Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival: Thrill Me!

I love this new blog carnival! :-)

Today’s question from My Friend Amy is:

Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, there’s something about the shorter days and chilly air that makes one want to curl up with a scary book. The horror market for Christian fiction is growing in creativity and testing all sorts of boundaries. The suspense market is also very rich with many talented authors. So my question(s) for you is…what’s the best Christian fiction horror or suspense novel that you’ve read? What book would you recommend to someone who wanted to try out these genres? What’s a book in these genres you want to read but haven’t yet?

I had to resort to searching (yeah me too, Wendi! lol) because I just couldn’t think of any right off the bat… it’s not a Christian fiction genre that I see a lot, I guess. Or maybe I just don’t go for them? I don’t know, because I generally like to read books that are different – not predictable. I might shy away from horror/thriller because I’m afraid it’s going to be a predictable mystery. I don’t know.

Anyway, here’s my list of read/wished-for horror/thrillers:

Ted Dekker: I have read Blink (aka Blink of an Eye), which I LOVED and Thr3e, which was very good. I would love to read all of his other books, especially Obsessed, Skin, and the Circle Trilogy. I can recommend Blink as a great suspense, one I love to re-read!

Frank Peretti: I’ve only read one of Peretti’s – Monster. I thought it was exciting and suspenseful – not quite in a horror way, but good nonetheless! I loved that it wasn’t too predictable.

I would like to read House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

I really want to read Shade by John B Olson (a favorite author)!

Isolation by Travis Thrasher (say his full name five times fast!) looks good.

The Fire of Heaven Trilogy
by Bill Myers (includes Blood of Heaven, Threshold, and Fire of Heaven) is really good and scary! And a keeper set, for me.

Have you read any of these or do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks for the great question, Amy! Now I’m in the mood for a scary read… ;-)


13 Responses to Saturday Christian Fiction Carnival: Thrill Me!

  • Loved the Circle Trilogy! Got some new books to add to my TBR list from your post! Thanks. I always recommend the Kanner Lake and Hidden Faces series by Brandilynn Collins.

  • I loved Skin by Ted Dekker. It’s fast paced and he surprises you at the end;I’m so old, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. I enjoyed Showdown, too. I love Good vs Evil type books and they’re clean too. I can’t stand it when books are riddled with bad language. I don’t speak it, why would I want to read it.

  • Thanks for visiting my post! I’m glad I’m not the only one who had to search Amazon! I actually really appreciate your suggestions . . . they sound interesting, and I’ve added a few to my wish list – I’m going to head over to PBS and see if I can find any of them available!

    Take care ~ Wendi

  • I have the Circle Trilogy. I haven’t read it yet. Love Dekker. :) You might want to also check out Waking Lazarus by T.L. Stine…absolutely awesome. Well, I am off to pack. Have a lovely weekend, Lindsey.


  • My TBR list is growing by the click! LOL! I havent read any of those. I have Isolation but havent read it yet…it looks good, though!

  • Thanks for the great ideas. I’m so out of touch with the current books, all mine are oldy moldy. LOL.

  • Well… if you go to my post for today, you’ll discover I recommend Peretti, all except for House! LOL! I like Dekker, too, although not as well as Peretti… but I didn’t care for House at all.

  • I think Ted Dekker is a great name to mention for this. I LOVE the Circle Trilogy though I think it’s more fantasy than thriller.

    Isolation was really creepy and I really want to read Shade as well.

  • Travis Thrasher’s “Isolation” IS good! He and that book were my first immediate thought and answer to Amy’s carnival question for today. Travis writes with all the same intensity as Stephen King(his admitted hero when it comes to writing style) and has Christian themes and worldviews strongly presented in his writing. I posted a 5 star review on amazon for Isolation. GREAT book.

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  • Hmmm, some to contemplate. ;-)

  • Ted Dekker rocks! I’m a huge fan and I love the Circle Trilogy. You might want to check out House (by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti). It’ll be in theaters on November 7 guys!

  • :o) I always love hearing when others love the same books as me :o) I enjoyed in the blink of an eye by Ted Dekker…he is an interesting writer.

  • What a beautiful site! I’m a bit late commenting on this, but I had only limited internet access this past weekend!

    I’m so thrilled (pun intended) to find so many others who enjoy suspense and thriller books!


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