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Here is a LibraryThing list I started a while back of Recommended Horror and Dark Fiction by Women. Besides Ms. Jackson, some recommended authors from this list include:
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, naturally
Joyce Carol Oates
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Daphne du Maurier
Or check the list I linked to for more title suggestions. I think there are a lot of great authors to select from for next month. I plan to read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn and possibly also The Bird's Nest by Ms. Jackson, as I am working my way through all her novels. What are you thinking of reading?
ETA: Told you I would change my mind!
I'm going to listen to We Have Always Lived in the Castle and save the Oyeyemi for Diversity month.
Bloody Bones / Laurell K. Hamilton
Blood Bound / Patricia Briggs
The Winter People / Jennifer McMahon
Just to see, I might have to check which Du Maurier book I have on the tbr, as well.
There's also Chelsea Cain, though she'd be a good pick for next month as hers (at least the ones I know of, she may have written others not in the series in the past several years) feature a (female!) serial killer. Lisa Gardner also writes serial killer novels, so is another good choice for either month.
I haven't decided yet what I'll read, but your list and the suggestions so far are a great help. Thanks, everyone! :)
>2 luvamystery65: LOL @ Told you I would change my mind!
There's nothing wrong with that. You can always still change it again. It's still February after all. ;)
>3 LibraryCin: & >4 LibraryCin: You have some good ones lined up. And I have Bloody Bones in my TBR pile as well. :D I don't know if I'll chose that one for my March read, but I hope to read it before the pages disintegrate.
>5 .Monkey.: Oh, House Next Door is one I've been looking for for awhile now. If you read it, I'd be all ears to what you think of it. :)
I read A Long Fatal Love Chase many, many years ago, but I still remember liking it. It's a super fast read and a very unusual book for Louisa May Alcott.
Oh, yes! Chelsea Cain is excellent! You just gave me a great idea of what to read for our serial killer month. Thank you! :)
>10 .Monkey.: Oh, really? I didn't know that. Or maybe I did, but I've forgotten since then. All I think of when I see her name is Little Women, etc. I'll keep my eyes out for her short stories. Thanks! :)
I think I found a short enough book for March: The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill. I'll probably start it tomorrow, even though it's sitting right here next to my laptop.
>13 JuliusC: Those look interesting, especially Sleep, Pale Sister and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Good luck with all three! :)
>17 JuliusC: Oh, yeah, I've heard good things about Pure, and I just love the covers for that series.
Same here with TBRs. :) Good luck! At least March is a couple days longer than Feb.
I am now listening to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by Dan Stevens. This is a reread for me but I've been wanting to listen to it. It's one of those stories that is meant to be read aloud.
So, I want to dabble in this area and try We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I'm also interested in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Would that particular book fit this category?
>21 gaylebutz: Welcome! :) Yeah, I think there's some variety to the monthly challenges, so it might appeal to everyone, mystery readers and everyone in-between. Best of luck with We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Gone Girl!
Philip was raised by his bachelor cousin Ambrose. Philip is now 24 and plans to remain a bachelor himself. When Ambrose heads to Italy for a trip, Philip is surprised to learn that Ambrose has fallen in love and will get married while there. Philip never sees Ambrose again, as only a few months later, Ambrose dies unexpectedly. When Ambrose's new wife, Rachel, shows up in England, Philip is surprisingly drawn to her.
It was not fast-paced. The story was fine, once I got “into” it and figured out who was who and how they were related. There wasn't as much mystery to it as I was expecting. I have to admit I kept waiting for something to happen, but really... not much did. As I write my review, I'm surprised I'm rating it “good” and not “ok”, but unless I'm undecided on how I'll rate it as I read, I tend to stick with my thoughts while I was reading, so 3.5 stars (good), it is!
Mary Katherine and Constance are two young adult sisters living in a big old house with their elderly uncle, who is unwell. Mary Katherine is concerned about being safe and being afraid of strangers or the others. Constance is afraid of going out of the house. When cousin Charles comes to visit, tensions run high.
The strange behavior and conversations that the sisters have and their fears kept me interested and curious about what was going on, was it real or in their mind. The ending was a bit of a disappointment as there wasn't much explanation about why they were the way they were.
