The Real(ly) Ridiculous Reprobate Rulers

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.We all gripe and moan about Trump, but, honestly, things could be worse. Now, it would take so much more to make it worse that we have to dive into the realm of snark to do this post, but who gives a flying squirrel? (Seriously, I’d love to have a flying squirrel….) Feast your eyes, ladies and gents, on people that would do a great job of putting real terror in the seats of power. The Presidents and Vice Presidents that would surely doom us all.

 

 

 

 

Real(ly) Ridiculous Reprobate Rulers

President: Santa Claus – He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been good or bad so be good for goodness sake. Ah, Santa Claus, the finest creeper of creepers there shall ever be. You think our current Big Brother-esque situation is bad? Just wait until this man gets his jolly buttocks situated in that special chair. All the eyes, all the time. And he doesn’t even need to use your browser history to get y’all. Be scared. Be very scared. Because, you never know, if you tick him off, he might just morph into Krampus. Wouldn’t that just be lovely?…What’s that you say? Santa wouldn’t bother you because you’re a good person? Hmm. Are you sure? No naughty thoughts? No minor moments of mischief?  If you say so…

Vice President: The Easter Bunny – Ah, the Easter Bunny. He seems a nice, friendly sort that gives out free chocolate. But is he really? He sneaks into homes (no one really knows how, at least Santa is forced to use the chimney) and leaves eggs and chocolate. Eggs make the perfect surveillance devices. They’re so pretty and non-threatening and almost impossible to find them all. And, really, Can you trust a creature that gives away free chocolate but eats none himself? Hmm?


President: Delores Umbridge – This toadlike vision in pink could teach Satan himself a few things about what it’s like to be truly evil. And do it with a mean little smile gracing her lips. If she could keep her evil hidden long enough to get elected, we’d all be screwed. But now, see, I’m imagining Mueller as Harry Potter, and this is a problem, people. Most accurately because Umbridge gave Harry hell, and it was really Fred and George who lead the… Okay, I had a wander. Forgive me.

Vice President: Irene Adler – While President Umbridge is behind her big, shiny desk doing what she loves best, creating and putting into effect new rules, I’m sure Irene Adler would enjoy being the public face of the presidency. With her charm, looks and chameleon-like ability to blend into a crowd I’m sure she would enjoy traveling the world on diplomatic, uh, fact-finding missions.


President: Professor Moriarty – Not only is he ridiculously evil, but he’s also blasted brilliant and appears almost saint-like. And the combined means that he would be a force to be reckoned with. Unlike You-Know-Who (No, not Voldemort), it would be hard to prove that Moriarty was something other than what he appeared. Who knows, though, maybe we could get an equally brilliant arserag like Holmes to deal with him. Knowing our luck though? Heh. Yeah.

Vice President: Ebenezer Scrooge (before the ghosts) – Professor Moriarty, while brilliant, is fiscally irresponsible. He will spend a vast fortune to crush one enemy. As in, one person, not even a country. So who better to manage the Federal Budget while Moriarty is thinking up his latest diversion. I can almost guarantee that the National Deficit would be running in the black within a year.


President: Hannibal Lecter – Brillant and evil (I’m starting to sense a trend here in which anyone with intelligence gets a step up). Piss him off and he won’t just denounce and fire you, he’ll have your liver with some fava beans and chianti. Probably in front of his whole cabinet, just to make a point.

Vice President: Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde – Dr. Jekyll might seem an odd choice since he can’t match ultimate wits with Dr. Lecter. However, Dr. Jekyll has an ingratiating personality full of the hypocrisy needed to double-talk the general public. Behind closed doors he has the personality of Hyde to fall back on to cover those bases that would most screw-over that same public.


President: Satan – How many people did we see denouncing Obama as the Antichrist? How many movies have heralded a world leader that will be suave and charming and lead to the destruction of the world? *sad trumpet sound*  Satan is a people-person, a charmer, and able to talk  you into doing things you know are absolutely stupid, if you follow the whole Christian mythology thing (and I’m sure there’s some version of him in most other religions as well.) So, yeah, this is a man that would lead us pied piper style toward the gates of Hades, and we’d be blind until we were about to take the final step.

