Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I’m doing a tag I found on BookTube from EmmmaBooks. It’s Summer and I like spooky books. It’s pretty simple, eh? So without further ado, let’s begin the tag!
Spectre – a book that haunts you after reading it. For this I’m going with Stephen King Goes to the Movies, which is a collection of Stephen King short stories, which became films. I hadn’t seen many of the films from the collection, but the stories were haunting. As Stephen King himself said, these were stories to work on your nerves, and not your gag reflex. 1408 and Children of the Corn were particular standouts!
Don’t split up – a book you would want to read around a campfire with friends. I’m going with Larry by Adam Millard for this. Larry, the first book in the series, is a satirical look at horror films, and how cliché and funny they can be – this is set at a wooded camp, and Larry, the pig mask wearing murderer, is out to kill. Very Friday the 13th and perfect for a campfire story.
Ghost – a book you would like to ghost. I’m going to be honest, and had to Google what this meant – cutting off all communication, apparently. So this is a book I would cut communication with, and I’ve chosen A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris, which is a collection of short stories from The Southern Vampire Mysteries series. The series is also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series or like the HBO show, simply, True Blood. The series follows telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse in Louisiana, as she navigates a world where vampires live among humans, drinking synthetic blood so as not to feed on humans. The stories in the collection were bland and boring, and I didn’t feel a connection to the series or the stories at all.
Frankenstein – a book that mixes genres well. Although for me this book was a 3 star read, The Diviners by Libba Bray (the first book in The Diviners series) mixes young adult with fantasy (including paranormal), and crime really well. Part of the reason is I think the setting of New York and the historic 1920’s time period, but I think these genres mix really well for an intriguing plot, of a young girl learning to use her mysterious power to help solve a crime that her uncle is investigating.
Murder – a book with a twist you didn’t see coming. For this I’m going with the twist in Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, the first book in the Three Dark Crowns series. This follows three sisters with magical gifts (poisoner, naturalist and elemental) each destined to murder each other, so one will become the rightful queen on their seventeenth birthday. I had been led on this journey with these characters and then – boom! Plot twist that left me hungry for more!
Zombie – a book or series that you would revive from the graveyard. For this I’m going with The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, which follows witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan as she navigates Cincinnati, which is filled with human beings and their discovery of supernatural creatures, forty years after genetically modified tomatoes killed a large number of humans. This was one of my favourite adult book series, and I remember borrowing each one from the library. I was so excited with each book and their clever titles, and I definitely want to revive that feeling.
Witch – a horror book with a strong female protagonist. For this I’ve chosen the character Chris MacNeill from adult horror novel, The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. The Exorcist follows the demonic possession of a child and one priest’s attempt at an exorcism. Chris, a Hollywood actress, is strong in her unfailing attempts to do right by her daughter, when all the unnatural things occur – she isn’t afraid to try countless doctors, seeking advice, and also showing courage. Although not immune to experiencing terror, Chris perseveres through to the bitter end. She is also strong in that she has a good relationship with her daughter – they go out, have fun, she ensures that she has an education, and routinely keeps in touch with her daughters biological father.
Mind control – a spooky book you would recommend to everyone. For this, I’m recommending one of my favourite adult horror novels, and that is Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This follows two girls with very different upbringings – Theres was found abandoned in a wood, and has been brought up by two ageing musicians, and their troublemaker son. Theres struggles to connect with the outside world, however, she has a beautiful voice that captivates people… Teresa, meanwhile, has had a normal upbringing and family, although in her teenage years has become a poetic introvert. The two girls meet and a friendship blooms, although Theres has developed a masochistic need for life… This is brilliant, haunting, and is one that remains with you long after it has finished.
So that’s it for the tag – please feel free to let me know your own answers. What is the most recent spooky book you have read?