Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fiction: The Halloween Book List

Confession: I'm not a big fan of Halloween. It's like New Year's -- never quite lives up to the hype.

And then, of course, there's my strict "no tolerance" policy on scary stories.

I must sheepishly admit that Doctor Who and Bradbury are my uppermost limit, and even they are sometimes too much. (I may have watched The Silence episodes with the sound off, and liberal use of 'fast forward'... Yes, I am an adult.)

Still, I suppose All Hallow's Eve should be marked in some way.

It is a gray, rainy day, trees fully committed to autumn; the sort that makes you think about getting out the crock pot and looking up chili recipes, retreating to the extra room, under extra blankets, with hot coffee, and books with pages.

So I went looking through the dusty shelves, and found three of my kind of Halloween-appropriate books that are asking for a re-read this last week of October:

The Dante Club - A band of intrepid amateur detectives solve murders in 1865 Boston. The intrepid amateur detectives happen to be famous poets and their colleagues -- Longfellow, O. W. Holmes....

The Devil In The White City - Based on the real murders during the 1893 World's Fair, the book switches back and forth between the great and grand Colombian Exposition and the terrifying serial killer. Seriously, this is probably past my limit of scary stories in print, but the parts about the first Ferris wheel and all the other incredible achievements of the Expo make up for it.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - It's been awhile since I last visited the adventures of Mr. H. Potter. For me, the 3rd one was the turning point from 'kid wizards go to school' to realizing there was a bigger story going on.

And maybe a few other candidates, but a girl's only got so much time before the clock strikes November 1st.

May your tricks be treats and your treats be pumpkin-spiced.

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