Scary Books In October?

Lately the creative juices just don’t begin to flow until after eight o’clock in the evening.  This poses a problem because the evenings are usually for me and The Husband to unwind together.  Maybe it is the season change because even The Husband has been more content of late to play video games instead of watch a movie.

Rain has arrived in Lexington again.  There have been a few grumbles from people about the rain, but after reminding them it isn’t snow they came to view the rain as not that bad.  One man thanked me, because he was having a bad day and the rain just added to his annoyance.

Watching the rain safe and dry inside today just added to the joy of reading a book.  This year I tried to keep up with the number of books I’ve read and set a goal of just 25.  Somewhere through the year I lost count.  I think I am beyond 25, but maybe I am short.  I don’t know.  Honestly, I don’t care.  Keeping track of how many books read this year was an attempt to make sure I kept reading even when I didn’t feel well.  It worked to get me started.  Really good books have kept me reading.  Currently I am reading Wayward, by Blake Crouch.

I read book one in the series, Pines, earlier this year and had forgotten about the series really until visiting the library earlier in the week.  There is something about the premise of being the last town of humans in the entire world is frightening.  Add in a megalomaniac running the entire show behind the curtains and you end up with just the right amount of creepy.  Since it is October and Halloween isn’t too far away, the book just fits somehow.  I don’t read much horror these days, but a touch here and there doesn’t hurt.  When Wayward ends I may go pick up a scary book to carry the theme out through October.

About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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5 Responses to Scary Books In October?

  1. tpolen says:

    I loved The Pines series – perfect for this time of year!


  2. In my house as long as the TV is showing sports or news, I don’t have to worry about Hubby feeling neglected. I love to read fiction, especially a good mystery. But, haven’t read one in quite some time. Though, I probably read a light mystery every two-three weeks on audio tape while exercising at the YMCA. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Brian Bixby says:

    I usually look for a “moldy oldy,” a supernatural/horror story of some repute and antiquity, to read around Halloween. I’ve just recently completed reading an anthology of Victorian ghost stories, all written by women. (I’ll probably get around to reviewing it on my blog soon.) I’m intrigued enough by the writing of Vernon Lee, Violet Hunt, and Mrs. J. H. Riddell that I’ll probably pick this year’s read from one of their collections of supernatural stories or from Riddell’s supernatural novels.

    BTW, if you need a laugh, here’s my review of 2012’s moldy oldy, F. Marion Crawford’s “The Witch of Prague”:


    • Just read your review of “The Witch of Prague” and chuckled. I love Victorian literature. The good and the bad. This one escaped my hands so now am on a search for it, thank you. Many Victorian writers, as you know, were paid based upon word counts so good stories tend to be extended beyond necessity for the storytelling in order to get paid. Sometimes this works wonderfully as in the case of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, but many times it just led to stories like this one. The wood carving illustrations are one of my favorite things about Victorian literature, along with their word use and how the words have changed over time. Again, thank you for putting me onto this one. I am also going to check out some of the authors you mentioned in your reply. It has been a long time since yours truly has truly been unnerved by a thriller or horror novel!

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  4. I have the same problem with writing time intersecting with husband time. Luckily, he’s also into videogames, and I can spectate while writing. Still, guilt starts to set in and I have to relinquish the keys. 🙂

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