, but was merely what the "Big Brother" said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. The story is told from the point of view of Winston Smith, a functionary of the Ministry of Truth whose work involved the "correction" of all records each time the "Big Brother" decided that the truth had changed. 1984 is a frightening depiction of what one man believed was to be (behind us) but what may actually be (before us) Spare no time in picking this one up!

 

 

The Passage is a book I loved. Vampires (sorta) little girls with the key to salvation, and an apocalypse what is not to love. Written in several styles all feeling very similar to an epistolary tale our story takes place in a soon to be dystopian world, following an event that will devastate the world! Bleak and terrifying the Passage is a book that frankly was overlooked for some reason, but upon reading one can see its influence in popular horror and genre siblings of today. In fact I am actually surprised it has not been made into a movie yet.

Murderers, thieves, liars, adulterers, and vial scum, collected for the sheer purpose of inflicting chaos to a world at peace, are given immense power over thousands and set loose on the world. No I am not talking about villains in the book, this is the government(s). Yes the government, the omnipresent force for evil and hatred in the world is at it once more. Fucking around with genetics and shit they should not be touching they have created themselves a viral outbreak that changes the face of the world leaving little but scraps for the survivors to fight for. Definitely a powerful sci-fi, and a terrifying journey.

 

 

Jack Finney is a wonderful author, maybe not prolific per-say, but skilled. In his novel The Body Snatchers he endeavors to prove that horror does not need blood, nor does it need demons, or even ancient curses, the only thing horror needs is fear. This story has been retold many times; the 50's serial, book, and movie; the retellings of both in the 70's; and that God-awful 1992 movie. The pure horror of its concept is so universal that the term "body snatcher" is used worldwide. Beware the pods: there are places in your house they might hide.

An epidemic of a specific neurosis: all around you, people are claiming that their closest friends and relatives have been replaced by perfect impostors. They question their sanity. Then they recover. But you start to wonder, for a friend/family member seems a bit odd to you now... not like himself. You try to get help, but the roads out of the city are inexplicably worsening and your phone won't call out of the area. And then it hits you: they have control. Embodying (pun absolutely intended) true sci-fi and encompassing horror in a truly unsettling way The Body Snatchers is the perfect Sci-Fi Horror Story!

 

 

Psychology and hard science is often left off or out in the writing of a brilliant sci-fi book. When they are added in however they form a very powerful piece of work. In the book Solaris readers are going to be treated to a healthy (or perhaps unhealthy) dose of both. Relying on more than just location thrills and jump scares Solaris will creep into readers mind and start screwing with perceptions just a little bit. While there is a horror aspect to this book it tends to affect different readers differently which is absolutely brilliant. I found it to be less horror and more of an introspective look at what it means to be intelligent and sentient, I can totally see where people get horror. The story is actually fairly simple. A scientist is called in to investigate a planet which seems to be alive. More over Kelvin (get it?) must investigate why research parties are going all loopy while there. Readers will descend to the planets surface with Kelvin where things really get heated (get it?) and will be forced to wonder, what if? Speculative and powerful from open to close this is one of those Sci-Fi books which is open to interpretation and reception on many levels.

 

 

When you talk about horror it is every easy to go to the old fallback of paranormal happenings, it is not all that easy to go to the sci fi domain for ideas. Infected is not what you might think, Infected by Scott Sigler is an altogether pleasant shock, and a wonderful ride full of scares, paranoia, sickness, and disturbing violence. It is hard to find words for Infected, but I can tell you why some people hated it. Get this, people knocked the book for: Using overly provoking prose, overly compelling scenes of violence, and dramatic cliffhangers. Now I would have taken this to be praise had it not had the word criticism beside it.

Infected takes you to the ground level as the shit hits the fan. The infected are everywhere, but they are not what you might think. The infected are turned into psychotic murderers and cruel sadomasochists! That's right a madness plague. Anyways. Imaginative, gross, frightening, suspenseful, funny, thought-provoking and sick in the “omigawd-I-wanna-barf” way Infected will get inside of you and steer you with crazy twists. Blasted by the press for it's driving and action packed nature I think the negativity of the reviews are enough to decide that Infected is a book you want to take home!

 

 

The Day of the Triffids is a brilliant novel that brings together many wonderful fears that are not as readily addressed in many of the other works on this list. John Wyndham creates a story that deals with the raw fears of the Cold War, role reversal, and stranger danger. Though Triffids are one of the primary antagonists in this story it is believed by the protagonist Bill Masen to be engineered by the USSR. He deepens his suspisions across the span of the story. However, the fear of the communist threat slowly takes back seat to the threat that comes from the inside.

Temporarily blinded by Triffid poison Bill Masen is spared from a global event that, in stunning irony, blinds the vast majority of the world populace. Removing his bandages the world that Masen sees is a bleak and frightening world where governance is falling apart, and hundreds of thousands of people are now falling prey to the Triffids. I am sure that you have read the word Triffid all four times and though "What the hell are you talking about?" Well Triffids are enormous plant creatures that are intelligent, mobile, and poisonous. Whats more is that the Triffids seem to communicate with each other. What do they say? I can not be quite sure, but you can bet your ass that it is something along the lines of "Man would I like to feast on that guy's rotting corpse!" Read The Day of the Triffids!

