Kindle Crack: Hand-Picked Ebook Deals for the New Year

Happy 2019, everyone! What better way to begin the new year than with some badass kindle deals? You know the drill: top notch weird, horror, sci-fi, and whatever else fiction, BookBub style, personally tailored to our reader’s tastes.

Looks like the Evenson sale is still going, and I’ve rarely been more excited about a kindle deal! You MUST pick up something by this man. I finished Last Days during the previous round of Evenson sales, and I was stunned, as usual, by the author’s smart meld of weirdness and brutal prose. Don’t miss out on this one.

Yeah, this pick is more generic horror than weird, but I really enjoyed the first book (The Silence of the Lambs… duh) of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. While I haven’t read Hannibal Rising, I sure won’t pass up a chance to snag at least one of the Hannibal books for a bargain.

Sure, everyone hates this offering of Palahniuk, and not without good reason. Still, it’s Palahniuk–I picked Damned up inside a bookstore one day, sat on a bench next to the coffee shop and read nearly the whole thing. Ultimately, I decided to drop my fifteen bucks on something else. But it’s not going for fifteen bucks now, is it?

Stop reading this list and BUY THIS. The Mezzanine is an amazing work by Baker, who famously spends the entire novel exploring the thoughts and association of his protagonist during his ride up an escalator. It’s a magnificent ode to mindful observation, even if it tends to drag in places. Definitely more than worth the price.


I read this oh-so-long-ago in a postcolonial literature class, and it definitely stands out as one of the best college reads I was ever forced to undergo. Is it weird? Meh, not so much. Is it dark? Oh, fuck yeah it’s dark. Think Cormac McCarthy meets Marquez–sounds amazing, yeah? It is.

Despite Harlan Ellison’s recent passing, I’m not one of those readers who unhesitatingly claim that Ellison is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Nor am I familiar with the legendary crank’s work outside of this collection, but I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is DEFINITELY a must-have for your kindle library, especially at less than three bucks.

Frédéric Beigbeder’s dual novellas, Holiday in a Coma & Love Lasts Three Years, look fantastic, especially for fans of Houellebecq, who was a friend of Beigbeder. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while (thanks again, Mr. Freville) but, admittedly, I still haven’t read it. Still, two novellas for less than the price of one? Good stuff.

I’ve gotta admit, I love Le Guin’s essays and books about writing. She definitely has a lot of writerly insight that makes her more than worth your time, but I’ve been struggling to get into her fiction. I’m hoping it will eventually grow on me, but in the meantime, don’t let me discourage you from taking advantage of her amazing Kindle deals!

Amazon keeps insisting that I’ll love this. Maybe I will, but more importantly, maybe one of you will find some little piece of grim joy in reading this novel about crack heads and hopeless alcoholics. The description makes it sound like something by Hubert Selby Jr., and that’s a damned good sign in my book. I tell you what: I’ll buy it, you buy it, and we can have some sort of open discussion of it in a future post, book club style. Let me know in the comments if you’re down for something like that.

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