November 30, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Thirty

Day Thirty: Creepshow, Stephen King. Art by Berni Wrightson, cover art by Jack Kamen.

Since I finished off my October 31 Days of Horror with my favorite movie, Creepshow, I figured I would finish off Novel-ember with the illustrated tie-in. 

I got this book when it came out (I was 7 or 8) and I was horrified by the monsters and gore. I naturally assumed the movie had to be the scariest, grossest thing ever created. I was so scared of this book that my parents actually took it away from me, not unlike the film! I eventually had to re-buy it when I was older and it is now a nostalgic glimpse back into my much-missed childhood. 

That concludes Novel-ember - Happy Reading, Kiddies!

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 29, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Nine

Day Twenty Nine: Black Christmas, Lee Hays.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking horror classic which has enjoyed an incredible resurgence over the past fifteen years or so. A few years ago I was shocked to find this novelization on eBay. 

It's a very short read and is based on the original screenplay so certain scenes are slightly different. There is some expanded character development and some brief perspective from Billy's point of view! It's about that time of year again for a visit to the Kappa Gamma house.

This book is pretty hard to find, but it appears on eBay every now and then.

November 28, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Eight

Day Twenty Eight: Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson.

Quite possibly my favorite author. This is a great collection of some of his short stories, but honestly, every compendium of his stories are great. 

This one contains "Duel" and my favorite, "Trespass", which was also made into a TV movie called The Stranger Within. As I've mentioned several times with these authors, go ahead and read everything they've written.

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 27, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Seven

Day Twenty Seven: House of Stairs, William Sleator.

Five kids find themselves trapped in a bizarre environment: a world made up entirely of flights of stairs, forming an incomprehensible labyrinth. The kids are forced to interact for survival. 

Amazing young adult sci-fi by one of the best, most creative authors, the late William Sleator. The book reminded me of the 1997 film, Cube.

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 26, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Six

Day Twenty Six: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, Raymond Carver.

Another one of my top favorite authors. His stories really get my mind reeling - I love the open-ended, often ambiguous narratives. Humdrum people doing humdrum things that often open up into strange situations.

"Neighbors" and "Are You a Doctor?" are absolutely amazing.

Copies can be found on Amazon.