Tuesday, October 05, 2010

31 Things I Love About Halloween: Horror Books

As slowly as I read prose, it's not cheating to list this separately from Horror Comics. I can get through several graphic novels a week, but prose books of any length take me about a month, so I have to be very particular with which ones I commit to.

This season, I'm re-reading a couple of shorter novels. I should finish Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto tomorrow and then I'll dig into Stephen King's Carrie. If you're unfamiliar with Otranto, it's generally acknowledged as the first gothic romance and a major inspiration for books like Dracula and Frankenstein. It's got a spooky old castle, an evil nobleman, a couple of innocent young girls for him to terrorize, a mysterious stranger, a dangerous knight, a giant suit of sentient armor, and a ghost that materializes from a portrait. And it's only a little over a hundred pages. Highly recommended if you don't mind the archaic writing style, including extremely long paragraphs and no quotation marks to differentiate speakers in dialogue. It's very very readable, but not what you're used to.

Any of you guys reading anything good and spooky right now?
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