Wednesday, December 20, 2023

December 2023 Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: Jenny Kiefer

Shelf Edition: Jenny Kiefer

Today we welcome Jenny Kiefer and take a look at her shelves!

Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

I recently re-read a couple of favorites - Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (werewolf coming of age) and Bunny by Mona Awad (satirical dark academia). Others I've enjoyed this year are Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle (autistic and queer rep w/ YA vibes!), Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant(killer mermaids!), and Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen(horror satire of The Bachelor).

Which Horror Spotlight books do you currently have on your TBR?

So many! I need to read the follow-up to Children of Chicago--The Shoemaker's Magician--by Cynthia Pelayo, The Reformatory by Tananarive Due, A Light Most Hateful by Hailey Piper, and too many more to list.

Where do you find recommendations? Are there any Horror Spotlight books that have been recommended to you that you loved?

I own Butcher Cabin Books, a horror bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, so it's kind of my job to seek out recommendations. But I'm also a writer, and I'm lucky to be part of a few great communities of writers that give a ton of them. I love perusing Emily Hughes' yearly comprehensive list of new releases.

Are there any upcoming Horror Spotlight releases you're excited about?

I'm super excited for Cynthia Pelayo's upcoming release, Forgotten Sisters, and the cannibal book Ally Wilkes just released this week (12/5) - Where the Dead Wait.

Let’s get a little adventurous. Answer one or both: What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie? And/Or Who would play you in a horror movie based on your life?

I LOVE this question! I'd love to see a haunted house Muppet movie. I'm thinking something like the Muppet characters end up in the Hellraiser universe or they end up in Proofrock with Jade from My Heart is a Chainsaw

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.

Oh, LOTS upcoming! My debut novel, THIS WRETCHED VALLEY, releases January 16 and I'll be doing a small book tour in the midwest. Plus, podcasts and marketing junk and lots and lots of stuff! 

Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

I'm @_jennykiefer most places besides bluesky, where I'm @jennykiefer. My website is My bookstore is @horrorbookstore on tiktok and IG, and @Horrorbooks_ky on Twitter. The website is And if you're brave, you can try calling 502-755-6381.

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