Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014

My partying and costuming will happen tomorrow.  I promised niece Emmy pictures of my ball gown for the masquerade I’m attending, so I’ll post those, assuming they turn out.

In the meantime, ’tis the season for All Hallow’s Read, and the recommending of scary books.  Some of mine:

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells.  My favorite scariest book, bar none.  Seriously wicked.

The October Country by Ray Bradbury. Possibly the greatest horror/supernatural short story collection of all time.  Includes the my all-time favorite story, “Homecoming.”  (In other horrifying news, in googling info for this post I discovered that the first hit for “The October Country Homecoming” is a link to Cliffs Notes for “Homecoming.”  For the single story.  Dammit people, just read it, it’s not that long or complicated!)

Sunshine by Robin McKinley.  This is truly the anti-Twilight.  Girl lives in small town, girl meets vampire — and things do not go well.

What are some of your favorite scary books?



6 Responses to “Happy Halloween!”

  1. The Haunting of Hill House, Gregory Maguire’s Lost, and a non-genre horror book by Brian Evenson called The Open Door. To each of these I had a palpable reaction while reading, a need to, like, get up and close the closet door, which has never happened with any other books than these three.

  2. For some reason, books don’t usually incite fear in me. The only exception I can think of right now is one of the books listed above, The Island of Dr. Moreau — in particular, the scene early on where the protagonist is pursued through the woods at night by the leopard-man.

  3. Aaand as I posted that, I remembered one other book that terrified me: Congo by Michael Crichton. From the moment the characters arrive at the city of Zsinj, to the final attack of the gray gorillas, my pulse was pounding the whole time.

    In addition, some of the moments in The Lord of the Rings are seriously creepy; particularly when the fellowship travels through the Mines of Moria, with Frodo gradually becoming aware that something is following them.

  4. Griggk the goblin Says:

    `Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King is good for a chill or two…especially when driving through some of these old Colorado towns where so many doors and windows are boarded shut. Makes you wonder what happened to the occupants.

  5. Bob Says:

    ditto to Salem’s Lot: reading the scene where the girl is awaiting the awakening of the master… the creaking stair- MY stair creaked- near heart attack!

  6. Jakk Says:

    Little bit late, I’m afraid(due to illness and recovery of surgery). But still will recommend The Halloween Tree AND Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, since you already said October Country. Also Skeleton Crew by Stephen King and Tales From The New Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski.

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