Day Seven: Five scary reads to get you in the spirit
When it comes to October and the Halloween season, I go out of my way to scare myself. It’s all part of the fun, right? The one thing I won’t do though is Haunted Houses (more on that in a future post – nice tease, right?). I get most of my scares through movies or reading, which coincidentally are my two biggest passions in life (minus family of course).
This Halloween season, I’m reading David Moody’s Autumn series to get my horror fix. I’m on a zombie kick lately, and his books are excellent. Aside from everything he’s ever written, I offer up these five choice horror selections for you to enjoy this season.
As a note, I did decide to only include books that were available as of today in my list. There’s some absolutely amazing horror novels coming up towards the end of the month that I would also recommend, but I didn’t want you to get pissed that the books I recommended weren’t available.
In case you’re curious, the books that I recommend, but aren’t out yet are:
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Now, onto the five books you should read this Halloween season!
Number 5 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This trilogy by Alvin Schwartz is geared more towards kids, but now, even as an adult, I remember some of the imagery vividly. I wish I still had this set actually. As a kid, I also found it as a book on tape (old school, I know), which really enhanced my enjoyment of the short stories. The stories were typical fare, ghost stories, severed limbs, ghouls, ghosts, etc. What really made these books wonderful though were the illustrations. In fact, the violence depicted in the images has made this serious one of the more challenged children’s books around.
Here’s an example:
Number Four: Killer Clown
While this is a True Crime novel, John Wayne Gacy has always scared the crap out of me (and is probably part of the reason I’m so scared of clowns). When I read this initially, I had nightmares thinking Gacy was after me. While I’m sure some of this True Crime novel is fictionalized (isn’t that implied these days), it still tells a twisted tale of a deranged man. I think the scariest part of the whole Gacy thing is that it’s true.
Number Three: House of Leaves
While author Mark Danielewski doesn’t necessarily agree with the book’s label as a horror novel, that’s where Borders carried it, so I’m saying it’s in the horror genre. First things first, even if you’re an ebook fan, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t buy the physical book. In fact, I think Random House has been pretty smart about this one and not converted it. There really is no way this book could be an ebook actually. Expect to be be fully invested in this novel as you read as the formatting and style of the book is very unconventional – pictures, colors, typeset – it’s all non-conventional (which means you need to get the remastered full-color version to experience everything – a remastered version of a book, awesome!). Bare bones, this book is about a family who moves into a house that is actually bigger on the inside than it is on the inside. That’s really all I want to say though because House of Leaves is a book you need to experience. Just anticipate getting extremely creeped out. It’s a book that definitely makes you work though. It should though, it took the author ten years to write!
Number Two: The Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is clearly one of the masters of horror in my humble opinion. He had a wonderful command of the English language and was able to craft stories that were psychologically disturbing, creepy, and just plain horrifying. Some of my favorites include “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and of course who could forget “The Raven.
And…if you’ve been reading my blog since this challenge started, you won’t be surprised by my number one selection.
Number One: Pet Sematary
While I personally recommend Pet Sematary, you really can’t go wrong with any of his books this time of year. If you’re not in the mood to read about resurrected cats and toddlers, may I recommend one of the best vampire novels ever, ‘Salem’s Lot.
So, now you know my picks, what are yours? What will you be reading this October to get you in the Halloween spirit?