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Dark Reads of the Month: October

I am sorry for missing my September’s monthly reads but I have been so busy I have had little time for reading, which is why my readathon failed spectacularly. Most of my October was spent reading stereotypical haunting stories very slowly so I could enjoy them. I plan on reading tons this month so maybe I will suggest more than my usual 3 books at the end of November.

So, on to the books!

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Strange things have started happening around a furniture store so a small group of staff decide to spend the night and investigate. Is someone breaking into the store at night or could it be something paranormal?

A typical ghost story set in an Ikea, it’s surprising but it works. I expected this book to be a total parody but it was actually a pretty decent horror story. Don’t get me wrong, it is a parody because that is what Grady Hendrix writes but his parodies are more focused on intentionally using tropes and placing them in an unusual environment, like an Ikea.

If you want a decent basic horror story in an environment most of us will recognise I would recommend checking this out. Also the physical copy of this novel is designed to look like an Ikea catalog which is pretty damn cool.

Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

A family moves into a new house with a violent history and find themselves tormented by ghosts. I am just giving a quick summary for this story because I think everyone knows it by now.

The original modern “Based on a true story” haunting story. This book has been the subject of law suits and controversy over its claim of being based on true events, but even if it is made up it is still a good story. I think the only issue I had with this book is that I was too familiar with it. The story itself has been the subject of films and had created many of the tropes we see in haunting films today, so it doesn’t feel overly new. I think you should always read the origin of the tropes we love, which is why you should give this a read.

Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes

I rarely suggest non fiction books but this book was so interesting and straight to the point I thought I would give it a mention.

This is a book with quick summaries about the origins of different superstitions. Most of them are common western beliefs. It made for interesting reading and I got through it in one night. Lots of cool and sometimes dark facts.

I recently adopted a black cat. And even though they are lucky in my culture  I bought this book to learn more about the other beliefs about them. Also…there is pretty cat on the cover.

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