October Is Scary-Book Month Redux at 1book140

By Eleanor Barkhorn

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We're returning to scary reads for 1book140's October selection. Here's reader Bill Ward (@billward79) on why the community picked the topic:

This month the 1book140 community decided to reprise last October's theme: scary books. Last year, the group read Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box and enjoyed it thoroughly. So when it came time to choose our October read, there were many similar suggestions.

This genre varies widely.There's classic horror such as Poe and Lovecraft. And there are classic monsters, like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

More recently, "neo monster lit" has caught on, and titles like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer have turned up on bookshelves.

What they all have in common is the pleasure of the chill you get from reading a well-written scary story. Stephen King describes this momentary, chilling connection in his non-fiction book on the horror genre, Danse Macabre: "those remarkable moments when the creator of a horror story is able to unite the conscious and subconscious with one potent idea." I can feel that chill starting now ...

So let's have your nominations for a scary read this month...and plan on joining us!

Nominations close on Friday, and we'll post the shortlist and begin voting on Monday. Happy reading!

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/09/october-is-scary-book-month-redux-at-1book140/262598/