Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Reading Recommendations (if you like your holidays to be dark and scary)


It's been a while since I posted so I thought I would complie a list of some great books to read over the upcoming Holidays. These are not all new, but ones that I have always found entertaining, creepy, witchy, or just downright gross. So, let's get started shall we:

Let me just start by saying that these are no way in alphabetical order so don't get your hopes up that this might be an organized list..

Bentley Little--I have 2 recommendations by Mr. Little today, not that I recommend you stop at 2, but these happen to be my favorite.
The first one is The Association. Let me just say I won't ever live in a neighborhood with HOA's, EVER! If you do, you might rethink it after this...
The second one is The Summoning. I have read this one several times. It's really good..who knew there were chinese vampires? What??? You say. You'll see.

Brooks Stanwood--The first time I read this one I was about 12 I think. Stolen copy out of my moms bookcase..isn't that the way we all started reading something?
This book is called The Seventh Child. It's an older book (obviously) but still reads well and very interesting. Move to a new town, mysterious painting and family, talk of a child coven a hundred years ago, wax dolls..you won't be able to put it down.

Jonathan Barry and Whitley Strieber--Most of you probably know Whitley Strieber from his work regarding alien abduction. None of that here, just a healthy dose of straight up witchiness. I actually had no idea what Cat Magic was about when I bought it (again, many years ago) but I really came to love this book. It's different, that's for sure, but if you are into witches (not the creepy, moley kind) I think you would find this a great read.

Katheryn Meyer Griffith--The title pretty much gives this one away, the subject anyway.
Witches...that is the title. This book has become one of my favorites over the years. It involves a family of witches (3 sisters) and an unexpected journey back in time. Sounds kind of hokey, but it really isn't. I really wish there would have been another book, although I have heard rumors that there may be one in the works.

Robert McCammon--Although he has so many fabulous books, the one I am going to focus on here is Swan Song. This was actually the first Robert McCammon book I ever read, and given the size, it was quite an undertaking. I fell completely in love with this book and all of it's crazy, creepy, weird characters. If you've never read Swan Song it takes place in a post nuclear war America and it's just one of those novels that draws you in. So snap to it!

Dean Koontz--Ok,OK, I know many wouldn't call Dean Koontz dark and scary (maybe dark and scary lite) but I have one book that I really love. It may not be super scary but I'm going to add it here anyway because it's my list and I can..so there.
Anyway, the book is Twilight Eyes. It has some of my favorite elements in it, runaways, carnies, dark scary mines, murder (say that last one with a british accent). Just give it a try.

Paul Tremblay--Well what can I say here, he's just a magnificent writer. When you are recommended by the King himself i'd say that's pretty high praise.
A Head Full of Ghosts--I initially got this from the library. Then I bought it. It was that good. It's one of those that keeps you thinking long after you are done reading it, about lots of things.
Disappearance at Devil's Rock was the second book of his I read. It's distinctly different, but very good in its own right. Definitely worth a read.

Dathan Auerbach--I think Penpal is one of those you either love or hate. Many people knew it from Reddit. I'm not a Redditer so I didn't. I personally thought it was pretty damn creepy. It's not super long, so it would be a pretty quick read. I'm not always looking for Shakespeare. Sometimes I just want something to keep me entertained and this did the trick.

Mark Danielewski--House of Leaves I'm going to be blunt here. I tried to read the ebook version and I got completely lost. I'm going to have to get the actual book version to figure out what is going on. Given the fact that it is huge, I just don't think the ebook version can do it justice. I promise to do a better review once I am actually through the real book.

Stephen King--The Master Himself....yeah, I'm not really going to give any recommendations because you can pretty much pick up anything and just go for it. I guess if you want to start soft and move your way up, go for The Green Mile or Different Seasons. If you just want to kick it in the balls and go for full on King, jump right in with IT, or The Shining, Pet Sematary. Those are some good starters. If you are already familiar with King, well then you know what you love. Grab it and read it again.

Joe Hill--I can't very well go and leave the Master's progeny off the list now can I? First will go with a semi-Christmassy themed one N0S4A2. Really good book and Charlie Manx reminds me just the tiniest bit of Leland Gaunt...cousins perhaps?
My favorite Joe Hill is Horns. This was the first book of his I ever read and it just blew me away. I mean really? Waking up with horns, knowing what people are thinking? A gift or a curse?

Brian Keene--Can't very well leave him off this list. I rediscovered my love for Zombies because of Mr. Keene, as well as did a host of others I'm sure. So, my first book of Brian's is The Rising. Zombies yes, but a story line as well. Just some damn good writing. The second book is actually the 2nd book of his I read which was Dark Hollow. No zombies, and it was definitely not what I was expecting; However, it is a really good book and I recommend you check it out.

Carlton Mellick III--Zombies and Shit I'm not even sure how I found this book. I do remember looking at the cover and knowing that I must read it. It's not super scary..honestly it's not scary at all. It does have have the ick factor though, and some very interesting characters. I thought it was a really fun read.

I love werewolf books...love them. I'm going to finish this up with a small list of my favorites:

William D. Carl--Bestial:Werewolf Apocalypse
Al Sarrantonio--Moonbane
Ronald Kelly--Moon of the Werewolf
Ray Garton--Ravenous and it's follow up Bestial


Please let me know what you think. I would love to hear suggestions. I'm always looking for new reading matterial.