Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween, Bibliophiles!

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Happy Halloween!!

Are you reading anything spooky today?

Here are a few of my favorite scary reads, perfect for a day like today:

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, has it all- haunted mansions, ghosts, mystery and more. Love it!

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco, is a literary murder mystery with a strange library at its center. Fun!

The Night of Hunter, by Davis Grubb, is a fabulously suspenseful thriller, wonderful on its own and made into a super-creepy flick starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. The book was published in 1953 and adapted for the screen in 1955. The story is about a preacher convicted of murder chasing a fortune in stolen money now in the hands of two innocent children. Nobody knows his past, but it's clear that's he's trouble.

Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link's wonderful collection of short stories, has zombies, ghosts, witches and the undead. Who can ask for more?

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote's true-crime thriller, is scary in a more realistic way but rendered in such crystal-perfect prose, you don't even mind.

Complicity is Scottish writer Iain Banks' thriller about a journalist chasing a series of murders about which he may know more than he wants to admit. Banks is a cracking good writer who also does a lot of well-regarded science fiction; check him out!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a more recent novel about a spate of serial killings rife with suspense and genuine creepiness, by Swedish writer Steig Larsson. I had a great time with Dragon Tattoo and can't wait to read the sequels- and it reads fast enough that you could start it this morning and finish before trick-or-treating!

You can also go to Flashlight Worthy Books for a list of zombie books!