As the leaves change their hue and a chill in the air signals the return of autumn, indulge your senses and fears in Ray Bradbury’s evocative and sublime tribute to fall, Something Wicked This Way Comes. The haunting tale of innocence lost perfectly accompanies an early evening porch, knit sweater and pumpkin-spice latte.
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While it might be tough to get this consuming book done in only 11 days, if you have a long commute or are up for the challenge try the latest Joe Hill book, The Fireman. An infection has started to overwhelm the human population and people are starting to burst into flames. The exact cause, while guessed at, is not known for sure. No one appears to be truly safe in this world, including Harper Willowes, who we learn pretty early on is pregnant. Read by Kate Mulgrew, who is known for her role as Red on Orange is the New Black, the audiobook is particularly absorbing.
Nine generations of firstborn Durkin sons have been paid by the town to do nothing but pull weeds from a field. Well, not weeds exactly. According to lore, the life forms being pulled from the ground are not plants but Aukowies, and if they aren’t constantly yanked and burned, they will take over the world.
In The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman, Jack Durkin is trying to stave off global extinction and feeling exhausted and alone. Local government would like to kick him off the payroll, his wife whines about him getting a real job, his son doesn’t want to take over the family business, and most everyone thinks he’s delusional. What if he is? What if he’s not?
If you count yourself a fan of the movie Get Out, we have just the book for you! Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff offers a similar mash-up of horror, suspense, and social commentary that results in fantastic entertainment. It begins when the car of Korean War vet Atticus Turner breaks down, and finding help via the the Safe Negro Travel Guide stirs up additional trouble. From there the characters encounter secret societies, sorcerers, tentacled creatures, cursed dolls, and other worlds. As scary as these things are, they aren’t nearly as chilling as the racism of 1950s Jim Crow America, so prepare yourself for what’s to come.
Equally appealing to those who enjoy the thought-provoking, the weird, the page-turning, or the subversive, this is one homage that you’ll have to experience for yourself.
MPPL has a Goodreads discussion group! Whether you’d like to join in on the conversation or just observe, you can hear about what books other participants are reading for the summer. As a result you may find books you might want to read too, such as Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. This horror book was shared by a member of the group and may be a great reading choice for you if you are a fan of….
…strange VHS tapes, mysterious narrators, creepy stories, foreboding settings, and nods to urban legends.
The dead have risen, and they are shadowing us. Three years ago the earth’s poles inexplicably switched, plunging the planet into chaos. One effect was the appearance of personal ghosts, usually with a close connection to the haunted. Detective Oscar Mariani, however, can’t place the 16-year-old boy who is now his otherworldly companion. His unit specializes in those who are driven to murder by the presence of spirits, and he’ll need all his faculties intact to solve the latest gruesome killing.
Horror tales (or horror-blends) are especially heightened in audio, and Australian narrator Grant Cartwright shows how a strong performance can intensify the crawling of our skin. His skill in intonation, emotion, and pacing keeps us listening even though we’re tempted to hide under the covers. The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin is both fascinating and creepy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Horror books don’t only have to be eerie, they can be funny too! Books shown below take familiar horror story premises and add a little laugh to the boo.
by Michael Logan
It starts with one cow that won’t die… and spreads… and spreads… until the world has a problem they never imagined they would have to deal with: zombie animals.
by Julie Kenner
Between taking care of her kids and supporting her husband’s political career, Kate doesn’t have time to hunt demons too, but there’s only one woman for the job and that’s her!
by A. Lee Martinez
Duke, a werewolf, and Earl, a vampire, stop at diner and are enlisted to help the owner’s zombie problem, however, zombies aren’t the only problems the owner has.
by David Wong
A concoction called Soy Sauce opens a can of worms, but thanks to David’s and John’s video game knowledge they may have a chance of protecting their loved ones.
by Alan Goldsher
The Beatles are gearing up to take over the world like no other rock stars have ever done before!
by various authors
All-star authors such as Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong unite to bring forth a collection of some hilarious good short horror stories.
If you’re looking for campy horror with just enough spook to keep you on your toes but humor to break the tension, make Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism your next read. Set in small town America during the 1980s, Abby and Gretchen have been long-time best friends. Now they are in high school and Gretchen is suddenly acting strangely mean. Is it just growing up, or is she possibly possessed by a demon? Abby is on a mission to find out.
Like the hit Netflix original Stranger Things, the novel has strong elements of loyal friendship, an abundance of 1980s pop culture, and a slow build up resulting in an action packed final scene.
Undead by Kirsty McKay is a fantastic read for anyone who is a fan of zombies! Filled with action and gore, it follows two teens that are stranded on a school ski trip in Scotland when their classmates are infected with a mysterious illness that leaves them craving flesh.
Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive reigns undisputed as the messiest zombie movie ever made. In Jackson’s gleefully over-the-top, relentlessly gory, black comedy, Lionel’s overbearing mother receives a bite of an evil Sumatran “rat monkey”. Soon she’s snacking on the neighbors, who rapidly zombify – and then things escalate (watch for the lawnmower).