It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books? Here Are Ten Not to Miss!
Finally, after a summer from hell (for most of the US anyway), there is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors and Halloween, our favorite holiday, is almost here. So, in the spirit of the season, here are some new Halloween titles (as well as a couple of classics) you might want to pick up at your local bookstore.
How to Be a Zombie: The Essential Guide for Anyone Who Craves Brains by Serena Valentino. From the author of the Nightmares & Dreamscapes series of graphic novels, including 1140 Rue Royale, comes this hilarious and colorful book on how to become a zombie. With chapters ranging from "What Is Your Zombie Archetype?" and "Living with Humans" to "Zombie Fashion" and "Essential Zombie Films", this little (144 pages) book would make an excellent prize at your Halloween party. Or an unexpected stocking stuffer at Christmas.
4 out of 5
Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott and Kim Newman. This is an amazing book which covers the horror film from its inception back in 1891 (or thereabouts) to the present day. Marriott and Newman cover films decade by decade and include special features on horror television, influential horror literature and horror comics. And as if that weren’t enough, they also go in-depth on such sub-genres as giallo, ghosts, zombies, cannibalism, H.P. Lovecraft and more. The last film covered is 2009’s Drag Me to Hell so it’s a pretty up-to-date book and just the inclusion of Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Herbert Wise’s The Woman in Black and John Hancock’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death was enough to warm the cockles of my cold, black heart.
4 1/2 out of 5
Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever Made by Joe Kane. Just when you think you’ve read everything there is about NOTLD, along comes this fascinating book, which goes behind the scenes on the “notorious” film with fascinating insight as to how it was put together and shot along with details about the, at the time, horrific SFX. There are also interviews with the surviving cast and crew as well as how NOTLD influenced most of today’s horror directors. Included are 16 pages of some never-before-seen photos from the shoot as well as the original screenplay by John Russo. Author Kane also has a “Where are they now?” section as well as his “Z-wards” for the best in zombie cinema: everything from Best Zombie Movie to Best Zombie Quote to Best Living Dead (why not “zombie”?) Pet and a list of all films about the “Living Dead” (Romero’s films as well as spoofs, documentaries and more). A must-have for all horror fans. For even more info, check out Scott Johnson's expanded Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever Made review.
4 1/2 out of 5