Vice President: Andrew Woodhouse – What better running mate than his son? A handsome duo with charm to spare these two would conquer the world with their combined efforts. Andy may even set a new fashion trend for hats and I’ve heard that contacts work wonders to cover up any…unusual traits he may have inherited from his father. He may spend a bit too much on manicures (claws are so hard to file down yourself) but in general he’ll be very presentable looking. It would be a father/son duo the world will never forget (provided they don’t accidentally bring about Armageddon).

 

 

 


So, yeah, in hindsight, we could be dealing with worse than the current administration’s belligerent bag o’ bravado.

And before some of you get your knickers in a twist, we must point out again that this post was done in what we hope was obvious fun.

Who would you choose as the dastardly duos to deliver unto us our dystopias?

 

 

Our Favorite Horror Book Covers

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.This Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween Freebie, so we’re going to go visual, and talk about our favorite horror-themed book covers. Notice my wording there, folks. We aren’t judging a book by it’s cover, because in at least a few cases of the actual books in this post, the cover was the best thing about the book. While most of these books are perhaps not completely original, there is still something special about them that invites the eye. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a fine selection of awesome (or maybe awesomely bad) book covers.

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Oh, yeah, there might be more than 10. Sometimes you just can’t leave one out!

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Just Add Water by Hunter Shea Just Add Water by Hunter Shea

I think it’s that this cover has a vaguely nostalgic feel to it. It clearly indicates it is going to be a monster book, but it looks almost … cute. Of course, coming from Hunter Shea, you know cute isn’t going to play into it. And ain’t that the truth!

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

This cover just makes you want to look at it. From the expression in the man’s eye, to the way his hat transforms into the swamp. And with a name like “Deadlight Jack”, it combines to have this mysterious allure.

The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor

While the ‘old and ramshackle house’ isn’t exactly what one might call a new idea, the designer who did this cover worked magic with their color palette. The soft, earthy tones should be friendly and evoke pleasant memories. It isn’t anything like the cool, dark blue tones normally associated with this type of book cover.

Alice by Christina Henry

It’s amazing how such a little thing can make such a big difference. The illustration of the rabbit head on top of the suited torso is kind of interesting, but easy to shrug off. Add a few drops of blood, and suddenly it’s a game changer.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

This cover is cheesy. That’s undeniable. But there’s also something fun about it. The creature on the film strip partnered with the name tells you all you really need to know to immediately grab this book and take it home for a read.

 

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan

Well, with a name like Apocalypse Cow, you know that the cover was going to have to have a cow on it in some fashion. However, out of all the directions they could have went, they went with a fairly standard recognizable shot, and turned it horribly wrong. Amazing what glowing red eyes will moo.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I love the way the whole cover is put together. The old farmhouse, the figure in the foreground. The black and white with just the touches of red. The misty fog gives it a creepy, dreamlike quality that makes it oddly beautiful but sinister.

 

Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear by Terry Dowling

I like the grey/sepia tones, as though it could be an actual picture of a traveling salesman. He looks inviting and trustworthy…don’t you think?

 

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I have always loved this cover. It’s moody and makes the main character, Merricat, mysterious and slightly unreal. Ghostly and partly wild, perhaps almost feral. Blue tones get overused a lot (particularly on Gothics) but there seems to almost be a pattern to the shifting blues of the background and who can say what they’re obscuring?

 

THREE by Guy McBryde

Birds and trees in silhouettes are pretty common in horror, as is fog. This caught my eye because the combination of the, well, three, images along with the chessboard-like floor gives it a rather unique feeling of weirdness.

 

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming edited by Salome Jones

What? Did you really think The Great Old One wouldn’t make an appearance? I particularly like this cover because of the suggestion of the iconic Cthulhu visage and the watery blood with the hint of tentacles in it. It’s a great representation of the ineffable nature of the Old Ones and the madness that comes with it.

