From Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power, an epic tale-part thriller, part tragedy-for our age, the political career and tragic death of the incomparable humanitarian Sergio Vieira de Mello

I purchased Chasing The Flame – Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World for what pretty much amount to research reasons. While I’ve had my eye on this book for some time due to its fascinating subject and examination of the UN’s relevance in today’s international hot spots, I’ve got to admit that what compelled me to finally purchase it was the desire to get a better grasp on one of the characters I’m writing. That’s what’s awesome about research–learn cool stuff as you enrich your work!

Bleak cityscapes dimmed by urban blight and human despair give rise to unique horrors in this virtuoso book of disturbing, cutting-edge tales from British author Lane.

I came across Lane when I read Still Water, his disturbingly mesmerizing short story in Best New Horror. The writing was precise, sharp, and the tale thoroughly unnerving. Suffice to say that I was sufficiently impressed to hunt down this collection, and hope that the rest of his work is of similar quality. From the reviews, it looks like I’m in for a treat.

Antwerp is lit expressionistically, with a palette that combines the vulgar neons of the city’s red light district with a silver nitrate glow. Cinema-going has clearly equipped Royle with a keen understanding of the mechanics of voyeurism, and he repays the debt by imitating the grammar of cinema.

This is another purchase whose genesis stems from my reading the author’s work in Best New Horror. Royle wrote a quietly creepy story without overt supernatural elements that still managed to chill. What’s more, I just liked his voice; he writes confidently, without overt flair, but with this subtle authority and confidence that made his story work. Let’s see how it pans out in this here novel. Fingers crossed!

A charming pastiche of Alice in Wonderland and The X Files, this is both a paean to New York and a chronology of a love affair with the unusual.

Very excited about this one. An erudite and sophisticated exploration of the hidden parts of New York. From forgotten subway stations and underground aqueducts to the hidden recesses of Grand Central and abandoned edifices that dot the New York landscape, the authors have explored the dark regions of the city wearing suits and bearing flashlights, and come back with this report. As you might have guessed – more research!

No particular reason spurred me to purchase Alfred Bester’s classic The Demolished Man, other than the fact that I’ve not read any Bester, have heard that he’s better than warm nutella spread on hot toast, and have been looking to take a look at his work for some time now. So! A spontaneous purchase, a wild card, some science fiction to spice up my rather somber collection of darkly surreal acquisitions.