I guess this isn't really my kind of book because I do want more information about their problems and situation. I did like that there wasn't any graphic violence. I'm glad I read it to see what a classic horror story is like.
>27 gaylebutz: Great review; and I'm glad it fit your reading taste. :) That's one I've heard a lot of good things about but have never read.
This wasn't my March pick (The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill is; I'm still working on it), but I finished The Grownup by Gillian Flynn today; the audiobook version of it, just to make it more convenient for me. (I listened to it at work.) This is my first Gillian Flynn book (well, novella), and I just loved it. The beginning actually made me laugh re: the main character admitting she got carpal tunnel from giving thousands of handjobs as a sex worker. Immature, gross, I know, but I actually liked the story, even though I had coworkers who said they didn't. Anyway, even though it's tagged "suspense" and "thriller," I figured it was psychologically dark enough to merit a horror read. Recommended.
I read this when I was sick in bed with a cold and even though I kept falling asleep because I was sick I picked it up again as soon as I woke up. I would have finished it in a lot less time if I had not been ill. Even so, reading a book like this usually would take me longer than 3 days.
Written in 1936 it is considered a more modern horror story with gothic horror tendencies and, of course, some romance.
Having barely made it through the classic gothic romance,The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, which was probably my worst reading experience EVER, I was a little worried about Jamaica Inn. When I heard gothic horror / gothic romance I was not sure what to expect. Udolpho was so tedious. I abandoned it several times as I couldn't stand another minute of reading pages and pages about nothing and more nothing.
But I was pleasantly surprised with Jamaica Inn. What a difference reading du Maurier’s descriptive passages about the Moors of Cornwall. I loved it! I could not get enough of it. The writing was not exactly scary but, rather, suspenseful. The twist in the story I picked up on before we got to it, but that didn’t change my appreciation for the story. But you know, the story was secondary, it was the beautiful writing that got me in this one.
I will definitely read more by this author. I have 5 others on my bookshelves.
Nick and Amy start off with a great relationship. But after marriage, they slowly discover each other's flaws and things start going downhill. Amy eventually starts fearing for her life, according to her diary, and then she goes missing.
The first half of the book developed the relationship between Nick and Amy showing generally likable people if somewhat immature or inconsiderate at times.The second half had a lot of surprises and interesting things that happened. I didn't like the ending but I did think it fit what the story was about. Overall, I thought it was good, not great.
Based on the ending, I can see why this was considered horror because it was in the end.
>28 saraslibrary: You said that in the beginning The Grownup mad you laugh. I also found in some parts of Gone Girl I was chuckling, although most of it was suspenseful. I have some mixed feelings about Gillian Flynn, kind of like your co-workers, but I would probably try another one of hers sometime.
The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff was okay. Not exactly scary, it took too long to get to the haunted house and steered too close to romance for my tastes. Primarily interesting to me because it's set near where I live in Durham NC.
The Cipher by Kathe Koja was a lot better written, very dark and very weird, although I felt it really should have been shorter.
Vampire hunter and raiser of zombies, Anita Blake, has been called on to raise hundreds of bodies from a cemetery where the bones have all been mixed together. She's not sure if she'll be able to do it, but she'll try. In the meantime, a few teenagers have been murdered and it appears to have been something supernatural. Anita wants to try to help with the investigation.
I really enjoy these audios. They include some sound effects at certain points and it really works for me. I also really liked this particular story, but I just don't get the appeal of Jean-Claude. I really don't!
>34 gaylebutz: That's good to know about Gone Girl. :) I definitely want to try more of her books. And, of course, when I find the time, watch the movies too.
>37 sturlington: I agree with that about Kathe Koja's work: very weird and could be shorter.
>38 LibraryCin: Sounds effects? Nice. :) I don't listen to audiobooks very often, but that sounds like fun.
>41 .Monkey.: No worries. :) I'm kind of being slow, too.
I finished Stolen by Kelley Armstrong, the second in her Women of the Otherworld series. The story seemed similar to her YA Darkest Powers series, featuring a vast array of supernatural beings: werewolves, witches, vampires, demons and more. It was good fun, and coincidentally, Kelley Armstrong is writer-in-residence at one of our local libraries for the next few months.