Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scary Reads: Part 1

I figured out just how awesome Halloween is the other day when I checked my grocery list. It included:

- Halloween Oreos (with fun shapes and that Cheetoh-orange cream filling)
- Count Chocula cereal
- Candy. Massive bags of candy.

Besides downing ridiculous amounts of sugar, I love getting into a Halloween mood with some music, movies, and of course, reads. I've got nine strong contenders with pages chock full of shivers, fear, and monsters. Let's take a look at part one:

Scary Reads for Halloween
Part 1: Vintage Frights

1. The works of Edgar Allan Poe

This is psychological terror at its finest, and no one did it better. Poe was a master of atmosphere and frightful gloom. Since his stories are short, you can down a few of them for a nice Halloween buffet. I recommend "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Raven," and "The Black Cat."

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Before Twilight or Anne Rice came the original aristocratic vampire. And before Buffy there was Professor Abraham van Helsing.

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mad scientists! Science gone wrong! Murder, mayhem, and monsters! Shelley's gothic horror has it all.

Bonus Reads: Shakespeare's Macbeth ("Double, double, toil and trouble") and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Added Plus: All of the works above can be found for free in electronic format, so load up that eReader and get ready to shiver!

Scary Reads Part 2: Nightmare Fuel
Scary Reads Part 3: Candy Stash

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