There aren’t a lot of books I get excited about before they’re even published—my regular readers know that a lot of what I read is 50 years old or more—but there are a few titles on the horizon this year that have me just about peeing my pants. They’re all available for pre-order, so if you’re feeling just as incontinent, go ahead and nab them. They’ll be in your mailbox on publishing day, before all the slugabeds can get them at the bookstore.
James Ellroy’s Perfidia (September 2014)
It’s been years since a new Ellroy novel has come out (five, if you’re counting), so the announcement of a new title is exciting on its own. What’s even more exciting is the fact that Ellroy is touting Perfidia as the first book in a second L.A. Quartet. That means not only three more upcoming books, but also that they’ll undoubtedly have the scope, historical weirdness, and unflinching brutality of the four previous connected books. In an open letter on his agent’s website, Ellroy says we can expect some of the characters to reappear, too. (Read more/pre-order)
Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes (June 2014)
This is one of two books King is releasing in 2014, following two big titles last year (Joyland and Dr. Sleep). While die-hard fans will also want to pre-order Revival, it’s Mr. Mercedes that most intrigues me. I enjoy King the most when he’s focused on real-life fears rather than the supernatural, and this novel seems grounded in reality at its most harsh: a mass murderer with plans to kill again, and the cop trying to prevent another atrocity before it happens. (Read more/pre-order)
David Cronenberg’s Consumed (September 2014)
Even if you’re not among the coolest people who have seen all of Cronenberg’s early films, you’ve got to appreciate him as a writer. He’s successfully adapted the works of some modern literary greats into original screenplays, taking on Don DeLillo (Cosmopolis), J.G. Ballard (Crash), and William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch). Now he’s written his own novel, and while it’s his first, the premise is not only promising, but also suitably Cronenberg-ish. Check out the description that hooked me in an instant. (Read more/pre-order)
Do you plan to read any of these forthcoming titles? Anything you’re anticipating in 2014?