Monday, October 22, 2012

TC Tidbit: 51 Scary Reads (Mostly For Grownups)

Author and blogger Josh Hanagarne offers up 51 scary reads for Halloween or any time you want a little dark in your life.  Check out his blog HERE.

From his bookclub newsletter:

"Many of the authors below have written many books and stories. Where that is the case, I've selected the books on the list based on how they affected me. Meaning: at one time or another they made me feel like curling up in the corner.

I tried to do this all off the top of my head, which wasn't as hard as it might sound.  When a book has really rattled me, I tend to remember it.  Full disclosure: I did look up some of the author's names so I could get the spelling right."

1. Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz

2. The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl

4. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

5. The Suicide Collectors by David OppeGaard

6. Alone With The Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell

7. The Complete Stories of Algernon Blackwood (out of print--try this collection instead)

8. The Modern Library's Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

9.  Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

10.  The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro

11. The Passage by Justin Cronin

12.  High Cotton by Joe R. Lansdale

13.  The Monk by Matthew Lewis

14.  11/23/63 by Stephen King

15.  The Walking Dead Graphic Novels

16.  Feed by Mira Grant

17.  The Complete HP Lovecraft

18.  World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

19. The Conqueror Worms by Brian Keene (out of print) (other books by Keene HERE)

20. Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James

21.  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

22. Aura by Carlos Fuentes

23. Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stein

24.  The Sound Machine by Roald Dahl

25. Variant by Robison Wells

26.  Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

27. The Serial Killers Club by Jeff Povey

28. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

29. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

30.  It by Stephen King

31.  Hell House by Richard Matheson

32.  We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

33. Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

34.  Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

35. Koko by Peter Straub

36. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

37. Books of Blood by Clive Barker

38. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

39. The Omen by David Seltzer (isbn 978-0451219428, not in our database)

40. Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

41. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

42. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

43. The Horla by Guy Du Maupassant

44. Oddkins by Dan Koontz (isbn 9780446514903, not in our database)

45. Off Season by Jack Ketchum

46. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis

47. The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

48. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

49. When The People Fell by Cordwainer Smith (at least read A
Planet Called Shayol)

50. The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

51.  On Ugliness by Umberto Eco

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