There are some readers out there that love Halloween, but will not start a book by Stephen King or Dean Koontz because they are worried doing so might lead to them to hours of lost sleep. Be it over the shadows lurking in the corner of their room or the scratching sound at the window or the anticipation of nightmares that are to follow.
For those readers out there, I have compiled a list of books for those who want to get into the Halloween spirit but would like to be able to go to sleep at night after setting their book down on their nightstand.
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith
Married with Zombies – Jesse Patersen
My Life as a White Trash Zombie – Diana Rowland
Damned – Chuck Palahniuk
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It – David Wong
Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
The Zombie Survival Guide – Max Brooks
It’s that time of year! Fall is here and all the stores are pushing costumes and candy down our throats, which means it time to get ready for All Hallows Eve!!
My favourite part of Halloween has always been the scary movies and terrifying stories. So here is a list of some of my favourite horror novels to get you excited for October 31st!!!
The Shining – Stephen King
Frankenstien – Mary Shelley
Phantoms – Dean Kootz
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
The House of Haunted Hill – Shirley Jackson
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories – H. P. Lovecraft
The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
What are you reading to get ready for Halloween?
I don’t know where to begin with this pseudo-horror novel. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy it, even though it only took me a mere couple hours to complete (with only 160 pages in all and not all of them have words on them). I would definitely recommend it for a quick read to boost your Book Pledge Challenge. (hehehe yes that is what I did).
There was something unique and kind of special about how this book was compiled. I am not going to tell you too much, but there is a secret message being told throughout the entire book. It took me a couple of chapters to see it, I guess I was reading so quickly I overlooked the first couple words in the message. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This novel is based on three main characters: Jackie, Ann and an old man named Charlie:
Jackie has a map of the city on the wall of her bedroom, with a green pin for each of her trees. She has a first-kiss tree and a broken-arm tree. She has a car-accident tree. There is a tree at the hospital where Jackie’s mother passed away into the long good night. When one of them gets cut down, Jackie doesn’t know what to do but she doesn’t let that stop her. She picks up the biggest rock she can carry and puts it through the window of a car. Smash. She intends to leave before the police arrive, but they’re early. (As you can tell Jackie is kinda of psychotic and she is discovering her sexuality throughout this novel.)
Ann is Jackie’s best friend, but she’s got problems of her own. Her mother is chained up in the basement. How do you bring that up in casual conversation? “Oh, sorry I’ve been so distant, Jackie. My mother has more teeth than she’s supposed to, and she won’t eat anything that’s already dead.” Ann and her sister Margaret don’t have much of a choice here. Their mother needs to be fed. It isn’t easy but this is family. It’s not supposed to be easy. It’ll be okay as long as Margaret and Ann still have each other. (This part is a little disturbing and upsetting, it is definitely not meant for the kindhearted to read.)
Add in a cantankerous old man, his powerfully stupid dog, a headless ghost, a lesbian crush and a few unsettling visits from Jackie’s own dead mother, and you’ll find that One Bloody Thing After Another is a different sort of horror novel from the ones you’re used to. (I find in this description of the book they leave out a lot to do with the headless ghost, but she is the creepiest and by far the central part of this novel. But I guess they did not want to give too much away and neither do I.)
If you are into creepy, weird horror novels this one is sure to not disappoint.
I know the majority of my recommendations are non-fiction, but I have a little soft spot for Stephen King. I always have. His writing style is so captivating and vivid. I will probably be recommending more of King’s books to come. But for now I thought I would let you in on this gripping tale of a man who went to Boston for an interview, and before he even made it through the front doors, the world started coming to an end. I do not want to give too much away, because the insanity in this books begins on page 2.
Cell has nothing to do with “The Cell” with Jennifer Lopez (even though that is a pretty crazy movie itself). King’s Cell has to do with cellphones, and how these cellphones start turning people into crazy flesh eating zombies. I did not put a SPOILER ALERT in before that statement, because this all happens on the first couple pages. The rest of the story is about the main character, Clayton Riddell, trying to leave the city streets of Boston and return to his suburban home to protect his wife and son. I was in complete suspense the entire book, I could not put it down for a moment. You are constantly on edge and wondering what is going to happen next.
If you like zombies and love a good thriller then I would highly recommended picking this up. I loved every page and I even bought my husband a copy the other day so he can discover the awesomeness that is Cell.