When I was a kid I once stayed up for roughly 48 hours straight to read Stephen King's The Stand. I devoured endless short story collections, from Roald Dahl to Edgar Allan Poe, during my family's endless summer drives from Ohio to Oregon. In fact, I may have overindulged, as my adult reading habits have ranged from damn'd, square historical tomes to "literary fiction," (the most loaded term in the English language). But something clearly took root, because now I write ghost stories, and have found myself returning to the form as a reader, too.
So I'm clearly delighted to announce the shortlist for October's 1book140 selection. There's nothing like crisp nights and harvest moons to inspire terror and dread, and no better month to pick a great work of horror for us all to read. Here's my entirely personal shortlist. Voting starts now and runs until Thursday at 10 am.
1.) Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I believe this book has been nominated by someone every month. Not only that, but it gets great reader reviews and Joe has been an active promoter and participant of the community. And if you need one more reason, it's supposed to be scary as hell.
2.) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
A perennial favorite, and a book that lit up the boards last week when we made the call for nominations. Most of you have seen the movie (hopefully the far scarier original, as opposed to the tepid, unscary remake, The Haunting); Now it's time to read the book. Or not. You decide. (Isn't democracy wonderful?)