I get asked about what movies I watch every year, but strangely no one asks what books I’m reading/listening to. Now, I can listen to audiobooks while writing or while playing video games or while just taking it easy. It isn’t quite as fast as reading a book myself, but I get distracted easily on Lyrica and it’s easier to keep my place in an audiobook than a book or ebook. So weird.
So here’s a list of books I have read or listened to in October. Some are scarier than others and some are on here not because they scare me now, but because they are books that are good Halloween reads for those not wanting to get into a truly scary book.
- 77 Shadow Street (Dean Koontz)
- Something Wicked this way Comes (Ray Bradbury – such a classic)
- The Talisman (Peter Straub & Stephen King)
- Black House (Peter Straub & Stephen King)
- Jurassic Park (Michael Crieghton – I know everyone just said um, what? Seriously the book is not as feel good special as the movie and John Hammond is not a lovable kook that just wants to give the world dinosaurs and Alan Grant is partially responsible for the disaster that is Jurassic Park and well, Ian Malcolm was spot on actually, oh and the deaths are definitely not implied in the book like they are in the movie, we get to see slashing claws, dripping jaws, and red mists)
- Rose Madder (Stephen King)
- The Hellfire Club (Peter Straub)
- Mister B. Gone (Clive Barker – So Barker has written some scary novels and scary short stories – Midnight Meat Train with Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones is from volume one of the Books of Blood Barker’s short story collections, but Mister B. Gone is more comedy than horror, although it might qualify as comedic horror I suppose – it’s also quite short for a Barker novel)
- I tried listening to both The Stand and The Shining by Stephen King, but the narrator annoyed me greatly and I stopped both about 30 minutes into them. However, both books are insanely more frightening than the movies
- The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Laroux) – So this is one of the few Gothic horror novels I enjoy immensely. But I’m a sucker for a sociopath trying to prove he’s in love, like most Gothic horror, it would also qualify as an unrequited romance novel with a female heroine that needs a good shouting at (PS: someone keeps telling me I always spell heroine wrong… Heroin is the drug, Heroine is a woman worthy of admiring.
Now go forth and read books!