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text 2019-09-06 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

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text 2019-09-05 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

This is getting darker and darker by the minute. And I´m loving it.

 

 

It´s not often that I´m drawn more to my audiobook than my physical read, but this audiobook is so good, I´m constantly going back to it.

 

 

Although ... I´m not sure if in the end I can take this book for this square, but for now I will stick with it.

 

 

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text 2019-09-03 17:47
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

Don´t know yet why the people in the village hate the Blackwoods so much. But the way they treat Marianne, the square description "Terror in a small Town" is a very fitting one.

 

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text 2019-08-11 19:15
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Horror Reads
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
Uncle Silas - Victor Sage,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman
The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey

I am reposting my "10 Essential Horror Books (by a non-horror reader)" post for this prompt! My knowledge of horror fiction is quite limited, and what little horror I read, I read in September & October.

 

I do not read horror because I am a chicken, so while all of these books are "horror," they are not gory horror, or really, even, that scary. Most of them are more in the vein of "psychological horror," which might mean "horror for wusses," I don't know. Anyway, here we go:

 

1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I read this book almost every October at some time during Halloween bingo, that's how much I love it. Bradbury's language is so evocatively gorgeous that I can almost taste it. 

 

2. & 3. are both by Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House. There's just something about Shirley, you guys. She, like Hill House, is just a bit off - the floors slant and the doors don't close quite right, and she gets right to the heart of the stuff that scares the shit out of me.

 

4. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters: is it a ghost story or isn't it a ghost story? Is the house haunted or isn't the house haunted? Is the narrator reliable or isn't the narrator reliable. Who the hell knows?

 

5. Uncle Silas by Sheridan LeFanu: as I said in my review, this book is a heaping platterful of Victorian whatthefuckery. It's awesome.

 

6. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: what, you say, that's not horror? The fuck it isn't people. A dystopia built around legalized rape and coerced gestation? It's either horror or it's America. 

 

7. Dracula by Bram Stoker: trite, I know. But this book is amazing, and should always be experienced by listening to the full cast audiobook. It will change your perception completely.

 

8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews: I read this book when I was an impressionable adolescent and am still creeped out by it. Totally fucked up.

 

9. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey: "Snap to, Will Henry." This is YA horror, and is gross, terrifying and enthralling. Seriously, I love this book. The rest of the series is pretty good, too, but this book stands alone in awesomeness. 

 

10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: I know that people think that this book is a romance, but (like in the case of Wuthering Heights) they are WRONG. This book is horror. It's a gorgeously written, utterly engrossing, tale of a woman who is gaslighted by household staff after accidentally marrying a rich man - with a great house - who murdered his wife. I could also put this under the category of suspense, and maybe I will. 

 

I know, this list of essential horror is sadly lacking in *real* horror authors, like Stephen King. But he's way too scary for me! 

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text 2019-08-08 22:00
I Quit
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

I got to page 27 and just didn't want to read anymore. i avoided picking it up for two days. It just didn't grab my interest and there seemed to be a lot of inner dialog, which isn't for me. I'm quitting

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