What are some of the titles in your current TBR pile?
JO: “We Sold Our Souls” by Grady Hendrix. It’s about a metal band and the devil, so being a musician, of course I have to read it. I’ve never read any of Dickens’ ghost stories, so that’s on the list. I was hooked by the cover of Mary SanGiovanni’s “Behind the Door,” and am planning to read that.
What book are you currently reading?
JO: I just finished “The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Tremblay. Really enjoyed it. To be able to write a story where not much happens, yet the plot is packed with action and suspense as it builds to its climax—that is masterful. So my next book will be one of his previous novels.
What do you hope to add to your TBR pile soon and why?
JO: Algernon Blackwood was probably the most prolific writer of ghost stories in the English language. I’m curious to check out his work, which may provide inspiration for my next novel. I also want to read more work by non-white horror writers, like Brandon Massey and Tananarive Due. I’m doing research now to choose titles but would love to hear suggestions.
Which author do you want to see have a new book out soon?
JO: I’m still waiting for Joe Keenan to come out with a fourth novel. I’ve never laughed so much reading fiction as I did with his three novels about a trio of hapless friends who get into unbelievable scrapes. I discovered the first book, “Blue Heaven,” during a painful period, and I swear that book helped me get through the day.
Jon O’Bergh is an author and musician who loves a good scare. He grew up in Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California at Irvine. A fan of ghost stories and horror movies, Jon came up with the idea for “The Shatter Point” after watching a documentary about extreme haunts. He has released over a dozen albums in a variety of styles, including the atmospheric album “Ghost Story.” After many years living in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., he now spends most of his time with his husband in Toronto.