 

 

When setting out to write a book one of the most important things is to be sure to do your homework. In this case homework is world building. It is a step that can not be missed. When we go to delve into the past, especially the distant past, worldbuilding and fact finding are all the more important. Without it a writer will run into retcon issues. (Dun dun dun) However, Cherie Priest has done an amazing job in her book Boneshaker. Combining many elements into a terrifying, thrilling, and imaginative adventure.

Many years prior to the beginning of the story, a massive ambitious drilling project called the Boneshaker exploded leveling much of steampunk Seattle. in the wake of this destruction, the Blight Gas was unleashed. Any who breathed this gas became rotters (fancy steampunk for zombies) Now protagonist Zeke must venture into quarantined areas of the city, avoiding being eaten, and the horrific effects of Blight Gas while dodging the agents of a mysterious and powerful antagonist. Boneshaker is a fantastic book combining Steampunk, Zombies, and Horror together in a nearly immaculate solution. The result is a stunning and gripping world that will have readers hooked and wanting more. (Which Priest is pleased to provide.)

 

 

Michael Crichton appears a couple of times on this list, as for why, its simple, he is a very prolific sci-fi horror writer. With his hit book Jurassic Park he hits gold! Probably just about everybody knows the basic premise - scientists clone dinosaurs to create a massive theme park on a tropical island (seems like a good idea), and everything goes terribly awry (Surprise!). What may have been forgotten in the years since its initial release is that this is one of the most thrilling, imagination-igniting, adventurous and frighteningly believable novels ever written. Don't let the film fool you, this is worth the read and the time taken to read it.

John Hammond is hungry to make something extraordinary. Together with genetics company, Ingen, they manage to create genetically engineered dinosaurs. Hammond the unfailingly bright idea of having a dinosaur zoo where kids can marvel at these amazing creatures. Unfortunately, his view doesn't account for the fact that people see dinosaurs and think "Ohhh Dinosaurs" where as the dinosaurs see people and think "Ohhh Lunch!", needless to say John Hammond and Ingen comes across many problems creating this "zoo". Thrilling, scary, and doubtlessly sci-fi Jurassic Park is a must!

 

Some things should be left where they are, some things just should not have fingers shoved into them, some things get angry when you go fucking with their personal bubble. Sphere by Michael Crichton is a wonderful example. Bringing together science, the ocean (Lovecraft's favorite mistress), and sheer terror Sphere is a book that will keep readers diving deeper, if not for the fear that builds in their insides, then for the mystery of: "Just what is in this ball?" Its a thing many people encounter every day. I have a container, but I don't know whats in it. Okay, so you caught me, I over simplified. Good luck finding me to kill me! Anyways Sphere has a lot more to offer than a scary version of "Whats in the box" it is a deep journey to the depths of the sea and the human mind. Psychological terror and unbelievable sentience manifest themselves within the story, bringing readers to question themselves. What exactly will science learn on this journey to the bottom of the sea, what will they find in the sphere? Sphere is a story that seems to have influenced both horror and science fiction a great deal, and thus is a must for this list!

 

Zombie books are ... up and down. Over the past decades zombies have come into their own as a staple in pop culture. As have vampires. With the recent increase in their popularity both genre's have received near castrating blows by romance authors with a thing for necrophilia. Thankfully Max Brooks is here to tell us that zombies are not simply "misunderstood" and can not be cured and will not fall in love with you. Sorry anyone who has a dead flesh fetish.

Brooks tells the story of a gruesome almost apocalypse brought about by zombies. The novel is a collection of individual accounts, where the narrator is an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission ten years after the Zombie War. Other passages record a decade-long desperate war against the zombie plague, as experienced by people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the social, political, religious and environmental changes that resulted from the war. Terror in this novel comes from the realism of it all. Brooks' apocolypse feels like it could happen tomorrow, almost as though one might wake up with a zombie gnawing on their leg. Thinking of it now you might aught to go check to be sure the world is not on fire. If it is not I encourage you to go pick up this soon to be sci-fi horror classic!  

 

Everyone knows that the government(s) is out to get us. Everyone knows that they are simply waiting, breath baited, rubbing their hands together and bathing in cash, to unleash unholy, unparalleled, and unthinkable horror on us for the simple fact that they are all greedy bastards! Well Andromeda Strain is here to tell us ... yeah pretty much that. Oh and that it will not go as well as they might like. Drumbing up some good old fashioned "plague/carrier" fear and paranoia Andromeda Strain is an delightful read that will infect readers until they put it down. Maybe even longer than that.

One of the government's "above your pay grade" projects has objects rocketing around space collecting God knows what. Its no wonder that at some point one might bring something back with it. When this happens as you may not be too surprised to find out, all the shit hits all the fans. Death and an otherworldly disease ravage the world and the few survivors of this horrible happening are left wallowing in the dust and destruction of the old world. Needless to say Andromeda Strain is a brilliant read!

