The nights are getting longer, and that familiar chill is in the air. Fall is my favorite season. I love horror movies, scary decorations, and the celebration of the macabre alongside the goofy camp of trick or treating and dressing up. Here's what I've had my nose in this month. From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury I'm a bad reader. We've been living in East Nashville for two years now and I just got my library card. My transgressions aside, I went in and discovered this wonderful little gem. Written from 1945 until its publication in 2001 (and in part the inspiration for the Addams Family), Dust Returned is familiar territory to Bradbury. Loosely based around an immortal family that lives in a haunted house, Dust Returned is a collection of vignettes of mummies four thousand years old, a girl who can psychically travel anywhere and in anyone, and one living boy, who has to choose between death, or becoming part of his family of undead.
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Rereading one of my all-time favorite books. I've bought and re-lent it out three times now, and I still really enjoy it. The devil comes to Moscow with a giant cat and a psychopath, and as expected, weird mayhem ensues. The Russianisms can be insular at times, but if you can get through that to really get into the story, it is spooky and satisfying in a wonderfully weird way. There's also a great guide you can use to help you through the communist cultural metaphors.
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
Keith and I met Jonathan Maberry and his wife, Sara Jo, a few years ago at Hypericon. It was a very small convention and we were lucky enough to chat with him for about an hour. Needless to say I was already pretty biased, but I loved this zombie novel about hardboiled cop Joe Ledger who's forced to team up with a secret government agency to defeat the oncoming zombie horde. I loved Maberry's zombies. They don't want brains, just to infect as many people as possible, and they do it startlingly fast. If you're looking for a spooky read for Halloween that's fast paced and delivered by a no-nonsense protagonist, I highly recommend Patient Zero.
So tell me, what are you reading?