All Hallow’s Read Recommendations

by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

I’ll take any excuse to share a book with someone.  Wait, you’ve got a reason for me to give some a scary book?  Wait, it’s a thing?  Sign. Me. Up.   (Actually there isn’t even a sign up. This is just something you do!)

It’s called All Hallow’s Read, and it’s really simple. During Halloween time, you give someone a scary book that you think they might like.  And reading a scary book is better than getting cavities or an upset stomach from too much candy, right? Right?

Here are ten suggested titles for All Hallow’s Read,   some from authors featured in Apex Magazine, some from the interwebs and some from me. Have you read any of these? do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

  1. The Drowning Girl: A Memoir by Caitlin Kiernan, suggested by Stoker Award winning author Lucy Snyder, author of the Jessie Shimmer urban fantasy series
  2. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy suggested by Laura Davy, author of “The Food In the Basement,” which was recently published in Apex Magazine.
  3. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, suggested by  Rachel Swirsky, author of the Nebula award winning short story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” that was published in Apex Magazine.
  4. Robert Aickman’s “strange story” collections, recommended by  @amospages. You can find a great collection of these in the volume Painted Devils.
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison, recommended by  @djerfisherite
  6. Author and reviewer Foz Meadows recommends Kameron Hurley’s newest novel, The Mirror Empire.
  7. Author Gary Kloster recommends Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander.

A few more titles I recommend:

  1. If you like humor in your horror, get yourself a copy of Installing Linux on a Dead Badger, by Lucy Snyder. This office jokes meets zombie apocalypse collection of interrelated stories will have you laughing your head off and locking all your doors and windows.
  2. Lovers of history should check out Twelve by Jasper Kent. Behind enemy lines during a Russian winter lurk the Oprichniki and the men who believe they can control them.
  3. Looking for a straight up horror thriller? Try Bird Box by Josh Mallerman. The only way to survive this terror to blindfold yourself. But if you can see it, how can you possibly avoid it? This is one of the scariest books I have ever read.

1 Comment

  1. I’d recommend “The Amityville Horror,” the only book which has ever scared me and which still scares me 35 years after I first read it.

    The first movie, btw, was lousy, but the second one, which incorporated the visuals usually seen in Japanese ghost stories, I had to turn off because I didn’t want anymore of those creepy images in my head. And I love Japanese ghost story movies.

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