November 23, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Three

Day Twenty Three: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre.

One of my top five favorite authors. This collection is a great introduction to the world of Lovecraft.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth was my first taste of his writing and I never turned back. He's another author that you should seek out and read every single word of their writing. So many incredible images!

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 22, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty Two

Day Twenty Two: The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin.

I was obsessed with this book in elementary school despite the fact that I was completely perplexed by it. It wasn't until middle school that I finally began to understand the puzzles and comprehend the overwhelming mix of oddball characters. 

A truly one-of-a-kind book for kids who are looking for something completely different.

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 21, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty One

Day Twenty One: My Sister's Hand in Mine: The Collected Works of Jane Bowles.

This anthology contains the amazing novella, Two Serious Ladies, which is another John Waters recommendation. 

It's a really funny, witty and odd chronicle of two women who embark on separate adventures where they basically discover the joys of "slumming". Features lots of incredible dialogue, for example - "I have gone to pieces, which is a thing I've wanted to do for years."

Copies can be found on Amazon.

A fascinating article on Jane Bowles can be read here.

November 20, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Twenty

Day Twenty: The House with a Clock in Its Walls, John Bellairs.

An early entry point into my lifelong obsession with everything gothic, supernatural and horror-themed. I love the world and characters that Bellairs created - loveable old warlocks, grouchy villains and totally spooky situations made me a huge fan. 

His books also introduced me to the work of one of my favorite illustrators: Edward Gorey

Perfect reading for these cold temperatures!

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 19, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Nineteen

Day Nineteen: Fancies and Goodnights, John Collier.

My definition of a novel is getting a bit loose but I have to recommend this terrific collection of bizarre short stories. His odd sense of humor and darkly comic stories have been adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes, so that should be an indication of what to expect.

"Evening Primrose" is the first story I read of his and I instantly fell in love. You will, too! 

Fun fact: Seek out the LP recording of Vincent Price reading two of Collier's stories, including "Primrose". The perfect combination!

Copies can be found on Amazon.

November 18, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen: Bad Ronald, Jack Vance.

If you've seen the famous 1974 TV movie, be sure to seek out the original novel which is considerably darker and more perverse. Ronald's dream world is explored in more detail, as well. 

The premise and ideas felt so inherently 1970s that I was really surprised to find out that the original copyright was 1955! 

The book is incredibly rare and expensive, but Kindle copies are available on Amazon, which is how I read it and explains why I don't have an actual copy of the book to photograph!

November 17, 2014

Novel-ember: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Chris Van Allsburg.

Again, not a novel but this incredible enigma of a book will change your life and make your imagination explode. 

Sort of the Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Stills of children's books. 

"Under the Rug" is my favorite!

Copies can be found on Amazon.