Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Fantastic Week Ahead: October 24

Welcome to All Hallow's Read Week here at Fantasy Matters. The zombies seem to have gotten to Jen, and she's turned this column over to me this week. In the spirit of scary things and terrifying books, we're going to have a week full of posts by writers of scary and strange stories - Maria Dahvana Headley, Dan Poblocki, S. J. Chambers, and Ben Loory - on the books and monsters that are most terrifying to them.

And if that doesn't scare you enough, we're giving away a signed copy of the most terrifying book I've ever read. Click through, if you're brave enough to win.

The purpose of All Hallow's Read, as explained on its official website is to give away scary books for Hallowe'en. We are joining in the fun by giving away a book I could only finish with all the lights in the house turned on, Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, which he was kind enough to sign for the poor soul lucky winner of our giveaway (and you'll want to be sure to come back for Joe's guest post on Hallowe'en itself). To win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm on Hallowe'en and share the title of your favorite scary book. We'll choose the winner at random.

Good luck, and please check in each day this week for the latest skin crawling content, and to add to your list of your own scary books to read and give away.

47 comments:

  1. Love Joe, but his dad's book, Salem's Lot is one of my new faves! (I fully realize that though I've been able to read for nearly 30 years, I have no excuse for having just read it.)

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  2. Troilus & Criseyde . . . frightening

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  3. My favorite scary book ... whoa, that's tough. I'd have to say it's a tie between The Dark Half and The Tommyknockers (both Stephen King). Coincidentally, I'm reading 20th Century Ghosts (Joe Hill) now, and would LOVE to win a signed Heart-Shaped Box (that's actually what I was looking to buy when I bought Ghosts, but they didn't have any stocked on the shelves, so I got Ghosts instead).

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  4. I just realised this never asked for my e-mail address to comment ... allwaysunmended at yahoo dot com. The same on Twitter.

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  5. Joe Hill is no slouch, this is an excellent book. I listened to the audiobook, and wow, that was quite a ride. As for the scariest book I've ever read? Tough to say. Many were hard to take (American Psycho, The Girl Next Door) but I think the one that scared me the most was The Shining. I remember being so freaked out that I had to pick up a bible to feel safe.

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  6. I got Horns from the library a while back, and I've been meaning to get my hands on Heart-Shaped Box.

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  7. Scariest book ever was Bag of Bones by King!

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  8. "Heart-Shaped Box" is definitely up there. Craddock McDermott is one of the great terrifying villains of horror literature. "'Salem's Lot" terrified me as well, and I was reading it in the middle of of the day in class in high school. I remember vividly how tightly I held onto the book without even realizing it. Clive Barker's "Weaveworld" was another intense one...not as 'scary,' per se, but intense.

    I think my personal *favorite,* though, would have to be "The Shining." Just such a classic tale, so well-realized and vivid. It didn't scare me quite as much as the first two I listed, but...yeah. Personal preference, for some reason.

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  9. Love Joe's Locke & Key...Prolly the best read I've had in a while...Is it really ending with the Clockworks series?!

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  10. I absolutely loved Heart-Shaped Box. It is terrifying and incredibly engaging. However, I think my favorite scary book - the one that still gives me nightmares - is IT. I was never fond of clowns, but after reading IT I was petrified of them. I was always afraid that a balloon full of blood would be in my sink.

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  11. I recently read Joe's book Horns and was blown away. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to read Heart Shapped Box.

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  12. Heart-Shaped Box is the last book I've read that I couldn't put down til the last page (and couldn't believe it was over when I got there!) in middle school I picked up an old copy of An Amityville Horror. I had to put the book down. Not because it was a bad read, but because it was messing with my mind. Later I read The Shining discovered a whole other side to the horror genre! I just finished reading Horns by Joe Hill. While it was an interesting ride, Heart-Shaped Box was definitely more thrilling!

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  13. "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson / "Books of Blood" by Clive Barker / "It" by Stephen King / "The Exorcist" by William Peter Blatty / "All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By" by John Farris - really can't pick just one! :-/

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  14. Love Joe Hill. Horns is my fave though.

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  15. John Saul used to creep me out back in the day, especially Suffer the Children.

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  16. The moment I read Heart-shaped Box it became one of my favorite books. It's amazing. I would love to have it signed by Joe.

    Another scary book I love and recommend to anyone who hasn't read it yet is It by Stephen King.

    I can't wait for Joe's guest post!

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  17. I found that the images of a clown that lives in the sewer luring in kids in "It" (Uncle Stevie) was scary to me. Dean Koontz's "Phantoms" omnipresent bad guy was also frightening, but to me the scariest, is anything by Richard Laymon. If you have not read Laymon you are missing out (keep the lights on).

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  18. Heart Shaped Box kept me up nights in a row...I hadn't read anything this scary in eons. Absolutely brought me back to late nights in high school reading the psychologically terrifying Different Seasons and Bachman Books.

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  19. "Horns" rules! Joe Hill is carrying literature's horror torch for this generation for sure.

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  20. Heart Shape Box is definitely one of favorites. The writing style is so captivating and the characters so distinguished. Now everyone in my house has read it and my Mum now has every Joe Hill book! I love the world that Joe creates and its so gripping. Thanks for an amazing read.

