Spooky Reading

It’s that time of year, do you read horror? Of course now we have the master, Stephen King and others of his ilk, Dean Koontz, Heather Graham, and Clive Barker. But I’ve been reading these for years.

One of my favorites was Ira Levin – of course Rosemary’s Baby was probably his most famous. I read that back in 1967, or maybe Stepford Wives, ‘72. but I’d like to recommend The Boys from Brazil, ‘76 and This Perfect Day, ’70 also by Ira Levin. They’re sightly lesser known but every bit as good. In fact This Perfect Day is in my all-time top ten.

Another of my favorites has always been Norah Lofts. I can’t explain what it is about Norah’s work that leaves me feeling unsettled, but it happens every time. I guess Knight’s Acre, ‘75 is the one I’ve read the most, but Lover’s All Untrue, ’70, A Wayside Tavern, ’80 and Madselin, ’70 give the same eerie feeling. I wouldn’t say these books were horror but I’m not sure how to categorize them, except excellent. 

Of course horror goes back much farther than this, H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker. I’ve read Frankenstein by Shelley and Dracula by Stoker but not Lovecraft. I know, I can read King anytime, but not him.

Who are your favorites? Who scared the pants off you when you were a kid? I know my kids read R. L. Stine. Give me your recommendations.

I have a few with a spooky twist as well –

     

Scary October?

It has been a heck of a scary year and it isn’t over yet. Which brings us to October 2020. What is going on? Several medical issues for both me and hubby; his retirement; my temporary job at our local Board of Elections; no hugging my adult traveling son, my mom, or my sisters; thinking of how to have Thanksgiving dinner in our small house while keeping six people six feet apart.

Hmm… how do I keep sane? I read (well, I write books as well) but reading is my escape from the news and the worries. Since this is a supernatural-genre blog, I will remind you of my Clan of Dragon series. These four books are filled with shape-shifting brothers and their quest to find human mates while living among the clouds of the Scottish island of Skye.

All four books are available in ebook and print. I also offer AUTOGRAPHED print books direct from me (Christmas is around the corner!) Find all buy links HERE

*HOT NEWS! Heaven-sent Flame is now available IN PRINT!

…and stay safe.

Nancy Lee Badger