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Oct. 18th, 2012 @ 02:52 pm Spooky
We're coming up on another Halloween soon. What are you reading to get into the mood? What are your favorite creepy books (fiction or nonfiction!)?

For some good shivers, I like Harlan Ellison and Orson Scott Card's short stories, and Mira Grant's trilogy of zombie novels.

My YA picks include anything by William Sleator and Robert Cormier, and I still reread them regularly. Sleator's "The Beasties" is actually one of the few books that's ever creeped me out so badly I wish I hadn't read it. I'm not actually sure why it hit me so hard. It's very... visceral, I guess.

For nonfiction that will make your skin crawl, I recommend "The Plutonium Files" by Eileen Welsome, and I just heard good things about "Dispensing with the Truth" by Alicia Munro (anyone read it?). Nothing like the history of ethics violations in science and medicine to keep you up all night...
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From:katemacetak
Date:October 19th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is my favorite Halloween book ever. It's not really creepy/scary, but it's an amazing story.
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From:dark_phoenix54
Date:October 21st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
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'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson is one of the spookiest books I've ever read. It's got the kind of horror that I've always feared most- the thing that holds your hand in the dark, the pounding on the walls, the walls breathing. Nothing you can fight against.

I have a serious dislike for Harlan Ellison; I've never found his stories scary for some reason. He just ends up making me mad. I'm not sure I've ever read anything by Card, which I know I must remedy some day.
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From:bastette_joyce
Date:December 30th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
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Late reply, I know - I hope you get this. I know what you mean about Harlan Ellison. He doesn't make me mad, but I don't find his stories scary in the least.
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From:dark_phoenix54
Date:December 30th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
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No, they are dystopian but not horror.

It's his misogyny that puts my back up with him.
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From:bastette_joyce
Date:December 31st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
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I guess I haven't read many of his stories because misogyny didn't stand out in the ones I did read - and I'm pretty sensitive to it, too. I remember now what it was I didn't like. There doesn't seem to be much depth to the stories. And it occurred to me that maybe it's because in his mind, he's writing screenplays rather than prose. The characters never seem to have any inner life. Most of the description is very visual and behavior-oriented and doesn't get into motivations or internal experience. So the stories seem shallow to me.
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From:dark_phoenix54
Date:December 31st, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
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That's another thing about his work I don't care for, and that's a great explanation for it. I'd never thought about the screenplay aspect, even though I know he's done a lot of that.

I tend to get odd connections in my mind, and have always associated his work with the flat pop art of the 60s and 70s, like Warhol etc, which goes along perfectly with what you're saying!
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From:queenlyzard
Date:December 31st, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
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I think the man is brilliant-- have either of you read his novella "Mephisto in Onyx" (or better yet, listened to the recording of him reading it)? And yes, he does write screenplays as well-- he's written some of the most famous episodes of Star Trek and Twilight Zone, among others, but yes, that style does have a very temporally specific tone. I like his ability to portray brief slivers of life-- and I find his work scary simply because he writes such believable dystopias.
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From:dark_phoenix54
Date:December 31st, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
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And what is funny is that I liked those episodes of Star Trek!

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