A discussion of “best bets” for science fiction, fantasy and horror for January 2014 appears in an article by John DeNardo in Kirkus Reviews. There are a number of social science fiction and dystopian novels listed, as well as “off-planet” action novels. Also mentioned is a collection of essays on science fiction and fantasy entitled What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton, a Hugo award-winning author.
On the horror front, two books are mentioned (with the promise of a future article highlighting more horror selections). Sarah Pinborough's Mayhem transports readers to Victorian England at the time of Jack the Ripper. Scotland Yard must now deal with the "Torso Killer", who dismembers his victims and leaves behind “neatly-wrapped packages” of body parts for the police to discover. Also featured is Snowblind by Christopher Golden, his first new horror novel in more than a decade, which is set in the New England town of Coventry where a snowstorm brings supernatural figures threatening the town's inhabitants.
For the complete article by John DeNardo, please click here. And for a more detailed list of upcoming 2014 horror novels, you might want to visit the listings published by Powell's Books at http://www.powells.com/section/horror/coming-soon/2/.