 

Bad Apples by Edward Lorn, Jason Parent, Evans Light, Adam Light, and Gregor Xane

This might more properly belong on a Halloween list but c’mon! How can you not love an apple that’s rotten to the core? A veritable seed of evil that didn’t fall far from the tree.


There you have it, folks, a selection of our favorite horror book covers. What’s your personal favorite? Of course, if you’re offended that we left a cover off, you’re welcome to let us know what it was! – L&G

Our Favorite B-List Horror and Sci-Fi Actors

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.The Top Ten Tuesday topic for this week was a bit unsuitable for the site, so we went off again on our own less-traveled path. This time we decided to devote our time and attention to the B-list actors that make some of our favorite movies so very, very watchable. The movies might be bad, but they tend to make them at least bad-good. (True B-movie fans know what I mean!)

Feel free to chime in with your favorites!

 

 

 

Our Favorite B-List Horror and Sci-Fi Actors

 

Keith David is not on this list for the reason you probably assume he’s on this list. Keith David is on here because of the old cartoon show Gargoyles. I have a voice-crush on him. (Is that even a thing?) And so when I found out that this dude actually did movies outside of Gargoyles, I started paying attention. And then I noticed he was popping up in lots of movies I liked, such as The Thing, Armageddon, They Live, and so on. I love this man (well, his voice at least.)

John Rhys-Davies – Okay, so here’s the thing abut John Rhys-Davies, he’s been in some movies that were so bad even I couldn’t watch them all the way through. (And that’s saying a lot.) However, he won my affection in Sliders, so I at least have to try movies when I see his name in the credits list or see his face. Even if I have to groan and shut it off after ten minutes, I’ve got to try. John Rhys-Davies was also the voice of McBeth on Gargoyles

Michael Ironside is an interesting one because I can’t say that I necessarily like him but I like a lot of the movies he has been in. Remember him as the teacher in Starship TroopersSo I’ll almost always check out his movies because it’s a good bet they’re going to be fun.

Movie cover for Starship Troopers

Greg Grunberg easily made this list, even if I had to look up his name because he’s a ‘that guy’. I first encountered him, as I’m sure many did, in Heroes, but since then I’ve seen him in a few B-movies and they’ve definitely been made that much better by his presence. Specifically, I love him in End of the World (in which he plays a video store owner that’s obsessed with disaster movies and who ends up living through one of those disasters), and in Big Ass Spider (which has Lin Shaye in it!)  I think he’s a fantastic actor.

Lin Shaye is, unfortunately, the only female on my list. I think there are probably more that I pay attention to, but she’s the only one whose name consistently pops to mind. I first noticed her in the Insidious movies, but then after watching them, I noticed she was also in a lot of other movies I liked. Her role in Big Ass Spider is a small one, but oh, my god, she had me cackling. You have to watch Big Ass Spider just for the scene between Lin Shaye and Greg Grunberg.

Lance Henriksen – Uhm, is there a B-movie this man is not in? I mean, seriously! Obviously he’s been in some widely released movies as well (Aliens, for example) but it’s the ones that haven’t exactly gained critical acclaim where I love him.  Movies like Man’s Best Friend and Harbinger Down definitely benefit from Henriksen’s presence. I know he’s a favorite of Gracie’s too. He brings a much deeper level to Pumpkinhead than the movie could have thought of. He plays so well off of the Pumpkinhead you can really believe they really are two halves of the same coin.

Tony Todd – Tony Todd might not get ‘starring’ roles but you cannot deny his screen presence and beautiful, deeply frightening voice. He’s sexy and frightening in Candyman but his role in the X-Files episode “Sleepless” was amazing. I don’t think many people could forget him in Final Destination.

Brad Dourif – You can put Brad Dourif into just about any role and he still looks like Brad Dourif. However, he wraps himself so thoroughly in that role that you don’t really notice. His more memorable roles have been Chucky (Child’s Play) and Grima Wormtongue (Lord of the Rings). My favorite is as The Gemini Killer/Damien Karras in Exorcist III. The interplay between him and George C. Scott is so electric that most of the time you don’t even notice that it’s two guys talking in a room.

