Happy Halloween Ladies and Gentle-Ghouls. No better time to share with you some of my favourites book to pick up at this time of year!
The Thackery T. LambsheadCabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer
This is a little number I picked up about two years ago, and its a collection of short stories, prose and other spooky bits from quite a large collection of authors and illustrators. It really is a mad collection of creations and it will leave you flicking through it and going “What the heck?!?”. Some of my favourites that are in here include: China Méiville, Holly Black, Mike Mignola, Alan Moore, and Garth Nix to name but a few!
You’ll be astonished by what you’ll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have gathered together a spectacular array of exhibits, oddities, images, and stories by some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction, including Ted Chiang, Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), China Miéville, and Michael Moorcock. A spectacularly illustrated anthology of Victorian steampunk devices and the stories behind them, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities is a boldly original, enthrallingly imaginative, and endlessly entertaining entry into a hidden world of weird science and unnatural nature that will appeal equally to fantasy lovers and graphic novel aficionados.
The Dark Companion: Ghost Stories by John Gaskin
Next up is a collection of ghost stories that were published quite locally to me, actually, by The Lilliput Press. I was gifted this book as a Christmas present last year, believe it or not, and absolutely fell in love with it and all its spooky tales.
These tales of twilight and borderlands depart from an oral tradition developed through the writings of Beckford, Mary Shelley, Le Fanu, and M.R. James. They are concerned with the life of the mind and imagination, fear and the supernatural, and they attest to the demands of the unconscious in the twenty-first century. The eleven stories incarnate shadow worlds where the past and present interpenetrate, where common life is touched by deeper, less pleasant purposes. They are set variously in Ireland, Scotland and England, and are permeated by a powerful sense of place: the empty moor, the garden at the edge of the wild, the abandoned railway, the enclosed privacy of an ancient college. Absorbing, haunting narratives, they are related with the skill and precision of a master storyteller.
Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James
This is the third and final collection of ghost stories on my list today, but by far my favourite collection of ghost stories of them all. I first picked this up as a hard back in a bookstore in the city when I was around 12 and remember being absolutely freaked out and terrified reading some of the stories to the point where I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night after some of them. I since lost my copy, but found a newer edition since then, which I pick now and again for a thrill and some reminiscence.
M. R. James is widely regarded as the father of the modern ghost story, and his tales have influenced horror writers from H. P. Lovecraft to Stephen King. First published in the early 1900s, they have never been out of print, and are recognized as classics of the genre. This collection contains some of his most chilling tales, including A View from a Hill, Rats, A School Story, The Ash Tree, and The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance. Read by BAFTA and Emmy-award winning actor Derek Jacobi, and with haunting and evocative music, these tales cannot fail to send a shiver down your spine.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This one, is one I’m afraid I’m going to have to put my hands up and admit that I actually haven’t read it yet! Gasps of horror all around (no pun intended), yes I know, how dare I put it on My Top 5 and I haven’t even read it yet. I do know the story of Frankenstein though, because, who doesn’t? And you have to admit, it is quite spooky and dark when you really think about it…
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
Of all the books to pick up at Halloween, reading and rereading the Walking Dead graphic novels is my absolute favourite, because these graphic novels are nothing but pure post-apocalyptic nightmares, filled with zombies, blood and horror, people running for their lives whilst also fighting off each other as well as zombies for survival! This series gets a big thumbs up from me and No. 1 on today’s Top 5 list!
How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television?When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?
How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?
The world we knew is gone.
The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.
In a matter of months society has crumbled.
No government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.
In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.
Did you like my Top 5? Any of your favourites there? Let me know!
Happy Halloween! 😀