 

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde is a tale that has inspired a great many other stories, movies, and giant green destruction machines. TSCODJAMH (for "short") brings out both social and mental issues, discussing them in depth. Constant paranoia, fear, self loathing, and violence run rampant throughout the TSCODJAMH plot as Robert Louis Stevenson takes us to the dank streets of London to follow the brilliant Dr. Jekyll, his life, and his battle for control that would eventually define him.

Our antiprotagonist Dr. Jekyll is involved in science gone wrong, surprise! As a result, when he gets angry he utters some cliched tagline, turns green, and ... wait, wrong story. As a result of the failed science Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde; which answers the question "Does one's doctorate apply to their psychopathic alter ego?", no it doesn't. This will undoubtedly lead to several colorful years in college. The story is overshadowed by a crushing sense of paranoia and distinct duality. Jekyll's unique condition resonates with many real people who feel that they lead double lives, and their rage and unease with the things that force it upon them. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a hit that should not go unnoticed.

 

 

If you have been on the internet anytime in the past decade, and if you happened to search for the word "horror" you've probably come across this little gem titled "The Shortest Scary Story Ever" which goes more or less like this: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..." Chilling in its own right, Knock is a different story all together, but the first two lines are a good preview for what Irving has in store for us in I Am Legend.

While he is a legend in his own right Will Smith simply can not fill Robert Neville's shoes. I Am Legend paints a dim and dreary picture of the trials and tribulations of the last human on earth. Though our hero may be the last man alive, this does not mean that he is alone. (Sorry no mannequin buddies) Living in the ruins of a world readers will find eerily familiar, Robert deals with bouts of depression and alcoholism (YAY!) while constantly on guard from a vampire-like threat. All of this culminates in a brilliant finally and a powerful epiphany that could well leave readers in tears! I Am Legend will suck you into its marvelously realized world, only spitting you out when it has had its fill.

 

 

Mary Shelley is a master of horror. What she is not often touted for is her mastery of the sci-fi genre as well. She was nineteen when she started Frankenstein and was twenty one when she finished it, making her definitively younger than most other authors listed here. The young and profoundly disturbing Mary Shelley was stuck indoors with a group of other authors, while perusing works of horror fiction they devised a race to create the most frightening story. What results as Mary's entry in the race undoubtedly inspired her colleague's need for new trousers, and proved to all of London that it was a terrible idea to fuck with Mary Shelley.

Frankenstein is a dark tale of obsession, self loathing, and sheer existential terror, with some perennial longing salt and abandonment pepper to ensure that the reader's depression is absolute and complete. Young Victor Frankenstein sets out to play God by creating life. Shelley treats Victor as a doll for the playing with, dragging him deeper into the twisted depths of taboo. Eventually she shatters Victor by giving him exactly what he wants. While the epistolary style of this novel is a turn off to some readers, Frankenstein is well worth the read, and the sleepless nights!

 

 

I, Robot is, and will ever be, a masterpiece. So settle in this may be a long review! In earlier works Isaac Asimov lays down the Three Fundamental Laws of Robotics laws which have been adapted and used for almost every work of robotic fiction. These Three Laws state that a robot may never harm a human, must always follow orders issued by humans, and is allowed to act in self defense. None of these laws may circumvent the others. I, Robot is a terrifying collection of short stories. The stories are tied together via the reminiscences of Dr. Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist for U. S. Robot and Mechanical Men, the corporation that invented and manufactured intelligent robots and computing machines. She reflects upon the evolution of these robots and discusses how little humanity really understands about the artificial intelligence it has created. Each story illuminates a problem encountered when a robot interprets the three fundamental Laws and something goes awry. One robot questions the reason for his existence. Another feels a necessity to lie. Yet another has an ego problem. The later stories introduce the reader to the Machines, powerful computing robots without the typical humanoid personalities of the working robots, that control the economic and industrial processes of the world and that stand between mankind and destruction. Exposition over. I, Robot is a scary and fulfilling read, worthy of any horror or sci-fi fan!

 

H. G. Wells is a literary titan. He has written stories that will well outlive him. War of the Worlds is the perfect example of Sci-fi horror, and is thus the perfect place to start this list off. Bringing us a story that speaks to the primal fears and suspicions of man Wells built a masterwork of horror and alien threat. Telling the story in two books War of the Worlds explores a Martian invasion of Earth in book one, and the life of the survivors under alien rule in book two. With vivid descriptions of an unbelievable war and trouser soiling technology. War of the Worlds starts in England (where all good things do) when an unidentified object lands outside of a small town whose name escapes me. The military promptly surrounds it, and it promptly becomes a several story tall killing machine. The Martian invaders spend the majority of book one fucking shit up and providing convenient plot devices. Book two details the human resistance and brings a great deal of invasion brand fear. Humanity faces its greatest threat, and for once it is not from within. War of the Worlds is a powerful and frightening story and the perfect place to start in the world of Sci-Fi Horror.

 

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