By Michael Aaron Coopersmith | firstname.lastname@example.org
Halloween is in the rear-view, but some may want to continue the great scares and horrors of the holiday. If that is you, then these books may be just what you need.
1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
One could say that horror is a bit of a “Boys Club.” With Jason and Freddy hogging up the lime-light, one might grow tired of these male-centric horror stories.
If you want a breath of fresh air, I recommend this horror anthology. Each tale within this book stars a woman and revolves around the many horrors of being a woman. But it’ll strike a chord with the reader regardless of gender.
2. Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke
African American horror movies, such as Get Out and Us, have started to make their way into the mainstream and the horror zeitgeist.
Let’s Play White is an anthology; so, the range of its messages expands with each story you read. From a girl that can see ghosts, to a woman clinging in fear, to a purse with the remains of a baby, each story can send a shiver down your spine.
3. Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
This book is the first volume in a horror comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriquez.
This story entails a family that moved to a small town called Lovecraft in Massachusetts. The reason they moved involves them trying to start a new life after dealing with a traumatic home invasion that led to the death of their father.
Throughout this book, one can see how each character deals with trauma. In the family’s new home, a supernatural power grows and begins to plot against them.
If you like the feeling of tension increasing with every page’s turn and character-driven story arches all wrapped up in comic book structure, then you should pick up the first volume of Locke and Key.
4. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
This book is regarded as the original gothic novel. Since it was published in 1764, it has a leg up on the well-known Edgar Allen Poe.
This book would even begin the literary movement known as British Gothic.
This story takes place at a crumbing castle (representing illegitimacy with the crown) filled with haunting ghosts and a mad king chasing a princess around. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger aids her in her escape but eventually finds out a secret that would change everything.
Give this a look if you’re in the mood for a classic gothic tale that started it all.
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
For my last pick, I find that this story doesn’t get enough credit during October.
Within the story, the world has engulfed in an environmental disaster that leaves father and son with little options other than travel south across the North American continent.
This book is a gritty tale of a father trying to raise his son in a world that grows harsher every day. They must survive in a world that is violently foreign to both of them.
It’s a depressing read, but if you’re willing, give it a look.
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