Earlier this month we unveiled our all-encompassing Holiday Gift Guide, filled with more Complex-approved products than you can shake a forest's worth of sticks at. Now Black Friday's done, we're in the home stretch of holiday shopping, and it's time to get serious. Our book section already includes pages for the ages, covering everything from dope record covers to Ivy League style. For this update, we're taking a look at some of the illest fiction from the past year, with book bangers from Stephen King, Martin Amis, Bret Easton Ellis, and more:
• Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Four novellas from the undisputed master of horror, including tales about murderous husbands and conniving best friends.
• Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
Novel from the British wordsmith set in 1970 in which a 20-year-old attempts the sexual conquest of a lifetime with a woman named (you guessed it) Scheherazade.
•These Children Who Come At You With Knives by Jim Knipfel
Delightfully twisted modern fables with delightfully anthropomorphic names ("Six-Leggity Beasties," "The Chicken Who Was Smarter Than Everyone") from the author of Slackjaw.
• Imperial Bedroom by Bret Easton Ellis
The sequel to Less Than Zero, Eliis' seminal portrait of youth and excess in '80s L.A., Bedrooms finds the protagonists all grown up, but hardly any more mature. What sex, drugs, and chic nightspots look like when you're in your mid-40s.
• Bound by Antonya Nelson
Sorta like Franzen's Freedom, but with a serial killer, Bound tells the story of a middle-aged suburban couple living in Kansas during the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) killing spree.