Friday, September 30, 2011

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Released: 1981, 1984, 1991

If you are looking for the perfect, scariest, creepiest Halloween read, no horror novel will ever top the creepiness factor of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series written by Alvin Schwartz.

Alvin Schwartz's collections of short stories have been banned in the United States because they have been deemed satanic, horrific, and entirely too disturbing for children. If you've ever picked up one of Schwartz's books, you may understand why uptight, anti-fun-police citizens have wanted the books banished. After all, the book's illustrations are downright bone-chilling and just might give you nightmares, but only if you've never been exposed to any of the crime shows aired on basic network television, have never visited a circus, or have never experienced a busy shopping day at Walmart alongside the most scariest, trashiest people of the world.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What Came First by Carol Snow

Released: October 2011

If you read What Came First, it's unlikely you'll forget it anytime soon. It's the first novel I have ever read in which I absolutely hated and despised all the main characters; yet the plot was so haphazard and intricate all at the same time that I couldn't help but stay glued to its pages.

What Came First is centered around the lives of three women with one young, lackluster, Californian surfer man between them all named Eric Fergus.