October 2014 To-Be-Read

I don't normally do TBRs, because I don't like feeling hemmed in by book choices I promised I would read. I like having more freedom than that. But Halloween is a different deal. I love horror, and I love Halloween, so it's usually not a problem for me to create a TBR with that in mind and stick to it. Hopefully I won't burn out and go totally against what I just said, but with all those above disclaimers in mind, here is what I plan to read in October.

 

Floating Dragon by Peter Straub - I'm already in the middle of this one from last month, but it just so happens that it fits the horror theme quite well. I've heard it called Straub's version of IT (meaning the Stephen King novel), though it predates it. IT. You know what I mean. This book has a lot of those same themes, of a town that is itself sick with evil, of people bonding on some cosmic level, and of everything that is scary being crammed into one story. So far, so good.

 

Dark Dance by Tanith Lee - I couldn't resist and already finished this one. October is coming early for me this year. It's set in modern day with a very old-school gothic feel. We follow Rachaela as her father's family contacts her and asks she come live with them, but she feels dread at this. Her father left before she was born, and her mother always held contempt for his family. Things only get weirder when she arrives at the house and discovers how bizarre their way of life is. Oh, that's a nice basics actually, so you may end up seeing that summary again. Spoiler alert: I loved it. Though it's pretty dark and controversial. More on that when I get to my review of it. But it was a great start for this little project.

 

The Return by Bentley Little - I feel weird choosing a Little title, since it wasn't that long ago that I read The Haunted. But he's usually a safe bet for me. Hard to say since the average rating on this one is lower than most of his other books, but he's surprised me before. The summary was a tad vague, though I am assured there is some kind of monster. That's really all I need to hear.

 

'48 by James Herbert - Zombies! WWII era zombies. One of those books that when you read what the premise is, it immediately draws you in with its "rule of cool" right in the summary. It doesn't hurt that I have read some Herbert before and enjoy his writing style and his take on horror.

 

Demons by John Shirley - Shirley is one of those forgotten authors that generally do better overall than he gets credit for. This one sounds like quite a ride, as it's an apocalypse involving demons, which I'm not ready to call biblical until I've read it. It promises both gore and intrigue, and I'm a fan of both.

 

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells - I wanted to work a classic in, though these days finding classic horror I haven't read is getting harder and harder. This is one that passed me by despite being a reader of Wells since I was in my teens. I just never got around to it, so it's high time I did.

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - One of the few Gaiman stories I haven't read. And it has another level of appeal. It's middle grade and therefore guaranteed to be a lighter read than some of these others. I have a high tolerance for scares, but it couldn't hurt to have something on standby that might be more easygoing while maintaining that Halloween-ish appeal.

 

So what do you think? If you've read any of these, let me know your thoughts. If you're just plain excited to see me read any of these, express said excitement. And happy early Halloween.