Halloween is one of my favorite holidays--I love dressing up for a good party and in Seattle you can always count on the perfect cliché of a dark and stormy night on October 31st.
I've given up my horror movie habit, but a good scary book always has a place on my bedside table (as long as I leave the light on) and, really, what could be better for getting into the Halloween spirit (or just giving oneself a good scare in, say, December)? This year has been rife with YA thrillers, including one of my recent favorites, Libba Bray's The Diviners, which gave me the serious occult murder chills. Love it.
Here are some of my other new faves for the spooky season--what are your best freak-you-out-but-just-can't-stop reads?
- I Hunt Killers - something totally new from Barry Lyga (with a sequel coming in 2013), Jazz is the son of a serial killer who may have more in common with his dad than meets the eye. One customer review describes it as "Silence of the Lambs for teens" -- need I say more?
- The Book of Blood and Shadow - a grisly murder leads to the streets of Prague, secret societies, and a centuries-old secret.
- Code Name Verity - it's not horror-movie-horror but this fictional account of a captured female spy in the hands of her Nazi interrogators is peppered with bulging-eyeball moments and I chewed my fingernails off anticipating what would happen next.
- Flesh and Bone - even the cover gives me the willies. Zombies, a death cult, and being hunted by animals--this one has pure Halloween horror written all over it.
- Ten - think Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (one of the best mystery/thrillers ever!) crossed with a classic teen horror movie.