October 2010, readathon

Hour 18

BOO! Did I scare you? Ah, I’m gonna have to get trixier if I wanna do that, right?

Halloween’s just around the corner. See if you can help me brainstorm some great books that would be terrifying to read on Halloween! I’ll select a random commenter on this post for a prize. I’m primarily a YA blogger, so I’m going to stick to what I know and suggest Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and The Devouring by Simon Holt, which starts out like this:

When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on sorry night,
For in the winter’s darkest hours,
Comes the feasting of the vours,
No one can see it the life they stole,
Your body’s here but not your soul.

(Don’t worry, sorry night isn’t tonight so you’re good to be spooked… tonight anyway)

Keep up the great work y’all. You CAN make it all 24 hours, I know you can!!!!

Mini-Challenges

Pitch Your Book! at I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read

Winners Announced

Commenters of the Hour from YA Enthusiast: Mrs DeRaps, from The Book Lair: Letter4no1. Email us with the prize you’d like and your mailing address!

A couple of prizes for random folks still participating in the ‘thon: A Novel Review and It’s Just Me. Email us with the prize you’d like and your mailing address!

The winner of Under the Covers mini challenge is Janel @ Bibliophibian!

Still Ongoing

Ban This Book!
Poetry Angst

40 thoughts on “Hour 18”

  1. A great book for Halloween – Pariah by Bob Fingerman. It’s got zombies, but it’s more scary in the human nature unfolds in stressful situations.

  2. I just started reading Hell House by Richard Matheson for my next readathon book, and this is definitely great for Halloween!

    Par exemplum:

    (They’ve just listened to a recording by the man who used to own the haunted house, and are telling themselves that, since it was recorded many decades previous, it couldn’t possibly be referring to them. One character asks another what such a recording was about, and he says Balesco used to go around the house watching his guests from in hiding.)

    “Then, again, maybe he was invisible,” Fischer continued. “He claimed the power. Said that he could will the attention of a group of people to some particular object, and move among them unobserved.”

    “I doubt that,” Barrett said.

    “Do you?” Fischer’s smile was strange as he looked at the phonograph. “We all had our attention on that a few moment’s ago,” he said, “How do you know he didn’t walk right by us while we were listening?”

  3. In the book I am currently reading Night’s Edge the second story is based around Halloween time and is quite creepy so far.

  4. I still believe there’s nothing scarier than Edgar Allan Poe stories. There’s just something so chilling about humanity’s potential to freak out, and Poe was a master at creating terror in a person’s mind. Love that! Of course, I’m also pretty unnerved STILL by Washington Irving’s ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, so it’s a toss-up on which would be scariest to read on Halloween. For me, nothing beats the classics.

  5. I read The Harrowing during the read-a-thon and it was a pretty decent Halloween read. I am going to have to give the ones you talked about a try I haven ‘t heard of them and I love YA. 🙂

  6. I was just coming over here with some suggestions and Christina took the words right out of my mouth, so to speak! One of THE scariest books I ever read was Hell House by Richard Matheson. Another good scary one is Duma Key by Stephen King. Pretty creepy once you start getting into it and one of his best books, in my opinion.

  7. I still plan on one day reading all the way through Rats by Paul Zindel. Have tried twice and it’s given me the heebie jeebies both times. Mutant man-eating rats coming out of the sewers and attacking…. *shiver*

  8. I’m not a big scary book person, so I would recommend a couple spooky books instead: The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) and Her Fearful Symmetry (Audrey Niffenegger).

  9. The Exorcist. Now that’s a scary book.
    And I also like all kinds of books involving zombies.

    And I’m totally on for the whole 24 hours! Yeah!
    Hope everyone’s as hyped up as me to complete the 24 hours.

  10. Carol Goodman! The Drowning Tree, Arcadia Falls, and The Lake of Dead Languages are all scary, and two of them take place in the autumn.

  11. I’ve got Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth, and Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde all in my read-a-thon pile (and for the RIP challenge, too!) Pretty scary stuff!

  12. Thomas Fahy’s Sleepless is still giving me nightmares. It’s a super scary read. It has everything: nightmares, unsolved deaths, mysterious disappearances, voodoo, insane preachers and teachers, and killers on the loose. Scary.

  13. I’d recommend “The Wheel of Darkness” by Preston & Child. Very creepy, and though it’s not technically horror I didn’t want to turn the lights out when I finished with it.

    That, or go with an old favorite: Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

  14. I just finished I Only Have Fangs for You by Kathy Love – vampires and werewolves a perfect combo for Holloween. It’s my first read by this author and won’t be my last.

  15. For a classic I would go with Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s old school but it will still freak you out. If you want something a little more modern, I really recommend The Passage by Justin Cronin. Some scenes in there are just down right creepy.

  16. Tonight I finished reading THE MONK, a 1700s gothic classic. Well, more of a parody or satire of gothic classics? But maybe it’s one of the originals? At any rate, it’s not horribly scary per say. It’s rather ridiculous but still, it works. There’s poisonings, crypts with rotting bodies, devils, etc. Quite Halloween-y.

  17. The Shining by Stephen King for scary. Not scary, but a good book for Halloween is A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny .

  18. Finished my second book. Now I need to find the third. Should be nonfiction if I’m alternating. We’ll see. I’m also being spontaneous in my selceting process.

  19. I don’t like really scary books but I do have a couple of gothic recommendations:

    The Sister by Poppy Adams
    Her Fearful Symmetry by Audry Niffenegger

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson–I am currently reading this one and the suspense is a slow build, but is worth the wait for what I have heard!

    *smiles*

  20. Lovecraft always scared me, but oddly enough the book that terrified me most was sections of The Book of Predictions, despite reading it in broad daylight on a beautiful summer day (and it not really being all that frightening…)

  21. I love The Devouring! Some other creepy ones that are good for Halloween are:
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, Project 17 by Laurie Stolarz, and I just read Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann but it isn’t released until February.

  22. Hi! The creepiest book I’ve has to be sadly forgotten The Amityville Horror. I read a torn, yellowed copy, and it totally freaked me out.
    A house that hates people, oozes stuff out of the walls, and haunts children – it doesn’t get creepier.

    – Dee from e-Volving Books

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