The Lineup: Spooky Books

Yes indeedy, it’s that time of year when bibliophiles such as I compulsively compile lists of spooky reads. But this isn’t your ordinary seasonal list featuring the usual Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Washington Irving, no sirree, [apple] Bob! This is your up-to-date, postmodern list of fiction and non-, guaranteed to thrill you and chill you:

The Passion by Donna Boyd
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox
The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
The Mushroom Man by Sophie Powell
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Perfume by Adam Suskind
The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace
Affinity by Sarah Waters

Now, don’t stay up too late reading and, when you do retire, consider leaving on the nightlight.


Photo of the little witch courtesy of stevechasmar’s excellent Halloween in the Time of Cholera flickr set /CC BY 2.0.


8 Comments to The Lineup: Spooky Books

  1. Kat Warren's Gravatar Kat Warren
    October 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh my, a Lilliputian klansperson.

  2. Karen Wall's Gravatar Karen Wall
    October 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Love your lists, Kat. Just discussing Shirley Jackson the other day but I haven’t read the one above. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is also very creepy.

  3. Sean Long's Gravatar Sean Long
    October 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    As usual, a grand list, Kat. Another to add would be Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree.”

  4. Kat Warren's Gravatar Kat Warren
    October 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Yes, of course, Ray Bradbury!

  5. PatD's Gravatar PatD
    October 31, 2009 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Ooooh, have I got a scary book for y’all. Stay tuned. It’s new and destined to become a classic (and I think y’all know I never use the “classic” word freely). It’s so good, if I had the money, I’d buy 50 copies to pass out to all my reader buddies. 400pp long, and I read it in one sitting. It flew to the top of My Year’s Best List, and I’ll be writing all about it in a few days.
    Great list, Kat. You always pull out a few unfamiliar to me, and you know how I just love that.

  6. Sean Long's Gravatar Sean Long
    October 31, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Ooooooo! Can’t wait, Pat.

  7. November 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Funny, Kat…I’ve never been much a reader of ‘scary lit’. Now I’ll watch almost any ole junky horror DVD that is available. This is spelled L-A-Z-Y, I know.
    I HAVE read Shirley Jackson, and I’m going to add your Sarah Waters suggestion to my TBR list.

  8. October 17, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    We’re honored to make your list. You and your readers may be interested to learn our book is back from the dead and with a sexy new cover. Check out our webpage for various undead shenanigans and insights into the cowboy state of mind. And find us on facebook if you are in to that sort of thing. Cheers.

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