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Bookish Treats from the Book Meme crew

October 30, 2010

The Book Meme community over on LJ asks a timely question:

Time to create your Hallowe’en Book Stack… twenty books of shiver-inducing delight. Include explanations or quotes or just let it stand on it’s own. Be as subtle or as gory in your choices as you like!

What fun! Some of these are new, as I reviewed ’em for the Star-Ledger this year, but here are my favorite goodies.

  1. The Haunting of Hill House- Shirley Jackson. I remember reading it in high school, and it blew me away with just how deliciously scary it was! Not gory, which I think made it more intensely scary.
  2. Dracula- Bram Stoker. Again, scariest on the first read, especially in the summer.
  3. The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova. Lovely and scary in the same vein (hee!) as Dracula.
  4. Awakenings Vol 1 by Nick Taplansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn. This is a graphic novel series… the overall feel of it is part zombie horror, part private eye novel. And the artwork is just… whoa. Shadowy and dark and dreamy and super spooky. Volume 2 just came out, and I’m eager to get my hands on it.
  5. Max Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. Another zombie graphic novel, and scary for its realism, rather than its phantasms. Reviewed here.
  6. The Dead Path- Stephen M. Irwin. Review here.
  7. Haunted Legends– edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (review in the Ledger tmw)
  8. Dracula In Love– Karen Essex. Not scary, so much as sexy, and excellent
  9. Infected– Scott Sigler. Really gross and scary!! Body snatching aliens, and the way they take over the body is so well described I squirmed! Yeeek!
  10. The Alienist- Caleb Carr. Technically not a ghost story, but the scene at the end was grisly and scary.
  11. Oh, another zombie one! Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Undead, edited by John Skipp. The scariness of the tales in this anthology varied from creepy to “check under the bed AND the closets tonight.”
  12. A Touch of Chill– Joan Aiken. A collection of original stories that feel like they could have been handed down for decades.
  13. Roald Dahl’s book of Ghost Stories.
  14. Scary Stories to tell in the dark. Author I can’t remember, but it was all full of classic stories, it was intended for children, and the illustrations were HORRIFYING. Black and white cover with red letters.
  15. Coraline- Neil Gaiman. Two friends of mine dressed up as the Other Father and Other Mother last year for Halloween. Yikes!!!!
  16. Devil Bones- Kathy Reichs. A Temperance Brennan mystery. With voodoo.
  17. Relentless– Dean Koontz. The supernatural parts not as scary as the rest of it.
  18. “The Raven“- Edgar Allen Poe
  19. 1984– George Orwell. Scene with the rats! errrgh!
  20. Petty Magic– Camille DeAngelis. Fun, more than scary, but with great witchiness. Review in the Star-Ledger tomorrow.
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