Fall is here, and in addition to all the extra back-to-school shenanigans that are going on in my life (about which much more later), it is also time for scary books! Once again this year, I'm hoping to participate in the awesome (and thankfully loose) reading challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril!
Estella's Revenge and Heather at My Capricious Life for hosting, and Jenny at Reading the End (as always) for bringing it to my attention. The challenge is basically "read some scary books in September and October," which, okay, I'm on that. Also, "watch some scary movies" and maybe "do other scary things that you enjoy." This is the kind of challenge I can get behind.
Since I haven't thought yet about what I'm going to read for the challenge, I'm going to start this adventure off with a short list that I recently shared with a friend and horror fan who was looking for something to read on a family vacation. Horror that trends toward fun and wacky, rather than straight-up dark.
My Best Friend's Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix. The author of Horrorstor brings us this story of being a teenager in the '80s, and demons. It is heartwarming and horrifying. I love Grady Hendrix.
This Book Is Full of Spiders (Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It), by David Wong. Sequel to John Dies at the End, I'll admit I haven't read this one yet, but I'm excited to, because of how insane--completely insane--the first book was.
14, by Peter Clines. Also recommending The Fold, which is kind of a companion book, but barely. Both very good; I think I liked 14 better for its ensemble cast of gentle misfits.
We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, because I will never stop talking about this book. Group therapy for survivors of horror movies.
Locke &; Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. An amazing series of graphic novels that tell a carefully crafted, absolutely horrifying story. This series is built like a Swiss watch, only terrifying.
I will update more when I decide what I'm going to start by reading, but I wanted to get a post up and get rolling. Bring on the fall!