Top Ten Tuesday (10/23/2012)

Everyone pitched in over at The Broke and the Bookish for this weeks topic, Top Ten Books to Get into the Halloween Spirit. I tried really hard to not pick the same old stuff I always do, but some just have to stay. So in no particular order here are things to send the chills up your spine this Hallowe’en season.

Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill – Let’s start with a ghost story. Joe Hill has his father’s flair for storytelling with a better ability to end a story. And this one is a doozy.

The Passage: A Novel

The Passage, by Justin Cronin –  Now how about a vampire novel? But not like any other vampire novel you have read and that is saying a lot in a genre which has exploded in the past few years. I haven’t read the followup yet but this was a book which I read all 879 pages in less than a week. 

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, by Max Brooks – Ghosts and vampires and Zombies, oh my! One of the first zombie books I read. Still one of the best. I hear there is going to be a movie. It will not be good. Read this instead.


It, by Stephen King –  This only requires this:

The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – I didn’t sleep for days. I read this in about 8th grade, in math class. When I got caught and asked to explain myself I told the teacher it was too scary to read at night when it was dark and math class was as far away from dark as I could get. She was not sympathetic.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury – I have never understood the pretty light blue cover of this book, unless they are trying to lull you into a false sense of peace and serenity, which you will need after reading it. Repeat after me serenity now, serenity now. 

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Stories and Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe – It is beginning to look like I think that every list ever must have either Neil Gaiman or Edgar Allan Poe on it. And you know what? I am OK with that.

The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Classics)

The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James – Before you watch the million or so movies that have rifted on this theme read this and be more scared.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving –  I love this story. And while I do love Johnny Depp’s “Ichabod Crane as a girl detective” the story found here is quite different. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, by Stephen Gammell – And finally, one to remind you what scared you when you were young.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (10/23/2012)

  1. I love October and it is always the perfect excuse to read scary books. IT is one of my all time favorite and HSB made my list too (Joe Hill is on there three times). And I can’t believe I forgot Henry James!

    1. It scared the pants off me and joe Hill has taken on his Papa’s mantle well. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I couldn’t read The Passage: it was a mix of feeling too disturbed and its slow plot.

    The Turn of the Screw is a great novel, I can’t believe I forgot it for my Top Ten!

    1. Love Turn of the Screw. And the Passage is quite disturbing but I could pull myself away.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    1. That will be a long reading. Unless you are a super fast reader. 🙂 I didn’t realize it was going to be trilogy when I picked it up, silly me.

  3. I have to read that Ray Bradbury book! (I just read Fahrenheit 451 over the summer and loved it. Obviously, Something Wicked is going to be different, but still.) The pic for It is really creeping me out! haha

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