09-27-2009 04:35 PM
I thought it would be nice to start a thread where we share our favorite halloween reads – be it classics or new releases. I'll start off with a book that just came out, it's The Gates by John Connolly and it's being pushed as an "adult book for children." It's about an 11-year old boy who accidentally witnesses his neighbors opening up a portal to Hell in their basement and his misadventures thereafter as he tries to save the world from demon invasion! Connolly usually writes crime fiction but this novel is just laugh-out-loud funny. It's a weird mix and spooky/scary and comedy.... Great reading!
09-28-2009 10:40 AM - edited 09-28-2009 10:44 AM
Around Halloween each year, I usually dig out my copy of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes. I've read very little of his work, but this one gets me. I also like to break out the old VHS copy of the movie version, which is scary in it's own right. Jonathan Pryce's version of Mr.. Dark is the voice I hear in my head when I read the novel now... which makes reading it a little extra spooky somehow since it kind of reads like evil wins and is reminiscing about how good "thought" it won.
While not possessing all of my favorites, this edition of H.P. Lovecraft's unique brand of horror does contain the Randolph Carter dream stories: The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key, etc and some of his other Dreamlands stories. Folks who read "The Cats of Ulthar" will certainly see where the a little spark of the idea for my mousers came from. The aren't one and the same by any stretch, but I won't pretend there wasn't an influence.
This collection doesn't have "The Music of Erich Zann", "The Outsider" and "Dreams in the Witch House", but this one does: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft.
If I'm particularly interested in scary the hell out of myself, I read Stephen King's Misery. Though I love the movie, too, it is nothing compared to the book. This novel ranks as one of the most terrifying books of all time for me. Maybe it's because I write, but... eep... being trapped and at the mercy of a fan that is obviously insane, violent, and capable of anything... absolutely shudder worthy.
Given the recent discussion Derek started up about comics and novels, I thought I'd throw in one of the darkest comics out there in the Halloween list. If you like zombie movies, then this one is for you. A warning though... this one is every bit as brutal as the best films in the genre and even more disturbing than most since Robert Kirkman doesn't have to worry about a ratings system. It's also not a standalone. So far, I think the series is ten volume long and still going strong.
Not for the squeamish.
Halloween's approach also means I'll have to start reading "Big Pumpkin" , written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S.D. Schindler, to my kids at least once a week (...if not once a night).
And if you want to go old school, read Dracula! There are several annotated versions out there, but I really dig Les Klinger's. His notations are informative, but they are also made with the editorial conceit that the events in Dracula actually happened, so inconsistencies in the text are analyzed not with notes like "Stoker make an obvious error, blah, blah, blah...", but with an investigative air... as Les tries to untangle why the error is there. Did Dracula alter the text to hide the true location of Castle Dracula? Did Van Helsing? Was Mina trying to protect her husband's reputation? Very cool stuff.
10-12-2009 02:54 PM
These are some of my favorite books to read around this time of the year, I'm going to try and get to most of them this month (most are rereads for me)
10-18-2009 08:05 PM
Two good Halloween reads:
#1: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
#2 Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
#3 anything by H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe
I adit there's others, and won't be able to read these two as normal as I have a review du for a book, Sense and Sensability and Sea Monsters due to a magazine and my own writing and signings till Halloween, but I would suggest these two to anyone to read. Haunting was the only book to scare me during the daytime in a room full of people. King and other shad to do this at night, with me alone. As for Bradbury, the man is a master storyteller. Same goes for Lovecraft and Poe.
Be prepared to take a journey into Pamela K. Kinney's fantastic dreams of horror, science fiction and fantasy, plus the ghosts and legends of two nonfiction ghost books, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales.
Watch Haunted Richmond Virginia book video on http://www.blazingtrailers.com/show.php?title=268
10-19-2009 12:07 AM
Just avoid "Son of Rosemary!" ha ha.
Eh yeah not to tell someone not to read but it is a little.... dated and sooo not scary. One of those cases where the movie was better. And well... the movie sucked too.