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Discussion Question + Happy Halloween!


I was getting ready for a murder mystery costume party last night, and my boyfriend snapped this picture. 
If looks could kill...but alas, I was not the killer.

Anyway.  So it's Halloween!  Later today I'm going to dress up like a pirate and run around San Jose like the swashbuckler that I am, but it's still pretty freakin' early so I'm thinking about books.  Specifically, scary books.  Creepy books.  Weird books.  Books worthy of mention on Halloween.

What's the creepiest and/or scariest book you've ever read?
Scary is hard.  I really don't read a lot of frightening books.  I did read It by Stephen King, and parts of that were decently scary, but the end of It was so ridiculous and lame that it killed the rest of the book for me.
Now, I'm more likely to get the heebie jeebies reading about ghosts when I'm alone in my house.  Then I just get freaked out irrationally, and stay that way until someone comes home.

What's the most 'Halloween' book you've ever read?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  It's set in a graveyard, and has vampires, ghosts and other supernatural creatures, but they're friendly.  If you said to Silas "Trick or treat!" he would probably give you some candy.  Or some fast food.  Or something.  It's got the scary man Jack looming in the background, like that ever present threat of razorblades in your candy or poison in homemade cookies.
Plus, dude, it's just a freakin' awesome book.  Go pull your copy off the shelf and read it today.  If you don't have it, go buy it. 

Now it's your turn to answer one or both of the questions.  Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!


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Oct. 31st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
1. "The Exorcist", by William Peter Blatty. I read it when I was 13 years old, and it scared me so badly that I hid the book in the back of a closet, so that my younger brother would not find it. He was prone to nightmares, and I thought the book would give him such terrible nightmares that it would kill him.

2. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving. It's a classic of the genre, and there was a film version of it that was shown around Halloween when I was a kid, so I always associate it with Halloween.

Edited at 2010-10-31 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Scariest book? I tend to avoid scary books. While reading Under the Dome by Stephen King I was mildly freaked out, and had weird dreams afterwards. But, like your experience with It, the ending was poo and ruined the rest of the book for me.

My most halloweeny book was likely The Graveyard Book also. I do love those Scary Stories series made for YA (black and red cover, have a bunch of scary urban legends) as we always read those for halloween in grade school.
Nov. 1st, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I read a lot of horror novels when I was younger. The one I remember that kept me awake for a bit was "Amityville Horror". It was taking every day people and having things get creeper as it went a long made it a little more believable to me.

"The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury. While Neil Gaiman has become popular now, for decades it was Mr. Bradbury who's signings every year on Halloween really represent Halloween lore and literature to me.
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