Halloween is coming up again, and that means it’s time for All Hallows Read!
But what is it, you ask? Here’s Neil Gaiman to explain:
I have a few suggestions for scary books to share. For starters, I’m finally getting around to reading The Passage by Justin Cronin. It’s not terribly horror-ish (actually a plus for squeamish readers like me) but it’s about a vampire apocalypse, which surely counts as Halloween-appropriate. Be prepared: it is looong, and something happens a third of the way through (end of Act I? Why yes…) that turns off some readers. But I kept going, and I’m glad I did. It’s really well-written. I may have to go an apocalyptic literature kick now…
Where was I? Ah yes, scary book suggestions.
As I said, I’m a lightweight when it comes to horror, but here are a few authors/books who creep me out without keeping me awake for the rest of the month:
- C.J. Cherryh – Rider at the Gate / Cloud’s Rider
- China Miéville (discussed on the blog here and here)
- Halli Villegas – The Hair Wreath and Other Stories (reviewed here)
- Peter Watts – Blindsight (and hey, there’s a sequel out now, Echopraxia!)
I’ve also written a horror-lite short story myself, which you can read for free at Turtleduck Press: The Dangers of Creation; or, A Machine to Rival Man. (It’s not the only horror-leaning story among our freebies, either.)
Over to you! What scary books would you recommend?