A Reading List for October’s Harvest and Horror

by Rachel Baker on October 10, 2014

I love October! It starts getting just a little bit cooler here in Florida and we get to celebrate Halloween!  For as long as I can remember, Halloween is a bit cooler, a bit windy and well, sometimes, a bit rainy; but the point is, we stop being too hot in time for face painting.  And when you grow up in Florida, this is a hugely important celebratory moment – you aren’t limited to half-assed costumes with no face makeup, so the arena of scary costumes becomes wider than you could ever imagine.

I always struggle at the end of September trying to figure out what to read in October, because for some reason I really feel I should be reading horror or paranormal genres. Typically, I read a Stephen King book; this year is no different, really – though I wouldn’t consider Mr. Mercedes horror. I have been thinking I might pick up my copy of the Shining, again…because really there’s nothing better in October than redrum. For those of you who have never read it, its only $1.99 right now for kindle.

The wonderful people over at The Millions have made a great list for anyone who wants to read some great fiction about harvests or horror.

The other thing you could do is get ready for the third installment of the Savannah Witches series (which will be out in November). I can’t think of a better way to spend $10.00 this month than to read book 1: The Line and book 2: The Source.  (Programming Note: We will be hosting a guest post of a two over the next few days by the author, J.D. Horn.)

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could also read some Shirley Jackson – I would suggest The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery and Other Stories – or some Richard Matheson – I would say, Hell House and I am Legend would be the best ones for your Halloween reading. If you’d like to venture a bit further, I would read What Dreams May Come (though I’m not sure it would be horror).

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