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This whole line of comics from Joe Hill is perfect for anyone who loves classic horror, and The Plunge is probably my favorite of the batch. Wonderfully illustrated by Stuart Immonen, this one-off graphic novel features all the best parts of Lovecraftian horror, without all the problematic elements!
What are the holidays but a time for spooks? A Christmas Carol came out of the English tradition of ghost stories at Christmas, and I for one think we should bring that back. Fangs might not raise the hairs on your neck, but this endearing story about the love between a vampire and a werewolf will warm your heart.
These stories are the epitome of Halloween and are enjoyable for all ages. They are sure to have you both sleeping with one eye open and laughing. In this collection, you will find stories that range from classic to creepy to comical, but don’t be fooled, these stories will stick with you forever.
In this novel, seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite embarks on her first semester of college. She is an interesting character with a lot of demons that may or may not be figurative, she doesn’t quite know either. Littered with existential spiels and a constant feeling of unease, Shirley Jackson perfectly executed the hard to swallow truth that sometimes the scariest place is simply one’s mind.
Stephen Graham Jones draws on Blackfeet culture (and the myriad ways in which indigenous culture exists in the modern United States) to create a masterful horror novel about guilt, grief, and revenge. These characters are haunted, both figuratively and literally, by both tradition and the ways they've broken from it. And the prose is just gorgeous (and gory--this is the most beautiful book I've ever read that also made me cringe, set it aside, and sleep with the lights on. I'm wary around motorcycles now!).
Halloween might be over, but there’s no reason the fixation on spectacular and scary needs to end. Locke and Key is a supernatural drama that blends the generational mythology of Harry Potter with the jarring otherworldly dread of Twin Peaks. Most of all it is a saga of family, expertly unpacking the consequences of past mistakes and the urgency to grow past what may haunt you. The story of the Locke siblings isn’t one you will be able to shake, nor will you want to; it’s the perfect tale for an overcast fall in New England!
After a series of bad decisions, including fighting a group of off-duty cops, lands Pepper in a mental institution, he soon finds there are worst things stalking the halls than the power-drunk doctors. In another stunning novel by Victor Lavalle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is re-imagined as a parable on white saviorism and effective ally-ship. With a buffalo monster.
It’s October, month of Halloween and ghost stories. Curl up with the original Ghost Story and prepare for some serious haunting.
In Broken Monsters, Beukes is both brutal and delicate, grotesques and subtle, fantastical and realistic, stretching, twisting, and distorting expected genres into something new and thrilling. It’s no wonder she has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and James Ellroy. Broken Monsters has raised the bar for contemporary horror.