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Classic & Contemporary Books of Horror!

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October 16, 2018

I love horror. I really do. I like a book that’s going to scare me, unsettle me or just make me think differently about the world. October is the perfect time for dipping your toe into the horrors that lie between the covers of books. To that end, I offer you a list of both contemporary and classic horror tales. 

From the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft to the true story of murder in “In Cold Blood,” horror comes in a surprising number of flavors, both cosmic (Cthulhu, anyone?) and every day. Horror also has elements of its cousins, fantasy and science fiction, like the horror of discovering that the person you thought was your friend is actually that same person, but from another dimension, as in Peter Cline’s “The Fold.” Zombies can take on intelligence, witches wander into living rooms, and giant box stores hold some of the scariest horrors out there. So join me in trying out horror… whether you are looking for something literary and thrilling, like grandmaster Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” or something a little more historic, like Alma Katsu’s “Hunger,” or just something different, horror has something for you!

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