We always try to read a spooky book (or two) in October to celebrate Halloween and the days getting shorter. Here are some favorites available at the shop right now for all of your October reading needs!
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
A sinister carnival arrives in a small town, seemingly able to grant visitors their deepest desires. But the carnival's proprietor, Mr. Dark, is much more than he appears, and two young boys have to contend with his evil machinations as more and more townspeople fall into his thrall..
Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Two sisters, Constance and Merricat, live with their uncle in a collapsing house. Constance was recently accused of murdering the rest of their family via arsenic in the sugar bowl, and the two are distrusted by the people in the nearby town. When a suspicious relative arrives, the sisters' lives are thrown into disarray.
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
Mysterious passages begin to appear in a house, including a hallway where there shouldn't be one, a spiral staircase that goes down infinitely, and a vast labyrinth. As characters explore these anomalies, they begin to lose their minds. This isn't a simple haunted house story, however: it's also a beautifully designed work of metafiction and madness.
Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation
The first book of Vandermeer's "Area X" trilogy follows a team of scientists, identified only by their roles--the biologist, the anthropologist, the psychologist, and the surveyor--as they explore a strange geographic area where eleven previous teams have disappeared or been driven mad. The further they get into Area X, the team's grasp on reality becomes more and more tenuous, leaving the biologist unsure if she can trust any of her team, or her own perception.
What are you reading? Are you planning to check any of these titles out? Be sure to stop in the shop and let us know!