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Old 10-27-2016   #1
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Topic Nominated What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

Given the TLO community's extensive experience of weird and macabre literature, please consider sharing any special reading that you plan for this Halloween.

For this All Hallows' Eve, I plan on rereading another Penguin classic, Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," to my mind still a unique and powerful work of uncanny mood and place. Probably with a good red wine and candle-lit Jack O'Lantern at my side. Perhaps I'll watch the film version afterwards.



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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

Shirley Jackson. So influential, and we hardly realize it.

I'm going to read Quentin S. Crisp's 'The Little One' meditation - more thought-provoking than scary, I think, as well as 'Continental Drift' by Russell Banks, a sort of 'Falling Down' tale of average guy alienation and failure in 1980s America. It does pretty well for the 21st century, too.

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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

Kevin wrote, "I'm going to read Quentin S. Crisp's 'The Little One' meditation."

"The Little One" is wonderful, Kevin. You are so right that it is best termed a "meditation." This is one of the most enjoyable, recent short pieces that I've seen from Quentin S. Crisp. It made me run out and purchase several works by Dare Wright.
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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

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Kevin wrote, "I'm going to read Quentin S. Crisp's 'The Little One' meditation."

"The Little One" is wonderful, Kevin. You are so right that it is best termed a "meditation." This is one of the most enjoyable, recent short pieces that I've seen from Quentin S. Crisp. It made me run out and purchase several works by Dare Wright.
And it prompted me to get Jean Nathan's fascinating biography of the author, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright.
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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

In honor of the holiday, I'm starting to read Sylvan Dread and The Benighted Path both by Richard Gavin.
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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

I've had several books lined up for the Halloween weekend; John Langan's The Fisherman, Michael Griffin's The Lure of Devouring Light, and if it finally arrives by Saturday, ideally Laird Barron's Swift to Chase as well.

I've also been privately celebrating the season with viewings of some of my favorite horror films; already I've watched Angel Heart, The Thing, The Fly, and The Hitcher, and hope to fit in Pulse, Jacob's Ladder, The Shining and possibly one or two more undecided picks by All Hallows' Eve.

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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

Nightscript vol 1 and 2. And watching Cat People, The Black Cat, Night of the Living Dead, and Vampyr.
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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

I may reread Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. A great Halloween read. It won the Bram Stoker Award for best novella, if I recall correctly.
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'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
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Re: What book or short story are you reading for Halloween?

Ligotti's Conversations in a Dead Language, naturally!
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