12 October 2006

Creepy Reads

If you haven't noticed, the calendar really still says October (though if you live here in WI, you're likely thinking somehow we jumped ahead to early December, given the way the temperature plummeted in the last day).

October means Halloween and Halloween tends to mean creepy stories.

It's only fair then to talk about some spooky books and what better way to lead that off than by mentioning Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman's got a new book out, Fragile Things, that's a collection of short stories. Since it's Gaiman, be prepared for the creepy or the weird or the obscure. For more on the book, click here for the USAToday story about it.

Word Nerd's not a huge fan of horror, but here are some other reads that Word Nerd has found a bit creepifying in the past.
-- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
-- The Green Mile, Stephen King
-- Threshold, Caitlin R. Kiernan
-- House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
-- Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
-- Pale Immortal, Anne Frasier
-- Various short stories by H.P. Lovecraft

Anybody else? What are some of your favorite scary books and why?


Unknown said...

H.P. Lovecraft? Halloween would give you a big thumbs up.

Krista said...

"'Salem's Lot" by Stephen King. I used to sit out on my parents back porch at night during the summer and read it, and I'd be terrified to move for fear of vampires in the backyard.

Also the book in the R.L. Stine Goosebumps series with the werewolf on the cover because, whoa, that creature made me want to die. I was also, like, 11, but whatever.