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  21. Poe's tales. I read some of them in Portuguese translations when I was a teenager. Later as an adult I read this collection (http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Great_Tales_and_Poems_of_Edgar_Allan_Poe/0833567985/) and they thrilled me the same way.

    Marcos

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  22. The one & only "Heart Shaped Box". It's the only book I have read with a "jump" scare scene.

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  23. definitely my favorite scary book is at the mountains of madness by lovecraft. still waiting for the guillermo del toro movie....

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  24. oh wait i forgot about the haunting of hill house!! i had to put that book down when i got to one part and i was reading it on a crowded public bus!! can't say american psycho was scary...disturbing and mind-blowing yes. but not scary. though luna park had one part that scared the hell out of me (speaking of bret easton ellis)--when he sees the thing crawling around his back yard. the description was horrifying. also the "bool" parts of lisey's story were f*cking creepy. (sorry, joe....)

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  25. I was reading Capote's In Cold Blood one winter when we visited my in-laws for Christmas. What seemed a safe read in an apartment became another story altogether in a stand-alone, country-ish house. *shiver*/*eyes peeking out from under the quilt*

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  26. just want to comment again--really, people, posting your fav stephen king novels to win a joe hill autographed novel--shame on you! :P how about everyone posts their fav except for mr king, for a little change. (i know, i know, your fav is by him, but there's got to be something else close to number one on your list)

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  27. i just looked up "all heads turn when the hunt goes by" by john farris and neither of the libraries by me (university and public) have it! even amazon is missing the image for both the hardback and the paperback versions. now i REALLY want to read it. interlibrary loan it is, then.

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  28. "Heart Shaped Box"has become a favorite. I also love "Silence of the Lambs", "The Shining", "'Salem's Lot", "The Strain", "The Haunting of Hill House". So many to choose from, I can't choose an absolute favorite.

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  29. I think my favorite scary book is It by Stephen King. Everything by Joe Hill is phenomenal, also.

    Levi

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  30. @talulah - They don't call Stephen King "The Master of Horror" for nothing. It is only natural that any contest asking for your favorite scary book would include a multitude of his works; the man knows how to write, and he knows what gets our blood pumping. Many a night has passed when I set whatever I'm reading down on my nightstand to turn in, only to have to snap the lamp back on so I can see what I'm doing to turn the book over so the cover is facing down; and so far, every book I've had to do that with has been written by Stephen King.

    Regardless, to satisfy your craving for non-King scary book titles, The Bad Place and The Servants of Twilight (both Dean Koontz) also top my list.

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  31. I read Heart-Shaped Box right when it came out, without reading anything about Joe Hill or even looking for an author photo (I think my copy didn't have one). I found out later that he was Stephen King's son and thought "Oh. Well that's pretty rad." Probably one of the best "new horror" books that I've read.

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  32. I think this would be an excellent opportunity to get a new author on my radar!

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  33. My favourite SCARY book, with emphasis on scary over some other sort of thriller / horror is Sarah Court by Craig Davidson. It's a creeping dread sort of book. Well worth reading.

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  34. This would be awesome to win!

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  35. It's old school, but my favorite horror novel of all time is Frankenstein. It's a classic for a reason.

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  36. Heart Shaped Box is my third favorite book of all time, behind Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Stephen King's It.

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  37. I've been watching a horror movie a night all month and calling it 31 Nights of Terror (it's a sequel to a 31 Nights of Horror I did almost 10 years ago).

    I wish there were more good horror books written like those by Joe Hill or his dad. If anyone has specific recommendations of things that are scary without being stupid, please let me know!

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  38. If I had to choose one book that scared me - it would have to be House of Leaves. The way the book built up the suspense was amazing and the layout was beautiful. I need to go through and reread it since it's been a few years.

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  39. Horns is one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time. Heart-Shaped Box has been on my "To Read" list for a while now.

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  40. It's not necessarily a "scary" book (well, depending...), but there's a fairly terrifying sequence in James Blish's A Case of Conscious (1958)involving mob violence and bees. It's a great novel.

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  41. Dracula is one of the only books to make me turn the light back on before I could go to sleep. Some great scenes, creepy stuff.

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  42. "Drawing Blood" by Poppy Z. Brite is absolutely terrifying. It's a non-conventional ghost story. There is a part where the main character has to face the truth and it's a book where you want to read it quick to get it over with or not read it at all.

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  43. Haunted by Pahlaniuk is the most disturbing thing I've ever read.

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  44. Favorite horror novel is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I used to read it every year but it's a been a few, very disturbing novel in every aspect but beautifully written.

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  45. "The Rats in the Walls" Lovecraft. Joe Hill is great too!

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  46. my favorite scary book has to be 'insomnia' by stephen king. i read it more than ten years ago and i still think about it at least once a month. can't believe it's still so real to me. i always look out my window hoping to see and not see those little doctor looking men. i was so mad when i heard there was an 'insomnia' movie and it turned out to be something totally different.

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  47. If you want to be able to sleep, don't read this book! Pretty scary stuff.

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