Spooky Books for Every Reader

It’s October, the best time to read all manner of scary, chilling, horror-inducing tales.  Many readers avoid horror, believing it is all gore, but is a surprisingly varied genre with titles ranging from unsettling to funny to downright terrifying.  Here are some outstanding examples:

The Elementals by Michael McDowell.

Originally written in the 1980’s, this gripping, terrifying Gothic horror writing at its best. It’s a terror that occupies their family home and has haunted two brothers for years.  It may be poised to strike again.  Set in Deep South Alabama, this anticipatory, sultry and alluring tale keeps you on the edge of your seat whilst also speculating about just what strange events are afoot in this coastal Victorian house.  This book certainly falls into the category of a lost classic.

The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker

For any lover of H.P. Lovecraft this is a must read. Set in 1930’s Providence, R.I.  there is something amiss in the dark and musty house that Arthor Crandle has come to occupy.  “Ech-Pi,” his employer, is never seen and the only way they communicate are via letters left on a table outside the employer’s door.  “Ech-Pi” is also the author of strange tales that Arthor has been retained to transcribe.  Although he can see light seeping from under this mysterious “Ech-Pi’s” door Arthor never sees it from outside the house. Something feels creepy, wrong.  What presence lurks that cannot be seen?

Monster Portraits by Sofia Samatar and Del Samatar

This story narrated and illustrated by a sister and brother team is a novel look at monsters through brilliant prose and evocative drawings. Part fiction, part fact, part poetry, part myth this little gem invites the reader to explore the nature of monsters, monstrosity, monster-ness.  It explores our relationship with that otherness, that which we cannot explain and, therefore, label monster.

Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker

A macabre, gruesome yet hilarious tale told by a demon himself, Jakabok, whose harrowing story begins in the 1400’s when he’s torn from hell by medieval priests. As the centuries proceed, Jakabok experiences harrowing adventures that lead to the ultimate culmination…a final battle.  Henceforth, whacky high jinks ensue!  It explores the very nature of Good versus Evil from a demon’s perspective and his relationship with humanity.  There are various twists and turns to this delightful story as the demon implores the reader to “burn this book!”  In time, you, dear reader, will discover why.

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite

Meet English killer Andrew Compton, who considers murder an art. Encounter Jay Byrne, who takes the art of murder in new directions previously unexplored.  See what transpires when Andrew and Jay seduce Tran, the young Vietnamese American who is their perfect victim.  Dark, disgusting, gruesome and violent…this book is not for the faint of heart or anyone of delicate sensibilities.  If you want to enter into the mind of a serial killer (or two) and traverse the visceral landscape of the foulest parts of human depravity this book will take you there.

~ Posted by Tricia R.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors

Hispanic Heritage month, running from September 15 to October 15, is an annual celebration of the rich cultures and traditions of people living in the United States who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  There has been a very welcome increase in books written by and for the Latinx community in the past several years, which is helping to fill a long-standing publishing gap.  Here are a few of our recent favorites:

In Dreamers author Yuyi Morales recounts her experience moving from Mexico to the United States with her young son.  It was on one hand a typical journey as they navigate a new city and learn English, but unusual in that Morales gives equal attention to how being bilingual also shaped and enhanced their creative journey.  Mexican motifs and Spanish words are integrated into the inviting pages of this inspirational story.  For ages 4-8. Continue reading “Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Books for Children and Teens by Latinx Authors”

Audiobook Narrator Spotlight: Robin Miles

Actor, audiobook director and performer Robin Miles has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Miles has the ability to convincingly recreate a huge range of speech patterns and accents, conveying more about a character than comes across through their words alone. After an experience narrating the horror book The Good House by Tananarive Due, she realized she could leverage this ability to take on more audiobook work in the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres, whose stories typically require more range to portray a large diversity of character-types and voices. Robin Miles is now an industry legend, and a recent inductee of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. Here are a few titles read by Miles in the collection:

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

In 1927 and 1931, author Zora Neale Hurston met and interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last person alive who had been enslaved and transported from Africa as part of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A Peak Pick! Continue reading “Audiobook Narrator Spotlight: Robin Miles”

October Literary Holidays

 October is known for its spooky holiday themes, but the literary holidays are less spooky and a whole lot of fun.

If you are familiar with the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, then this day might be for you. On October 6th, it is Mad Hatter day due to the number he wears in his hat. It’s a perfect time to explore the world of Wonderland again or check out some books on tea. The Mad Hatter is the host of probably one of the most famous tea parties in the literary world.

Mad Hatters and March Hares 
All new stories from the world
of Alice in Wonderland.

A Literary Tea Party
Tea and books… the perfect pairing.

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