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Anyone have any favorite books they like to read in October? Anything ghost, Halloween, spooky etc......

 

I am reading House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski right now and it is amazing. It is a hefty book, almost 700 pages, but it is a story within a story and has large appendix and exhibits section. Very well written. It is about a house that is larger in the inside than the outside. new spaces appear in the house, like leaves of a table.

 

A night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny is another good one. It is a competition between forces of good and evil where he story is told from the perspective of Jack the Rippers dog companion. A fun read that mixes lots of halloween favorites together.

 

Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist is another good book this time of year. It is about a family that moves into a giant old farm house and has some fairy creatures living in the back woods. The concept is better than the writing, but I have always enjoyed this book.

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House by Frank Paretii (spelling?) is good, Sinner by Ted Dekker, Obsessed by Ted Dekker, and Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker.

 

Can you tell I like Ted Dekker? :upside:

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For creepy October reading it's hard to go against H.P. Lovecraft... unless you plan on getting sleep. One of the few writers who general creeps me out.

 

On a much lighter note, I should be getting my copy of World War Z (Max Brooks) back in the next few days. If you haven't read it yet, it is at the top of my all-time reading list.

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Goodnight Goon. It's a parody of the children's classic Goodnight Moon. My daughter loves it! Perfect for the little ones as a bedtime story.

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I always read Lovecraft in October. I was reading "The Thing on the Doorstep" last night before I went to bed. My two-year-old woke during the night and, as I walked upstairs in the dark, I realized I totally had the heebie-jeebies.

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Not to keep harping on Gaiman (I am a huge fan if you couldn't tell) but if you like Lovecraftian Mythos then you should check out A Study In Emerald.

 

I have to be in the right mood for Lovecraft, his stuff does strange things to my thought patterns.

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For Halloween creeps, you just can't beat "The Colour Out Of Space." Lovecraft himself said it was his favorite of all he'd ever written.

 

Although "The Graveyard Book" is a neat read, too.

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A Night in the Lonesome October by Zelazny is great, and a quick read. There is another Night in the Lonesome October by Richard Laymon, not bad but more adult content. I like a couple short stories Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, Skulls in the Stars by R. E. Howard or The Call of Cthulhu from Lovecraft. Or for something a little different Manley Wade Wellman The Old Gods Waken (or any of the Silver John novels). I was considering these when I read the opening post. But I am trying out something new (for me) this year, The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (short stories) edited by Peter Haining, an older book. Oh by the way, was in Dallas visiting my son this weekend. During the visit we went to the incredible Half Price Books on NE Highway. Massive Bookstore with so much cool stuff. I picked up my final Halloween reads, Cryptozoo Crew and The Elfish Gene (not scary but a memoir of growing up playing D&D).

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One that's good at this time of year and one of my favorite books anyway - The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs. He is best known for his middle readers/young adult books, and this was his only adult fantasy. It is excellent - a short, simple fantasy with great characters, an interesting and original plot, and a high creep factor. All this in about 200 pages. I wish he'd written more like it. I highly recommend it.

 

The other thing I'm reading right now is Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly. It popped up in an Amazon e-mail for my Kindle and was only $1.99, so I grabbed it. It is a series of short and very creepy, macabre tales with a delightful, old-fashioned feel and Edward Gorey-esque illustrations. Again, I think these are aimed at a YA market, but the writing is excellent and they are sure creeping me out! There are two other books in the series which I will probably also Kindle.

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Lots of good suggestions, I am gonna check out a lot of these. Another short story I love around this time of year is "The Sea and Little Fishes" by Terry Pratchett. I know he's not for everyone, but I love his work. Also I can never go wrong busting out my "Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe."

 

I've noticed that several of the mentions here (including one of mine) are categorized YA. It amazes me how much really great YA fiction there is out there now compared the the offerings that were around when I was actually in that age range. I freely admit to reading and loving a lot of YA series that have come out in the last few years.

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