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Old 09-08-12, 08:28 PM
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October horror books recommendations

With October getting closer, I've been looking at getting some scary horror books to read. So far I've got:

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Books Of Blood Vol. 4-6 by Clive Barker

And that's all really. Don't wanna read King or Koontz. Any other books you guys can recommend?
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Re: October horror books recommendations

Great idea, as I usually try to read horror books in October. The last really creepy book I've read is Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box. (You didn't specify a King, but I assume you meant papa bear, not baby bear. )

Earlier this year I read Richard Matheson's Hell House, which I can recommend. Just don't go in believing the hype that it's the scariest thing ever. I did and it was a bit of a let down, but it did have a good atmosphere.

I'm mulling over what I will read next month. Probably Peter Straub's Ghost Story, based on its rep. (Expectations will be kept in check this time. Ha.) A few people I know and trust have said that Dam Simmons' The Terror is great, so maybe that, too.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

Originally Posted by mhg83 View Post
House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Great book....
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Lovecraft? Just get this:

http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complet...k-nook-kindle/
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Great idea, as I usually try to read horror books in October. The last really creepy book I've read is Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box. (You didn't specify a King, but I assume you meant papa bear, not baby bear. )
I read Heart Shaped Box and liked it a lot. Have you read his newest book 'Horns'? I might pick that one up.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

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I read Heart Shaped Box and liked it a lot. Have you read his newest book 'Horns'? I might pick that one up.
I didn't care much for Heart Shaped Box but really enjoyed Horns. I thought it was a much better story.

And I'm so glad people on this forum reccommended House of Leaves to me a few years back. That book seriously creeped me out, like no other book has since I was a kid.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

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I read Heart Shaped Box and liked it a lot. Have you read his newest book 'Horns'? I might pick that one up.
Not yet. Most recently I read "Throttle" - the Kindle Single he wrote with his dad - which is a biker gang riff on Matheson's Duel. (It originally appeared in an anthology that paid tribute to Duel, I believe.) I enjoyed that one, too, but not as much as HSB. Around this time last year when the power was out for a week because of a hurricane, I devoured his 21st Century Ghosts. Like most short story collections, some are better than others. But a couple were really great. (And despite the title, overall it's not really a horrorfest.) One of those stories - "The Cape" - was adapted into a comic, which I'd love to read sometime.

Maybe I'll read Horns next month. One of my friends who is a big Hill fan (and recommend Heart Shaped Box to me) said it was good.
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Horror short story collections are really where it's at. Haunted, by Joyce Carol Oates, is a particularly good one.
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The Penguin editions are the cheapest way to get the corrected texts. All the others (especially the free ones) are rife with errors.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

Is House of Leaves a really complicated read? My mind tends to waver and I have to be really sucked in to keep my attention.

I really liked the Short Story Guts by Chuck Palahniuk. The reason I bring this story up is that this is the kind of writing style I enjoy. Very descriptive and disturbing.

Any suggestions on something like that?
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Re: October horror books recommendations

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Is House of Leaves a really complicated read?
Only when you have to rotate the book to read some of the pages.

Has any one read "The Haunting of Hill House"? I was thinking of picking it up.
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Some of the best short horror stories I've read.
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Great topic. I'm a fan of Simon Clark's earlier titles (Darkness Demands, Stranger...). If you just want something with a Halloween mood, check out Agatha Christie's Halloween Party. Seed is a good one too.

House of Leaves was such a chore to get through but a good story. I'll have to check out Alone with the Horrors.
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I plan on finally reading Salem's Lot this October. Been sitting on my shelf for years and I always pass it up.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

Originally Posted by mhg83 View Post
House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I agree with 12thmonkey, this is a great book. It is a challenging read, though, as it challenges the form of the book, not just the story itself, as I recall.
(Just flip though the pages to see how formatting conveys the story, as well as words themselves. Does that make sense?)

Read it 6 or 7 years ago, I think, after getting it as a gift from a friend.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

For me, I think a key to enjoying House of Leaves is to not let yourself get bogged down by the Zampano-written sections. He would just drone on and on in academia-speak. I've heard some interpret these sections as a satire of such writing ... and that seems reasonable to me.

I think the meat of the story - the Navidson Record - is reasonably straight-forward. And I thought the weird formatting enhanced that part.
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I can't believe this was never made into a movie.
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I agree with 12thmonkey, this is a great book. It is a challenging read, though, as it challenges the form of the book, not just the story itself, as I recall.
(Just flip though the pages to see how formatting conveys the story, as well as words themselves. Does that make sense?)

Read it 6 or 7 years ago, I think, after getting it as a gift from a friend.
Yeah i have the book in my collection and it looks pretty crazy with all the different formats. I was gonna get it for Kindle but after reading reviews it seems like the physical version is superior. I'm not sure if it's even readable on an E-Book.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

New R.L. Stine book coming out oct. 9th:

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For the millions of readers who grew up on Goosebumps, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror, this is a must-read from a beloved master of the genre.
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Re: October horror books recommendations

If you've never read him, this is the month to give Richard Laymon a try. Just finished Funland. It starts out as more of a coming of age book, but it picks up towards the end. The Island, The Woods Are Dark, and In The Dark are a few of my favorites from him.
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Has any one read "The Haunting of Hill House"? I was thinking of picking it up.
Probably my least favorite Shirley Jackson so far. Her short stories are more effective at being creepy.
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I plan on finally reading Salem's Lot this October. Been sitting on my shelf for years and I always pass it up.
After reading the rest of King, Salem's Lot is amateurish and sloppily improbable
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Speaking of that book: why does the Kindle edition cost so much more than the paper edition?

http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Witch-H.../dp/0142437956

The prices for today are:

Kindle Edition: $16.07
Paperback: $11.75

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