With Halloween lurking right around the darkened corner, now is a frighteningly good time to talk about authors who will scare you right out of your reading glasses. We know you know about horror heavy hitters like Peter Straub, Stephen King, and Ramsey Campbell, but how about Laird Barron? Already a favorite among horror and dark fantasy aficionados, Barron mixes cosmic horror, supernatural noir, and the occult into terrifying tales that should be topping your Halloween reading list. Strikingly original and expertly crafted, his novels and story collections have already won three Shirley Jackson Awards, received multiple Bram Stoker and Locus nominations, and been favorably compared to the work of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. So if you’re in the mood for a good scare, try to be brave and check out one of the following Laird Barron books. They’re guaranteed to give you the creeps if you give them the chance. Happy Halloween!
Barron’s latest story collection was declared an “instant classic” by author John Langan and is sure to make Barron a household name in horror. Combining “psychological horror, slasher fiction, and earthy weirdness,” these 12 spine-tingling stories are set in far-future dystopias and a hellish Alaskan wilderness where a cyborg war dog, a modern day Jack the Ripper, and a psycho sorority girl all roam wild. The first book in a planned “Alaska” cycle, this collection is a nightmarish must read.
This cosmic horror gem is the final book of a “loose trilogy” that includes the award-winning story collections The Imago Sequence and Occultation. Featuring eight interlinking tales and the World Fantasy Award nominated novella Hand of Glory, these chilling stories are so well crafted author Kelly Link insists you’ll forgive Barron for the sleepless nights they cause.
Barron’s debut novel tells the story of 80-year-old Donald Miller, a geologist whose sanity is tested as he unearths dark secrets about his wife and their adult twins. Filled with black magic, weird cults, and unspeakable things looming in the shadows, Barron’s book is a “disturbing imagining of a modern day Rumpelstiltskin” that is by turns touching and terrifying.
Okay, okay, we get the picture. Vampires and zombies… they’re pretty scary. What with their blood sucking and flesh feasting, glamoring and lurching, death defying and multiplying it’s really no wonder they’ve cornered the market in creepy. But if variety is truly the spice of the afterlife, at this point you’re likely dying for something new on your Halloween reading list. So to help you diversify your diet of literary horror, we’re featuring all those terrifying ghosts and ghouls left lurking in the shadows while the vampires and zombies hog the limelight. We’ve got witches, and we’ve got ghosts. We’ve got killer clowns, shape-shifting crows, and even… could it be… Satan! So lock your doors, turn on the lights, and try to be brave. These bloodcurdling books are chomping for a chance to scare you sideways: Continue reading “The More the Scarier”→
Just in time for Halloween, please allow us to introduce the latest craze sweeping the Internet. Much like the horror mash-up trend that gave us the popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the creative and computer-savvy have taken to recutting classic movie trailers into something a bit more creepy. Check out the entertaining “Scary” Mary Poppins below, and if you like what you see, you can find even more recut horror trailers over on YouTube. Also, if you’re in the mood for some feature-length frights, take a look at the Chicago Tribune’s list of the 25 Scariest Movies for some spooky suggestions. Happy Halloween!
Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be a zombie these days. With a single-mindedness that only an animated corpse could muster, the zombies have recently risen from the grave to enjoy unprecedented heights of popularity. But even as they rub rotting elbows with the “beautiful people,” the zombies have always managed to stay true to their rancid, flesh-eating roots. Sure, they’ve experimented a little on their way to the top. They’ve dipped a gangrenous toe into classic literature, played slapstick for laughs, and even done a bit of thrilling song and dance. But the bottom line is that the zombies have earned their stardom by remaining committed to doing what zombies do best. Namely, they’ve doubled and redoubled their efforts to scare you snotless, and let’s face it, you’ve got to respect their work ethic even as you run screaming from their lurching pursuit. So this Halloween celebrate the Year of the Zombie with a book that captures all of their consistent creepiness. In each of the following gory reads, you’ll thank the zombies for keeping it real… real scary.
Somewhere along the way the vampires hired an incredible publicist. In the blink of a soulless eye, these bloodthirsty spawns of Satan have become the new media darlings by remaking themselves into a harmlessly hunky bunch of brooding night owls. Good for the vampires. But with Halloween lurking right around the darkened corner, you might be surprised to find yourself wishing that these pale heartthrobs would return – at least briefly – to their more evil ways. If so, have no fear, or actually, have a big, heaping bowl of fear because there are still plenty of blood-chilling books that capture the vampires in all their former undead glory. If you’re looking for laughs, romance, or Abe Lincoln, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. But if you’re in the mood for some serious seasonal spookiness, check out the following terrifying reads for all the spooky you can handle:
It’s that time of year again. Time to slap on a multicolored wig, a pair of fangs, and maybe a poorly ventilated rubber mask and head on out into the night with the rest of the world’s sugar hungry ghouls for an evening of spooktacular candy retrieval. And when you’re done binging on your loot and through gouging the innards out of your festive seasonal gourds, be sure to log onto that most haunted of realms–the Internet— and check out poets.org to read lots of great poems of the scary season.