Posted by Dana on 10.12.2010 at 5:00 pm
The notes from the publisher don’t get to the cold, dead heart of this one, kids… it’s vampires… and they’re thirsty.
THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin
From the Publisher:
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear–of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. Read more…
Posted by Dana on 10.11.2010 at 10:28 am
Be warned… today’s pick is graphic… and by that I mean illustrated. It’s updated classic – or old school modern – or something like that!
THE COMPLETE DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Colton Worley and Leah Moore
From the Publisher:
Dynamite presents an unprecedented comic book series that tells the complete story of the Lord of the Undead – Dracula. For the first time in 112 years the tale that Bram Stoker intended to tell is told (including “Dracula’s Guest”). If you thought you knew how it began or how it ends, you were wrong. Writers John Reppion and Leah Moore are joined by painter Colton Worley for an odyssey of life, death, and the blood that flows within us all. Boasting a cover by modern master John Cassaday, Moore and Reppion also provide bonus material such as script pages, annotations, and samplings of the original text by Bram Stoker.
Posted by Dana on 10.10.2010 at 1:37 pm
We’re going classic monster today with a deluxe edition of FRANKENSTEIN. This one speaks for itself. Or it’s monster speaks for it… or something…
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
From the Publisher:
A deluxe edition of Mary Shelley’s haunting adventure about ambition and modernity run amok. Now a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with an introduction by Elizabeth Kostova and cover art by “Ghost World” creator Daniel Clowes, Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.
Posted by Dana on 10.09.2010 at 12:20 pm
“First put the mask on yourself and then take care of those around you”. Okay, so now the adults are breathing easy… plenty of spooky books to choose from… time to take care of the little ones. Today’s spooky book is for the kiddies and it’s got lots of spookiness to choose from:
IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Eve Bunting
From Publishers Weekly:
Four sneakered feet, two large and two small, tiptoe through a house chock-full of otherworldly creatures–a vampire, ghosts and a mummy, among others–in Bunting’s second Halloween excursion. Like her Scary, Scary Halloween (which was illustrated by Jan Brett), this book features comically creepy rhymes (“Who’s in the closet, dark as a tomb / Rattling his bones in the gloom-gloomy-gloom?”), a small, built-in mystery (how can such a haunted house be real ?) and a cheery surprise at the end (the owner of the big feet has been more frightened by the weird goings-on than has his little partner). Meddaugh’s illustrations strike a nice balance between scary and silly, and include lots of rewards for observant readers: parents and art-wise children may note a homage to Picasso on one page. All in all, this winning addition to the Halloween bookshelf is sure to prompt as many giggles and shivers as the holiday itself. Ages 3-6.
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Posted by Dana on 10.08.2010 at 11:49 am
I could’ve waited for the next full moon to bring werewolves to the mix, but that’s not until October 22nd and I didn’t want to wait. Enjoy today’s howlin’ good selection:
THE WEREWOLF’S GUIDE TO LIFE by Ritch Duncan & Bob Powers
Have you been attacked by a wolf-like creature in the last 30 days? Was it after the sun had set and under a full moon? If you answered, “yes” to both these questions, there’s a very good chance that you were bitten by a werewolf. You now have less than a month before the full moon returns and with it your first transformation into a savage, bloodthirsty beast.
Survival is an option, but first, know this:
- Werewolves are real.
- The majority of lycanthropes who do not have access to this book die during or shortly after their first transformations, generally due to heart failure, gunshot wounds, exposure, drowning or suicide.
- Hollywood horror movies are NOT to be used as guides to living as a werewolf. Their goal is not to educate, but to entertain. As a result, they are largely ignorant of the realities of the condition.
- Ignorance creates monsters; lycanthropy does not.
- You are not a monster.
“The Werewolf’s Guide to Life” cuts through the fiction and guides you through your first transformation and beyond, offering indispensable advice on how to tell if you’re really a werewolf, post-attack etiquette, breaking the news to your spouse, avoiding government abduction, and how to not just survive, but thrive. You cannot afford to “not “read this book. Your very life depends on it.
Posted by Dana on 10.07.2010 at 11:32 am
Yesterday the son, today the father. Yes, in case you weren’t aware the author of yesterday’s Spooky Book of the Day, Joe Hill, is the son of prolific horror writer Stephen King. And what list of spooky books would be complete without Stephen King making an appearance (or two)? I chose BAG OF BONES for it’s classic ghost story nature – but really almost any Stephen King title would fit the bill.
From the publisher:
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is unable to write and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs. Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway and finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a vindictive millionaire, Max Devore, who is trying to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie’s struggle — and begins to fall in love with her — he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What do the forces that have been unleashed here want of Mike Noonan?
Posted by Dana on 10.06.2010 at 2:51 pm
I’m coming back to ghosts again today admittedly before I get to some of the other creepy creatures out there… but with good reason. Today’s selection is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. I admit I don’t read a lot of horror. But I promise you… this one will really scare you silly.
HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill
From the publisher:
Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals…a used hangman’s noose…a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box…a musty dead man’s suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there–watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.
Posted by Dana on 10.05.2010 at 1:25 pm
Are you amazed that it took me 5 days to get to zombies? I kind of am too. I mean seriously… what could be spookier than your late Uncle Roger roaming the earth very, very slowly?
THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE by Max Brooks
From the publisher:
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack
1. Organize before they rise
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
Posted by Dana on 10.04.2010 at 4:21 pm
There are certain resources everyone should have at home for reference – you know, when the power is out and you can’t access Google. Let’s say for example… a medical dictionary or a how to survive without the internet book, that kind of thing. And of course everyone should have a copy of today’s Spooky Book of the Day on hand… just in case.
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DEMONS OF & DEMONOLOGY by Rosemary Ellen Guiley and John Zaffis
From the publisher:
“The truth about demons and demonology–in more than 400 entries.The conflict between good and evil can be found in every culture, mythical tradition, and religion throughout history. In many cases, the source of evil has been personified as demons or devils, and in many belief systems, both are considered to be real entities operating outside the boundaries of the physical world to torment people or lead them astray. In some traditions demons are believed to be the direct opposite of angels, working against the forces of good and challenging them. Real or not, demons are at the heart of many fascinating beliefs and traditions, several of which are widely held today.”
Posted by Dana on 10.03.2010 at 3:47 pm
Ghosts are not only spooky, but they are undoubtedly one of the easiest Halloween costumes out there. In honor of that simple fact, today’s Spooky Book of the day is a new ghost story to creep you out:
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville
From Publishers Weekly:
“[A] stunning debut. . . . This is not only an action-packed, visceral thriller but also an insightful insider’s glimpse into the complex political machinations and networks that maintain the uneasy truce in Northern Ireland.”
From the Publisher:
“Peace has come to Northern Ireland, but IRA hit man Gerry Fegan is haunted day and night by twelve ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, and eight more of his victims. To appease them, he’ll have to kill his former bosses.”
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