Monthly Archives: October 2015

Something Different: print horror reading source

Last week, I did a blog entry for Halloween in case people might want some time to get horror titles before it. Since Halloween is actually today, I thought why not do another horror entry? I decided I wanted to highlight a print horror reading source. Online sources are great, but it can also be fun to have a print source in hand to flip through.

Hooked on Horror III: A Guide to Reading Interests by Anthony J. Fonseca and June Michele Pulliam is fun to browse. The book is organized by subgenre with interesting subtitle headings like “Maniacs and Sociopaths,or, the Nuclear Family Explodes”. Each author provides their picks for best books in each subgenre. The descriptions of the books make even me, not usually a horror fan, tempted to read some horror books. Horror award and film recommendations are also provided. If horror interests you this could be a great book to check out.


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Something Different: Horror Books Turned into Movies

Want to get scared on Halloween, but not sure if you want to read a book or watch a movie? Check out these horror books which also have been made into movies. Books are listed in alphabetical order.

A solicitor is drawn into the fight against an ancient evil in Dracula by Bram Stoker. (Dracula or Horror of Dracula)

Trying to help a friend leads to madness and danger in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. (The Fall of the House of Usher)

A scientist breaks the laws of nature and creates a monster in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (Frankenstein or The Bride of Frankenstein)

When a child is possessed by a demon her family and a priest battle to save her in The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. (The Exorcist)

Four people spending the night at a house are threatened by malevolent spirit in The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. (The Haunting)

All the women in a British village give birth to sinister children in The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. (Village of the Damned)

Mary Crane’s death at the Bates Motel is only the beginning of the horror in Psycho by Robert Bloch. (Psycho)

Joy turns to horror when a pregnancy is not of this world in Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. (Rosemary’s Baby)

Danny’s mysterious power is all that can save him from his father’s madness in The Shining by Stephen King. (The Shining)

An FBI trainee risks her sanity and life to catch a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. (The Silence of the Lambs)


Best Horror Movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

Horror Films Based on Books on Goodreads.

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A Killer Read by Erika Chase

Lizzie Turner’s book club meeting ends dramatically with a stranger’s murder. The police think the club hides a killer, but Lizzie is determined to prove them wrong. Can she find the truth before the killer strikes again?

Lizzie’s background, determination, and budding romance make her a likable protagonist. The book club members are a fun and varied group of characters. Ashton Corners is a cozy Southern town with beautiful weather and tasty food. A manuscript, a robbery, and secrets add to the mystery. A Killer Read offers a fun and cozy mystery.

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An intern is drawn into a deadly literary mystery after an author drops dead in her literary agency’s waiting room in Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington.

An innkeeper seeks the truth when her murder mystery weekend event has a murder in Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams.

Sorekeeper Sarah Grayson is drawn into mystery and possibly romance when an old friend needs her help in The Whole Cat and Caboodle by Sofie Ryan.

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The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin

Makenna Fraser is a new seer with the New York branch of Supernatural Protection and Investigation. When a gory killer out of Beowulf plans a bloodbath she’s going to get some dangerous on the job training. Can she and SPI prevent tragedy?

Makenna faces challenges head on with intelligence, determination, and some mishaps. Her fellow agents are likable and the villains gory. Her story is urban fantasy meets law enforcement thriller with a dash of humor. Supernatural creatures such as werewolves and elves blend in with the flavor of New York. The Grendel Affair offers urban fantasy genreblend and a likeable female protagonist.

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An innkeeper turns monster hunter when her town is threatened in Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

When murder threatens a town’s supernatural tourist trade Hel’s agent must find the truth in Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey.

A novice lawyer deals with monsters, office politics, and a possibly deadly case in This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova.

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Numbers Don’t Lie by Terry Bisson

Numbers Don't LieIrving lives for court cases, his fiancee, and solving oddities with his friend Wilson Wu. Can the duo navigate the intricacies of space and time to locate a mysterious junkyard? Can they reverse the Big Crunch so Irving has a chance at martial bliss?

Irving is like a long suffering Dr. Watson: he loyally interrupts his regular life to help his friend with matters he doesn’t entirely understand. Wu is zany with calm understanding of threatening anomalies and what must be done to fix them. This collection of connected stories has interesting math, wordplay, off the wall events, and dry humor. Numbers Don’t Lie offers humor, people pulled into the unexpected, and optional food for thought.

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Thursday Next is pulled into the stories behind stories when Jane Eyre is kidnapped in The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

Arthur Dent didn’t expect Earth to be destroyed for an intergalactic highway or to survive it, but his adventures have only begun in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

An overworked time traveler tries to find rest in Victorian England, but only finds more stress when work intrudes in To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

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