I’m writing this Saturday, because for a lot of people, life in California involves planning to be without electricity for multiple days at a time. It’s so fun! Except it’s not, because we never know when it’s getting turned off, or how long it will last. I’m not here to rant, though, I swear. I just miss having food in my fridge and freezer…
Halloween is drawing ever closer and closer, and though we are preoccupied with other things here, like forty mile an hour wind gusts, high temperatures, and no humidity, somewhere in the world it is Autumn, and spooky.
I’m pretty brave. Only yesterday I spent time exploring my jobs basement, which was… very wrong. Stairs that lead to nowhere, old medicine bottles half full of dissolving pills, the remains of crematorium ovens, and an old vault. We stood in complete darkness and took flash pictures and it was fine. Never mind the glass that shattered behind me as I was coming up the stairs or anything. IT WAS FINE.
Happy Halloween! Here’s spooky books I’d read if I considered myself brave in the face of words…
Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by That Arsty Reader Girl.
The Gates, by John Connolly: This sort of feels like Good Omens without the apocalypse vibes. It’s the story of a boy and his dog, who while attempting to trick-or-treat three days early, witness a satanic summoning ritual (that succeeds) and their attempts to fix the rift in our reality using particle physics(?). It’s funny, it’s strange, it’s me in book form.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places: I love history, and when it’s mixed with a dash of the supernatural I like it even better. Here the author explores America’s “most haunted” locals, and discusses how often we project our fears onto parts of our history we would rather forget; prisons, asylums, and Native American burial grounds, to name a few.
The Devil and the Deep, by Ellen Datlow: A collection of short stories written by a plethora of authors including Seanan McGuire and Alyssa Wong, all focusing on our fascination and fear of the sea. I don’t know about you, but my love for the ocean has always been tempered by a healthy dose of respect and no small amount of fear. In a world, so vast, dark, and alien to ours, what things could be hiding in the depths?
White is For Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi: Generations of woman inhabit the walls of the Silver family house, near the cliffs of Dover, but not all of them are still alive. When the latest victim disappears, her daughter is not far behind. Oyeyemi is such an exciting voice in the world of literary fantasy, I really want a chance to read this book.
The Supernatural Enhancements, by Edgar Contero: I loved Meddling Kids (you can read my review here), it’s mix of horror and humor was right up my alley, not to mention how alive and descriptive Contero’s writing is. It’s a ghost story, it’s a treasure hunt, it’s told through very creative means, and it’s got me interested.
The Deep, by Alma Katsu: As a child, I enjoyed James Cameron’s documentary about the wreck of The Titanic more then I did his romantic drama. It may very well be the reason I’m fascinated by haunted ships and ship wrecks in the first place. This is the story of a survivor of the Titanic and the ghosts that continue to haunt her as she works as a nurse on the Titanic’s sister ship, The Britannic.
The Monster of Elendhaven, by Jennifer Giesbrecht: A man creates monsters to plague a city left to die. What are the man’s intentions? Why does he create abominations to stalk the city streets? Just what are the secrets of Elendhaven, and why was it left to decay by the sea?
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters: A crumbling Georgian mansion, an overgrown garden, and doctor recovering from the horrors of WWII all come together in the story of the Ayres family and their slow unraveling. I’ve always wanted to read a Sarah Waters book, since I’ve heard great things about them, maybe this will be where I start.
The Haunting of Hill House: I have a soft spot for the movie, and I’ve always been curious about the book that inspired it. I love stories where the setting is just as alive as the characters, with it’s own sinister motivations that make no sense to the humans trapped there.
The Witch of Willow Hall, by Hester Fox: This one might not by scary. *squints at it* Regardless, it’s about a family in Boston in 1821, women who are witches, and their fight against a dark force out to rise from the shadows. I’ve always enjoyed stories where woman realize their full potential, and my hopes is that this is one of them.
Alright, there it is. Top Ten Tuesday finished on Saturday. I’m hungry, so I better feed myself. Hope your day is full of electricity and internet and happiness, unlike mine.