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Top Ten Hidden Gems of Horror:
I love horror, because underneath my Pollyanna persona lurks a darkly delightful demented heart.
- The Cold One- a grown up Christopher Pike novel! Read it!
- The Girl From the Well- I love this book so much, and it has a sequel.
- Help for the Haunted- my friend Pam at Midnyte Reader recommended this one to me, and it’s wonderfully unsettling.
- The Ring- did you know the movie is based on a book series? Well, it is! Books 2 and 3 go a little off the rails, but the first book is creepier than the movie.
- Hex- Blair Witch meets Cabin in the Woods meets the Lottery. Small town witch ghost, ya’ll.
- Slice of Cherry- this is part of a series (or same universe/connected books), about 2 sisters of a serial killer living in a super crazy magical town and it’s completely messed up- even by my standards.
- 20th Century Ghosts- Hill is the son of Stephen King, and while his novels seem to be popular, this collection of short stories was his first offering and it’s fantastic. Not enough people have read it, so lets change that!
- Slasher Girls & Monster Boys- normally I have trouble with anthologies, because they can be wildly uneven, but I really liked and loved all of the stories in this collection, plus it’s creepy as hell.
- Welcome to Dark House- love this one, plan on reading the sequel in the next 2 months!
- The Bad Seed- an older book, but totally scary. What happens if you begin to suspect your child is a monster? The 1950’s movie changed the ending from the book because the audience just couldn’t handle it.
So much so that starting Friday, I’ll be hosting a 2 month long celebration of the books that thrill and chill, both here on the blog and on Litsy. I’ll be using the hashtags #BloggersDressedInBlood and #LittensDressedInBlood for those of you who are interested… although you don’t have to be a horror lover, as I’ll also be including mysteries, thrillers, and books that chase the ghosts away. At the end of October, I’ll be giving away a signed, doodled copy of All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater to one lucky participant (open to international peeps too). There’ll be a master linky to add your own reviews and posts, but comments/tweets/social media posts will count as participation too. I just love the Fall, and am so ready for the books that read a little better when the air turns cooler, the leaves start to fall, and the nights come a little earlier.