October 2019 Reading List
October and November are my favorite months. I was born on All Souls Day or Day of The Dead, November 2nd, a day traditionally extended for Halloween celebrations in many countries, which probably explains my affinity for horror literature (gothic, paranormal). I’ve gobbled up countless novels and movies in this genre. Some of my favorites are The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Dracula (Bram Stroker), The Turn of the Screw (Henry James), The Dunwich Horror (H. P. Lovecraft), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux), Beloved (Toni Morrison), Interview With A Vampire (Anne Rice) and the list goes on, not to mention I’ve read almost everything by Stephen King except his most recent.
I’ve added a few new ones to my October Reading list. Revenge (Yoko Ogawa), Ink and Bone (Lisa Unger), A Boy’s Life (Robert R. McCammon), Wakenhyrst (Michelle Paver), At The Mountains of Madness (H. P. Lovecraft), Little Heaven (Nick Cutter), Carmilla (Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu). Six books in a month is a stretch, but if not completed in October, I will add them to my November TBR list.
Sinister forces collide—and unite a host of desperate characters—in this eerie cycle of interwoven tales from Yoko Ogawa, the critically acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon’s jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon’s neighbor—who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders—their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web.
Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.
As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.
“Something has been let loose…”
In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.
When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.
Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.
Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free by the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air. Wakenhyrst is an outstanding new piece of story-telling, a tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry.