Monday, October 31, 2011

Scary Reads: Part 3

Trick-or-treating for our area was yesterday. I had a good time forcing the Spouse to cater to adorable children dressed as Buzz Lightyears, fairies, etc. The afternoon brought rain and wind, however, cutting the Halloween go-ers short.

Which means tons of leftover candy. Eeeexcellent. Perfect sugar-fuel for NaNoWriMo.

Having a huge bag of candy that lasts until Christmas inspired my picks for a final list of scary reads. Here are some titles that you may not have heard of, each with a unique spin on some classic horror themes. Tuck in with one of these at any time of the year for a scare.

Scary Reads for Halloween
Part 3: Candy Stash

1. Already Dead by Charlie Huston

The first book of The Joe Pitt Case Files introduces us to the gritty streets of New York through the eyes of Joe, a vampire thug for hire. The supernatural overtones add a thrilling flavor to Huston's darkly beautiful depictions of the city. You'll hear, feel, and see the streets of New York with every blood-drenched sentence.

2. Peeps and its sequel The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

Vampires are vampires, right? Westerfeld puts a new spin on the everyday bloodsucker story. I've included the sequel because I enjoyed it even more than the first.

3. I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

John Cleaver is a lot like every other teenager. He goes to school, has a part time job, and has hobbies he enjoys. He's also a sociopath. John's daily struggles to NOT become a killer go awry when he is forced to go up against something even more twisted than he is.

Scary Reads Part 1: Vintage Frights
Scary Reads Part 2: Nightmare Fuel

Now it's time to stash that pillowcase of sweets, tuck away the costumes, and see what November has in store!

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