Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Zombies, vampires, haunted houses: a reading list for June 15
I can't buy every book I want to read and I'm sure you can't, either. Thankfully, I have a public library just down the road (with a 7-11 in between). It doesn't have the greatest selection in the world, but it will do.
Today's trip to the library offered five mostly random selections. I plan to read each of these. Each book could get it's own review, but most likely a couple will be lumped together.
1. "Siren" by John Everson. I picked this up because it seemed like a good summer read. It's set on a beach with a man who becomes obsessed with naked woman singing on the shore.
2. "Urban Gothic" by Brian Keene. Keene is one of the better straight-to-paperback horror writers currently working. I've heard good things about this book. It's about a group of friends who decide to stay overnight in a row house they think is abandoned. It isn't.
3. "The Loveliest Dead" by Ray Garton. With so many weird, random and offensive Facebook posts, it's a wonder Garton has any time to write. This book haunted house book was first published in 2006, which means I'm behind on his work.
4. "Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare" by Darren Shan. My wife suggested I look into genre alternatives for teens who don't want to read the "Twilight" series. I could not have agreed more. I enjoyed the movie based on the first two books in Shan's series, so I will start reading book number one. Warning Signs wants your children to get the best scares they can.
5. "How To Be a Zombie," by Serena Valentino. As the title states, this is a guide on how to determine whether you are a zombie and how to get the most out of being a member of the living dead. Picked this up to help me prepare for Red, White and Dead, the upcoming zombie walk in Seattle.