Books by Theme: Halloween Reads v.2

This is Halloween, this is Halloween, 




Welcome to Halloween 2013!  In honor of my FAVORITE holiday, I've compiled a list of books, reviews, movies, and more for your Halloween enjoyment.  Here are the books; look for more Halloween lists later in the day! 

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Halloween Books 

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
I've been pushing this a lot because it was just really fantastic.  Looking for something that crosses the line between horror and fantasy?  Look no further.  Parker is immediately likable (even when I wanted to slap him) and his voice adds a snarky, unique tone to the narrative.  His incredible power is a talent that many people crave, but Johansson adds a dark twist that makes it nightmarish.  Add a mystery stalker and Parker's world becomes a dark race against time, with no easy way out.
My Review

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
This one isn't for the kiddies.  But it is (in my opinion) one of Palahniuk's most exceptional books.  Heard of Fight Club?  This is your guy.  Only this time, he has 26 writers trapped in a writing retreat--by a psychopathic homicidal maniac with a ghostly secret.  It's 26 creepy short stories about these horrible people and their gory secrets, embedded in an eerie narrative.  If you aren't sold: the first story, "Guts", has made more than one person faint during public readings and has been banned from schools.  Yeah.  Chuck takes his horror seriously.  

Flowers by Darnell Dickerson
This is a delightfully sick short story I had the pleasure of receiving from the author.  It's indie, not well known, and it blew me away.  Meet George, a troubled guy with paranoid suspicions and a terrible secret.  I didn't exactly know where it was going from the beginning. I watched the pieces forming into a puzzle, unable to stop it.  It's hard to describe, but you feel reading this book the way you do watching a horror movie, at the opening, when the character is first walking down that long dark hall but nothing horrid has happened yet.  It's just beautiful. 
My Review

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
I have a joke for you. What do you get when you mix American Psycho with Alice in Wonderland? If you guessed “this here book,” you’re one smart cookie. Slice of Cherry is sick and twisted in the most delightful of ways.  Kit may be a stabbing torturer and Fancy a megalomaniac control freak with a creepily stalkerish affection for her sister—but they’re also just teen girls with some hardcore abandonment issues. It's a book about live, love, and murder.  (Also pictured is the companion novel, Bleeding Violet.)
My Review

The StalkerThe Haunting, The Seance, and A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon
I read these (and many of Nix's other books) in fourth grade.  They really stuck with me.  She was the first horror I'd read besides your basic scary stories and she was utterly terrifying--because everything was real, possible, hiding outside your bedroom window.  Here, we have one girl entangling herself in a psychopath's snares while investigating a murder; and then, we have an ancient and powerful evil; and then, a seance gone terribly wrong  Top it off with my favorite, four teens trapped in a magician's evil game.  It's clean for kids but plenty terrifying for anyone.

What are some of your favorite Halloween books? 

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