It’s October…Do You Have Your Halloween Books? Here Are Ten Not to Miss!
The Small Hand: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. For those of you familiar with Hill’s frightening novel The Woman in Black, as well as the 1989 film of the same name, a new ghost story from her is cause for rejoicing, and The Small Hand does not disappoint. Book antiquarian dealer Adam Snow stumbles across the seemingly abandoned White House on his way to meet a client, and while there exploring the once-famous but now ruined gardens, he feels a small ghostly hand take his. Excellent for a cold and windy autumn evening (the book is only 167 pages) so curl up with your Earl Grey and some gingerbread cookies, and be sure to draw the curtains.
3 1/2 out of 5
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish. Unfortunately, this giant gem of a book from Cemetery Dance is out-of-print, but you can score a used copy on Amazon (just click the highlighted title). Chock full of tales of Halloween by some of the Big Boys and Girls of Horror (Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccirilli, Thomas Ligotti, Caítlin Kiernan, Poppy Z. Brite, Tim Lebbon, Charles L. Grant, Simon Clark, Gary A. Braunbeck, Michael Marshall Smith and more) as well as Halloween memories from many of those same authors, this is a book that every Halloween fan(atic) should have in their library.
4 1/2 out of 5
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry must never sleep as he seems to have a new book out every month. Rot & Ruin is being marketed as a Young Adult novel, but don’t let that fool you. The protagonist may be a young man, but the plot is anything BUT a kids’ story. Bennie lives in a world taken over by zombies, a world called the rot & ruin, and at the age of 15 he is expected to work or lose his food rations. Not thrilled with joining his older brother, Tim, in the family business of zombie killing, he nonetheless enters a world where he discovers what it means to be human as well as discovering that the real monsters may not be the zombies after all. Excellent.
4 out of 5