Happy almost-Halloween! And cheers to Justine for hosting me today!
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read, but I love the new tradition. The idea, in a nutshell–give someone a (scary!) book for Halloween. I love candy myself, but a book is better for the mind AND body, of course.
This year, I’m working with a group of amazing people to put out the short story anthology The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only, and in a way I feel a little like that’s our Halloween gift to the world. But, you’ll argue, you have to pay for a copy. So in the spirit of All Hallow’s Read, I’d like to give away a copy to one random person–all you have to do is comment below with a recommendation for a good, creepy read.
And to get you started, here are some of my favorite scary, creepy or just plain paranormal reads!
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, but you should definitely read the book. I really enjoy Harris’s writing style (he does an odd thing where he shifts from past to present tense, which is typically a no-no, but he pulls it off) and of course Clarice Starling is one of my favorite characters of all time. Oh, and Hannibal, too, of course.
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
I. Love. This. Book. I love it and will probably never stop recommending it to people. Werewolves, after a fashion, in beautiful, terse, vivid text. Their loves, battles and loves.
IT by Stephen King
I was torn between which book of King’s to recommend, because I love so much of his work. In the end it was a tossup between this or The Black House, which I also love. But this was probably my first (or very near my first) King book, and will always be one of my favorites. Creepy clowns, childhood friendships, epic battles between good (?) and evil.
The Ghost Drum by Susan Price
Though I believe it’s aimed at a YA audience, this book is a lovely read for all ages. It feels like a fairytale or a myth, it’s so rich and full of depth. Really need to reread this one–it’s about that time of year, chill and full of bones.
Spirit Houses by Die Booth
It’s hard to pin a genre on this book, which I like. By turns horror, steampunk, adventure, and romance, this story is full of incredible characters and a fascinating world I’d like to read a lot more about.
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Warped, in an utterly wonderful way, follows a twisted sixteen year old named Frank and what happens after his brother escapes the psychiatric hospital. Would read, have read, this over and over again.
L.C. Hu co-edited and contributed to the anthology Re-Vamp and The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only. To learn more about The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only, available this Halloween, visit maddocsoflit.com or find L.C. Hu at elsiewho.wordpress.com!
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