Last Minute Recommendations: October Reading, Pt. 3

It’s finally Halloween week!  I have a few final suggestions and resources for horror readers looking for one last fix.

If you’re a YA reader, check out YALSA’s Genre Guide for Teens. They give a linked list of the top horror writers for teens, as well as other websites to help you explore the genre.

Constable & ToopI would like to recommend (highly) Gareth P. Jones’ Constable & Toop. I’ve been waiting to talk about this book for ages, but I have to wait until my official review is published in Shelf Awareness before I can.  Suffice it to say, it’s worth picking up.  It’s a Victorian ghost story/murder mystery with darkness, humor, and an engaging cast of characters–think Good Omens meets Dickens.  Anyway, look for a full review soon and for a copy of the book sooner.

The news magazine, The Week, has gathered together “9 Contemporary Horror Stories You Can Read Right Now.”  As the article name implies, all of these stories are available online and are linked through the article, for your convenience. Here is the lineup:

  • “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison
  • “Accursed Inhabitants of the the House of Bly” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Abraham’s Boy’s” by Joe Hill (who I just learned is Stephen King’s son, by the way!)
  • “Split Lip” by Sam Costello
  • “The Sloan Men” by David Nickle
  • “The Bees” by Dan Chao
  • “Patient Zero” by Tananarive Due
  • “The Things” by Peter Watts

If you’re in the mood for something less reading intensive, check out Atlas Obscura’s 31 Days of Halloween feature, where they are “celebrating Halloween each day with woeful, wondrous, and wickedly macabre tales all linked to a real locale that you can visit, if you dare.”  Old photos, ruins, abandoned buildings, and burial grounds all make appearances and are creepily fascinating to look through.

My final word on Halloween this year is not to forget All Hallows Read! Give someone a scary book to read on Halloween.  The site has book recommendations, fun downloads–including this make-your-own mini-book of Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Raven”–and Neil Gaiman urging everyone to make this a new Halloween tradition.

Happy Halloween!



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