What starts as an innocent game of Truth or Dare quickly turns into a sinister story with missing children and butchered bodies . . .
I’m back with another list of “top five books to read if you love . . .” This week, we’re looking specifically at horror, and some of its wonderful sub-genres. My friend Vanessa, who is the brains behind PolyPlasticDreams, asked me for a list of horror stories and I was more than happy to put some together for her! She’s the person who introduced me to Junji Ito’s work, and is always asking me to go see scary movies at our local indie theater.
Without further ado, here are five of my favourite horror books that I’ve read over the past year.
For the past few years I’ve eagerly awaited the start of summer because with it comes so many new thrillers! The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda was one of my most anticipated summer reads, and I was so happy when I got an electronic copy. It’s the fourth book by this author I’ve read, and I was so excited to see what it was about.
“A chilling collection of classic weird and supernatural tales from the dark heart of American literature.”
As soon as I saw the description for American Midnight: Tales of the Dark, I knew I had to read it. This collection of short stories is edited by Laird Hunt, and contains eerie stories all by American authors. Some were classic titles I instantly recognized, and others were new to me, but all of them gave me chills and kept me up at night.
Do you ever wonder if there is another version of yourself living in a parallel universe? And if so, how their life is playing out differently from yours? This is exactly what Again Again by E. Lockhart explores. In her latest book, we see how one girl’s life changes across different timelines based on the choices she makes.
This week my “top 5” list was put together for my friend Amy, who asked for recommendations on spooky ghost stories. I love reading creepy books, and had so much fun putting this one together. Whether you’re able to handle some serious paranormal action, or want something on the lighter side to only dip your toes into the horror genre, you’ll be able to find something on this list.
“Everyone knows about the dare. Each week, the king of Fairvale Academy, Bryson Keller, must date someone new—the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.”
When I first saw the description for Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye I was expecting a cute, fluffy gay romance. While aspects of that were definitely in the book, there was also so much more included in this story.
Librarians, out of body experiences triggered by sleep paralysis, and strange vampire-like monsters? Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford had everything I wanted and more. Like many novellas from Tor, this one packs so much into so few pages.
Last week, after posting my list of Top 5 Books to Read if You Love Reality TV, I told friends I’d curate other book lists for them on specific topics or genres they were interested in. I had quite a few requests, so it’s my new quarantine goal to put together one list per week! This week we’re looking at five books to read if you love Victorian England. This request came from Caitlin at My Tech Wardrobe.
“Grief I told you is always, but grieving — more often intermittent. “
Riven is a small collection of poetry by Catherine Owen that explores the process of grief by reflecting on nature.
It was a unique collection, and one that I read slowly because I wanted to take time to reflect on each poem. Many of them packed a lot of emotion and feelings into so few words, and rushing through each one wouldn’t give the writing any justice.