Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is ten books that get you in the Halloween spirit.
Now, as many of you know, I am not a huge horror fan, but I do try to dabble in it around Halloween. It has been difficult for me to get in the mood this year now that I am not teaching. It was easy when a month leading up to it I got to read "scary" stories to the preschoolers and hear all about their costumes and have crafts for them to make, such as pumpkin satchels and popsicle ghosts and pipe cleaner spiders.
However, I have decided this year that I am going to begin reading Dante's Inferno (okay, try once again) and watch a scary movie Halloween night in lieu of any parties (last year's trip to Myrtle Beach still haunts me with visions of drunken conduct with friends). What are you doing for Halloween?
Oh, and be sure to check out my (nearly) comprehensive list of Halloween reads from 2009. Perhaps you will find a book to get you in a spooked mood, too.
(Note: I had to kind of stretch it here, dabbling into short stories. I see the necessity of branching out.)
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
3. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (Review)
4. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
5. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
6. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
7. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
8. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
9. The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Okay, so that was pathetic. To make it up to you (and myself) I am going to also list top 10 scary movies. Why I have seen more horror movies than read horror books is beyond me, since the visuals would make it more frightening, is beyond me.
2. Zombieland - actually one of my favorite movies
3. The Silence of the Lambs - saw this when I was 11. Two words: forever scarred.
4. The Haunting - What happened in the fireplace was crazy.
5. Underworld - I am a fan of this trilogy. It seems less scary and more just paranormal.
6. Psycho - a truly scary movie
7. Poltergeist - they're ba-ack!
|The Exorcism of Emily Rose|
8. The Exorcism of Emily Rose - made me glad I had not seen the original
9. Interview with the Vampire- my first vampire movie
10. Alien - I don't know which Alien I saw, but it was the one with the shower scene and I had to take baths for a week after watching it.