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Subject: it's almost halloween! what spooky stories are you reading?
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 2:57 PM ET
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share your currently reading or favorite creepy stories/books. i personally love zombies and post apocalyptic, so those suggestions will be much loved. =) right now i'm reading john dies at the end. i'm about half way through and am already speechless. there's no way to grasp it until you've read it for yourself. my favorites would be world war z, swan song, and, of course, house of leaves.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I'm reading Stephen King's It. I love his older stuff and that's one I never read.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:54 PM ET
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I recently posted a list of my faves:

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/its-fall-a-little-halloween-reading/

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:34 PM ET
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I am currently reading Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.  This is the first book I have read by him and I am really enjoying this one.  I hope he writes as good as his father.  I really think his father has showed him a thing or two because this book is really good.

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 11:25 AM ET
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I just read a book I got from Bernie N. here on PBS called "Julian's House".  It was a great book! 

A couple, who are also paranormal researchers, move into a house reputed to be haunted so they can investigate it.  The book isn't really scary as in "BOO!" scary.  This was the author's first novel (published in '89, I believe).  I enjoyed reading how the couple go about their research-the author included alot of info on how researchers investigate, but it didn't take away from the story.  The couple spends alot of time trying to dig up info on the family history.  There is a bit of mystery involved there-a family secret.  The author was really good at ending some chapters at a high point so you couldn't help but keep on reading to see what would happen.   There were also issues between the couple.

I really enjoyed this book, because it wasn't a run-of-the-mill haunted house story, but still kept me riveted and wondering what was going to happen next and what they'd find out about the history of the house and family next! 

 

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 7:51 PM ET
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i have heart shaped box on my tbr list and i can't wait, i've heard so many good things about it!

bonnie, that book sounds interesting, i'm going to have to look into that one.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I just finished rereading "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.  I had read it in junior high or high school and I remembering not liking it much.  This time it was much easier going (I'm a more experienced reader, and, as an adult, the themes about relationships between adults and children make more sense to me), but I still didn't love it. 

I'll probably pick up a few more ghost stories before Halloween, but I'm not sure what.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 1:17 PM ET
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I'm reading Interview With the Vampire, if that counts! In keeping with the creepy/paranormal spirit, I think I might read The Hound of the Baskervilles next.
Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:52 PM ET
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Bram Stoker's DRACULA remains one of my favorites. I remember reading it for the first time in high school and loving it. I remember that the style of it, with some written as journal entries, etc., inspired me to start keeping a journal -- and the funny thing is that now, when I look at that journal, I can see that I was imitating at times the formal writing style of the book's time period. I was really into it!

A little later, I read a book called THE DRACULA TAPES by Fred Saberhagen. I also very much enjoyed that "the Count's side of the story" account. I think maybe this was re-released later under a different title. I loaned out my copy and never got it back, which I regretted.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 8:52 PM ET
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--whoops sorry I somehow double-posted



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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 9:05 PM ET
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Just finished the fourth and last book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I enjoyed them all.

 

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 11:48 PM ET
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VivDarkbloom (Catherine E.)

I just finished rereading "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.  I had read it in junior high or high school and I remembering not liking it much.  This time it was much easier going (I'm a more experienced reader, and, as an adult, the themes about relationships between adults and children make more sense to me), but I still didn't love it. 

I'll probably pick up a few more ghost stories before Halloween, but I'm not sure what.

I'm actually glad to hear you didn't like this book either.  I picked up the large print version that our local library had and it has rather been one of those books that I will be glad I'm done reading - I'm just too stubborn to stop reading it b/c there have been several mentionings of it being a good book to read. 

When I hear others talk about how good a book is, I question myself sometimes and have to wonder why I didn't like it - I'm goofy that way lol.



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