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Special X series by Michael Slade
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
I also did a quick tag search for thriller and slasher books, if you need some ideas. (The slasher tag does include more movies than books, it seems.)
>3 .Monkey.: Same here (on the slow reading). Michael Slade's stuff looks good. :) I hope it's a good read (re-read?)!
>4 sturlington: - >6 sturlington: What Poly said. I think any kind of thrillers--supernatural or whatever--fit just fine. I hope it's a fun read. :) I like vampires, so I may keep that one in mind when I'm out book-shopping, but not right now. I'm still trying to read my own books first.
Btw, would splatterpunk fit in for this month? Looking at the books I had set aside for each month, I had included some splatterpunk titles: Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror edited by Paul M. Sammon and Off Season by Jack Ketchum.
- The Cabinet of Curiosities / Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- The Winter People / Jennifer McMahon
- Dead Ever After / Charlaine Harris
I'm going to guess Charlaine Harris might be the biggest stretch, but it's really about time to finish the series, so it might be my excuse anyway! (Though it's Cabinet of Curiosities that I'm hoping to read for another challenge, so as long as it comes it at my library... I'm on hold for it... that's the one I really want to get to most.)
I also realized that, if I'm lucky, my hold on Doctor Sleep by Stephen King should come in this month... I think! So, hopefully I'll get to that one, as well. Would be nice to be reading it right around Halloween!
But, one often doesn't know until one starts the book if that will be the case or not, so it's tougher (for me) to pick up the book to begin with - unless I got it from the library without realizing! If I've done that, I usually am planning to read it for some particular challenge, and I rarely take a book back to the library without reading it first!
I've been really bad about getting my October read(s) started--Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror edited by Paul M. Sammon and/or Off Season by Jack Ketchum. With just a couple weeks left, I doubt I'll get either one finished. But I did start a manga novelization of One Missed Call 1 + 2 by Mayumi Shihou. I may have watched the American remake of it, so I vaguely remember what it was about. However, the manga version is so hard to follow, not to mention all the female characters look alike with the same haircuts; it's not one I'd recommend. I'll still finish volume 2, but I'm no rush to watch the movie now.
>12 sturlington: You put aside The Historian? Good for you! I read it and it was dull, dull, dull. Not nearly well enough written to be that long.
>24 LibraryCin: Best of luck finishing both books. :) I know how that goes, juggling a couple books at once. But I'm sure you'll get through them.
>25 .Monkey.: Congrats on finishing! :) And again, good luck finishing Headhunter. Eerily enough, I just started Header (similar-sounding title) by Edward Lee yesterday? The day before? *shrugs* Days are starting to blur together. But it's a novella (around 100 pages), so at least I'm certain I'll finish it before Halloween.
Btw, I finished One Missed Call 1 +2 by Mayumi Shihou
>26 Moomin_Mama: Sometimes it would be nice to pause time for a bit to catch up on books, wouldn't it? ;) Whichever one you go with, I'm sure it'll be good. Those are some nice choices!
>28 luvamystery65: Holy crap that's a long title! :D Agreed: nothing's creepier than nonfiction or true crime.
I just finished Header by Edward Lee tonight and loved it. (Should I be saying that, considering it's splatterpunk?) Anyway, it's been a long time since I've read anything by him, so this was a nice novella to try. The nasty images and redneck dialect will certainly stay with you. o.o I even went ahead and ordered the movie and I might try the book sequel. We'll see.
The beginning was a little harder to get into, there's a lot of characters in these books, it's a whole squad of investigators in the RCMP so, it makes sense there's a decent handful, and that they need to be introduced in the first book, but eesh it was a lot to take in and keep straight, lol. But after finally getting familiar with everyone, it was a great read. Kept guessing the whole time, lots of these scenes from the past that tie things to the present so that in the end you're left with the fairly complete backstory but done without giving away who it's about, and rating from 1-10 of how hard was it to put down I'd probably give it 7.5-8.
Of course, now I want to go reading all the rest of the series, hahaha.
I finished another horror-type art book, but it doesn't really fit into this category of slasher/thrillers: Night Song: Vampire Women of the Crimson Eternal edited by Sal Quartuccio. It was super short (which was a plus and a minus); some of the illustrations were beautiful, while others were only so-so; it was more erotic-oriented than vampiric horror (again, a plus and minus). Recommended if you like mostly female vampire artwork.
Danny Torrence (the little boy in The Shining) is all grown up now. He still has a bit of that “shining” in him he had when he was a child, but it's not quite as strong. When Abra gets in touch with him via his mind/the shining when she's just a baby, little does he realize how dangerous this will be for them once she's a teenager.
Another really good book from King. The point of view changed between Dan, Abra and the “bad guys”. I didn't find the “bad guys” POV as interesting, but I did enjoy reading about Dan and learning about Abra and how strong her shining was and what she was able to do with it. I also liked that SK mentioned a character from one of his son, Joe Hill's, books. Not sure it's in the plans, but now I'm interested in Abra when she's all grown up!
I hadn't thought of it, as I read it, but I looked at other reviews after I wrote mine and one person mentioned that DS could be read without having read The Shining first, and I'd agree. So if you were so inclined you could just read DS. (Of course, The Shining is really good, as well...)
It would be interesting to have a third installment focusing on Abra.
>37 LibraryCin: That is seriously good timing! :D
>38 .Monkey.: I know how that goes with reading books in sequential order! :D That would drive me nuts, too, missing a book you know you have. I hope you or your mom are able to find that one. And happy hunting for the rest as well. As you said, the series may not be over. :)
>39 sturlington: & >45 LibraryCin: Thanks for the input, you two. :) I might read them in order then.
>40 Moomin_Mama: Bummer about the book, but kudos for finishing it! :)
>42 majkia: Good job! Two books? I'm impressed, especially the size of those. :) Do the Pendergast have to be read in order?
>43 .Monkey.: Ha! I'm in the same boat.
>44 majkia: Oops, I think that kind of answered my question above. :)
>48 Moomin_Mama: Oh, I'm sure you'll be able to finish it. You're a quick reader! Ah, lovely. Sacrifice victims in bogs. ;)
On the upside, the plot was interesting, as was the idea, and it was full of Celtic lore. Then again, it just wasn't scary.
2-3 stars (still mulling it over).
Joking aside, in The Man in the Moss, Our Sheila is above the church entrance, and one of the characters thinks of entering the church as like going back into the womb. I thought there was something lovely about that idea; it elevates Sheila to more than just your typical fertility symbol.
*ETA: Oh, I just found a gingerbread Sheila na gig. Maybe that is the one you saw?
I can't imagine a Sheila statue above a church entrance, fiction or not. (Was it a real church?) I guess that goes to show what a conservative, anti-female religious upbringing I had. :) But going back to something safe and warm does sound lovely, though I tend to think of caves or my bed covers when I want that "womb" feeling.
No, I didn't see that gingerbread Sheila, but looks like someone had the same idea as me! It must be my weird imagination...