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text 2017-01-13 21:43
Blatty, Kinderman, Merrin, Karras, and Regan
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
Legion - William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty, one of the few authors to create a before and after in the American cultural psyche, died yesterday at the age of 89. The Exorcist and its companion novel, Legion, are not given enough credit for being not just horror novels, then movies, but also mirrors held up to human nature--as seen in this passage from The Exorcist.



The very best horror serves this or similar purposes: grotesqueries or terrors as mirrors. The Exorcist and Legion made us face our fears of bad things happening to good people, of the looks of innocence masking evil, and of our inner sanctums, our homes, not being safe after we lock the doors at night.


Thanks, Mr. Blatty. Rest.

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text 2016-02-15 20:48
Time groupthink control secrets perfect little town ugly underneath nice and safe nice and safe
Pines - Blake Crouch
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer - Jennifer Lynch
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson

Currently halfway through the first novel in Blake Crouch's series. It's Twin Peaks (and Blue Velvet, a perfect white picket fence with a severed ear at its base) crashing into The Lottery overcome by another wave filled with your every agoraphobic fear fed by that small town out in the middle of nowhere.


Road trip. You are forced to stop in this...town? for gas, the only business for miles seems to be the gas station-combo-momandpop diner. The next exits with any recognizable franchises are either miles ahead or behind. The lady behind the counter seems nice enough, and the now-silent customer-companions are watching you with only curiosity...but it suddenly deeply bothers you that it is only you and them for miles and miles, only you, and them, and the humming fluorescent lamps over the slices of the pie of the day...the humming and the blinking...hum and blink and stare...


Series order:

  1. Pines
  2. Wayward
  3. The Last Town
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url 2016-02-09 16:39
End of Watch (Bill Hodges #3)
End of Watch: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) - Stephen King

The end of Stephen King's trilogy will be published June 7, 2016, and can be preordered now.


series order:

1. Mr. Mercedes

2. Finders Keepers

3. End of Watch

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photo 2015-03-21 15:42
"But she was so nice and quiet!"
Source: twitter.com/carlahaunted/status/579299627641401345
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text 2015-02-26 12:54
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 324 pages.
The Tooth Fairy - Graham Joyce

Horror expansion project read: This is much more than I expected, but I am at a loss to explain just how. It's shocking and spooky and darkly funny. I am mesmerized and disgusted and enjoying every minute of it,


the whole list: carla.booklikes.com/HorrorTBR

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