I am so happy it’s time for this!
I spent most of September (re)reading Stephen King’s IT. I forgot how long it was and how tiny the type is. Given that I just gave 1100 pages to Stephen King, I think I’m going to try out some other authors for October. (Although if I have time I’ll crack open his latest, Sleeping Beauties, and see how that goes.)
I’ve collected a list here that I think is reasonable for a month. Some short stories, one play, and some classics.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Free on kindle! And apparently also free to read online here. (The only one I’ve finished so far.) This is a classic that I haven’t read since college. It was nice to revisit, although a little spooky how much I identified with the main character?
Psycho by Robert Bloch
I have a long relationship with this movie, but only recently realized it was based on a book. I couldn’t find this at the library so I ended up ordering a paperback copy of it, because I think real horror fiction is always better in mass market paperback form.
“The Thing on the Doorstep” by H.P. Lovecraft
Also free to read online here. I actually bought (?) the complete works of Lovecraft when I first got my kindle, because it was one of those “$3.99 for everything!” sales, but I’ve never gone back and read any. I heard this story referenced in a podcast (see below).
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Sarah Waters is fantastic. This is basically an excuse to read a Sarah Waters book. They’re weighty but they’re worth it. I read her book The Paying Guests earlier this year and loved every minute of it. I don’t really know anyone else reading her books, but I don’t know why that is. She’s amazing at character development and plot.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Now a major motion picture with Daniel Radcliffe! I’ll take the book though, thanks. Anything with the subtitle “A ghost story.” Great cover too.
Getting Away With Murder by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
Did you know Sondheim wrote a straight play? It ran for 17 performances on Broadway. The characters are named after the seven deadly sins. I saw this and couldn’t NOT buy it. Now I can’t wait to start reading. (Can I convince the higher ups at work to do it next year? Probably not.)
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives by Sarah Weinman
Amazon calls this collection “Fourteen chilling tales from the pioneering women who created the domestic suspense genre.” The stories were written in the 1940s-1970s. Sold.
Additionally, I started listening to a podcast called LORE, about the frightening history behind common folklore. The episodes are 15-20 minutes long, and the creator picks a story and goes into the history of it. It’s entertaining and spooky, and the length is great.
And of course, the scariest thing I’m doing this year is watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Terrifying stuff.
See previous year’s reading lists here: