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Subject: Looking for Halloween theme d book for my bookclub
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Hi Everyone!

  For my next month's book club with the ladies we're looking for a spooky mystery or any spooky story since we'll be having our meeting on Halloween.Any suggestions would be appreciated! The ladies just requested nothing  gorry. Scaredy cats!

                                                                                                                                 Thanks

                                                                                                                                   MJ

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 3:33 PM ET
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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.  I'm reading it right now and it's reallllllly good.  :)

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Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:33 PM ET
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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Clean story, pure Bradbury fiction bedecked with his typical poetic metaphors and simile talk.  Also filled with interesting facts about All Hallows Eve

 

Wonderful book. A quick read.. So is the Hanna Barbera animated film that is played every Halloween.

But then again, I am a Bradbury fan. This might be too childish for the ladies, but I like it, I am corny that way.



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Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:14 PM ET
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Promise Not to Tell
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Promise Not to Tell
Author: Jennifer McMahon
ISBN-13: 9780061143311 - ISBN-10: 0061143316

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Book Type: Paperback
Publication Date: 2007


It's really good! And contains a bit of a ghost story/murdery mystery. :)

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:14 PM ET
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whoa  - that was crazy formatting haha 

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 12:31 PM ET
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How about a collection of Poe or Lovecraft?

Date Posted: 9/29/2009 1:11 PM ET
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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a great gothic story, but there are parts that are a wee bit icky. How about a classic like Dracula or Frankenstein? Or Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde is pretty short and all three well deserve their classic status.
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 1:39 PM ET
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You could just try a classic like Bram Stoker's Dracula, or Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.  I'd also second the idea of some Poe as well.

The first book that popped into my mind though is Thief of Always by Clive Barker.  Don't be scared that it is too gruesome because it's by Clive Barker -- the book is a YA title -- it's a great cautionary tale about the dangers of getting everything you wished for.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 7:35 PM ET
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Of Bees and Mist, by Erick Setiawan is a kind of ghost story.

Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn, is a dark murder story involving 3 sisters. My review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1OYCJL3GUMVMK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk is a subtle horror story. My review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RGIRJ5OUU34BI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe is about witches. My review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3OFIXUAZB11UK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

 

I liked all except Bees, but more people like it than don't, so I'm in the minority.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 12:00 PM ET
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"or Lovecraft?"

at the risk of showing my literary ignorance.....who's that?Embarrassed

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 10:18 PM ET
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  H.P. Lovecraft was an American author of horror and science fiction known as weird fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror, the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity.

He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, who together with Edgar Allan Poe has exerted "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction". Stephen King has called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."

 



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Date Posted: 10/7/2009 4:03 AM ET
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They're only tangentially Halloweenatious, but Thomas Tryon's The Other and Harvest Home scared the **** out of me back in the day.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I haven't read this yet but it's in my TBR. It's kind of short though:

An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan.

Date Posted: 10/13/2009 10:57 PM ET
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If your Group likes Cozy mysteries, you might try one of Monica Ferris's mysteries!  They are written very well..with interesting storylines!