Had to enlist Andrew’s help with this one!
1. Needful Things – Stephen King. This book is all about things that are not what they appear to be, just like Halloween. Plus it’s freaking terrifying.
2. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski. This book is fantastic but also terrifying, and on several different levels. Keep a lookout for my review this week.
3. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury. An evil carnival comes to town the week before Halloween. It’s a must-read any time of the year, but definitely around this time!
4. Pet Sematary – Stephen King. Zombie pets. Need I say more?
5. World War Z – Max Brooks. An oral history of the zombie war. Again…need I say more?
6. It – Stephen King. One of my favorite books of all time and a great one to get in the Halloween spirit, what with all the creepy clowns and stuff.
7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (Andrew’s pick). I haven’t read this one yet, but Andrew loved it and thought it would be a good addition.
8. The Canterville Ghost – Oscar Wilde (Andrew’s pick). This is one of Andrew’s favorite short stories by Oscar Wilde, and one I liked quite a bit myself when he made me read it a few months ago! 🙂
9. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (Andrew’s pick). Another great pick, terrifying and tragic all at the same time. I really like this one. Also, don’t watch the 1994 movie (Robert de Niro, Helena Bonham Carter) while eating. I mean, don’t watch it at all if you can avoid it, but if you’re being forced to watch it, make sure you’re not eating, because there are some preeeetty gross scenes.
10. Strangers – Dean Koontz. A dozen strangers around the country all having eerie versions of the same nightmare finally come together in Elko, Nevada to discover who tampered with their minds—and why. Fantastic book. It’s a long one, but if you have a chance, definitely read it!
- Pennywise the Clown Art Inspired by Stephen King’s IT (geektyrant.com)
- The Ramones – “Pet Sematary” (lineout.thestranger.com)
- Author Stephen King shocks Canadian students (metronews.ca)