- if you're looking for a ghost story treasury to read, possibly one for a 8 years or up child also, this one sounds so good that I might get it for our spooky night stories: from Bookslut: Stories to Tell in the Dark post.
- I was looking for a listing of the Byrant and May mystery series to make sure I had bought the right one next in line, and came across Christopher Fowler's wonderful blog. Filled with writing tips, publishing stories, all kinds of cool things, including this wonderful photograph that is just a little bizarre and oh so cool and very in keeping with RIP themes.. Very Dickensian too, and now I'm longing to go see London again.
When did it become a stigma to read?
Yesterday, Chris at Book-a-rama had this lovely
If you're still looking for some horror books to read for Carl's RIP V challenge, then here is a top 10 list from Charlie Higson over at Guardian Unlimited. I agree with some of his choices, and I think I'm one of the few people to have read Daphne Du Maurier's Don't Look Now, as well as seen the movie, and they both scare me very much. I would have put The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill on the list. So.......this made me think: what are my current top 10 of horror books?
Susan's Top 10
1. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - my all time personal favourite ghost story. Whatever walks at Hill House, walks alone. Just writing those words makes goosebumps appear on me.
2. The Shining - Stephen King - I still hold this up as the best of his, although Duma Key is a very close second. I might have to read them both again and compare........
3. The Terror - Dan Simmons - my book of the year two years ago. Scared me, and still does.
4. The Night Country - Stewart O'Nan - haunting and sad and beautiful.
5. Tamsin - Peter S. Beagle - my favourite ghost story featuring a ghost cat and ghost girl.
6. The Prayer of the Night Shepherd - Phil Rickman (I swear, there are a couple of scenes in this book where I could feel the hair lifting on the back of my neck). The scariest, so far, for me, in the series, just because that sense of the ghost was so authentic, and frightening for Merrily and for me. Every book has eerie moments though, and is filled with a delicious sense of haunting and atmoshere. Plus there is the ghost of Lucy.
7. Swan Song - Robert R McCammon - still the best of the end of the world books, with evil stalking a lovely little girl, and the heroes who stand guard over her. Due for a re-read
8. The Bone Doll's Twin series - Lyn Flewelling - it's not often a fantasy series uses a ghost so believably, and to such good purpose. Very dark fantasy and very very good.
9. The Uncanny - Andrew Klavan - gothic ghost horror story that is very good.
10. The Harrowing - Alexandra Sokoloff - classic ghost story setting: five young people, alone for the holidays in a university campus, and an ouija board. What could go wrong?
I can't remember if Swan Song has a ghost or not, though it's still one of the scariest books because it's so real, so possible, and the evil - yes, I dare you to read it, dear Gentle Reader, and tell me if you don't have a nightmare or two.
So, have you read any of these? Do you agree with my list? Do you have your own list?