Tom Savini – What can I say about Mr. Savini that probably hasn’t been said regarding his amazing special effects work? Probably not much. He certainly caught my eye in From Dusk til Dawn as Sex Machine (and his badass gun belt). There are probably a lot of people who knew this already and I had no idea. I realize that the info is there on IMDB for the reading. I’m getting to that. Yes, i know who they are and their general body of work but I generally leave themselves to themselves. But then I watched his segment on Nightmares in Red, white and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film. I have to admit that his segment drew me in and made me tear up.

Before you notice that we have left one very, very important actor in the horror realm off the list we are adding him as a bonus. He really should need no introduction but it did not feel right to leave him off. The one, the only, the badass…Robert Englund. Most people recognize him with his mask and gloves on but he has been in far more movies than the Nightmare on Elm Street series. And also why the remake (excuse me, reboot) failed utterly. And can I get a glove raised for the short lived but could have been totally awesome television series Nightmare Cafe?

     


This was actually an interesting post to write because when I broached it with Gracie, it was clear it was hard to define exactly what “B-list” is. I”m sure there’s an official definition, but for me it falls in the “Hey! It’s the guy”. They might have some movies that achieve widespread fame, but their roles in them are generally small, or it was a one-off and they sank back into low-budget territory. They can be fantastic actors, but for some reason they’re just not known names, but instead are just very recognizable faces.

10 Horror Graphic Novels to Read in October

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.The prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was supposed to be Top Ten Book Boyfriend/Girlfriends, but it’s October and we’re not doing mushy. So, today we’re going to focus on horror-themed comic books / graphic novels.

The first five are books that we’ve recently come across. Didn’t have a clue they existed, but something about them drew our eye. The Veil and Born in Hell are both horror-mysteries. The Pound looks like it would be a wild ride. Arkham Woods was selected because, well, Arkham. And tentacles. The tentacles definitely had something to do with it. Really don’t have any good reason for choosing the Grim Leaper other than sometimes twisted romances can be fun to read about.

The second set of five are book series that we’ve read some of already and definitely enjoyed.

 

 

The Veil

Written by El Torres | Art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Meet Chris Luna, a cheap private eye with a client list of the dearly departed. Chris has the unique ability to sometimes pierce through The Veil between our realm and the unknown beyond. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really pay the rent. Now Chris is broke and has to return home to Maine… and face the darkness that now lurks beneath the surface of her quiet hometown.

Book cover for The Veil

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The Pound Vol 1

Written by Stephan Nilson | Art by Ibrahim Moustafa

What do two, unemployed, municipal animal control specialists do when their city is infested with monsters? They open a facility, “The Pound,” dedicated to the capture and rehabilitation of unregistered monsters. What they don’t realize is their community service is putting a serious kink in the original four monsters’ plans for all-out Armageddon!

Book cover for The Pound

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Arkham Woods

Written by Christopher Rowley | Art by Jhomar Soriano

Kirsti Rivers is an L.A. teenager suddenly transplanted to the small New England town of Arkham Woods. Kirsti and her mom, Victoria, are tasked with clearing out and selling the old house left to them by Silas Scadmore, Victoria’s eccentric uncle. But from the hidden recesses of the house, Kirsti and her friends unwittingly unleash and ancient evil that could spell the end of the world — unless they can find a way to stop it first!

Book cover for Arkham Woods

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Born in Hell

Written by Valentin Ramon | Art by Ferran Xalabarder

By the end of the Thirties, with the world one step close to the most terrible war, three characters, seemingly with nothing in common, find themselves implicated in a complex intrigue which will push them to the very limits of sanity. Joe Colter, a tough private eye looking for an urn, Max Conrad, an FBI agent looking for a missing comrade, and Juiette Smith, a luxury prostitute looking for her missing friend, are the three legs of a story which will lead them to a true meeting in the real kitchen of hell.

Book cover for Born in Hell

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Grim Leaper

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe | Art by Alusio C. Santos

In death, he finally found something to live for. Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It’s a love story to die for.

Book cover for Grim Leaper

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’68 Vol 1: Better Run Through the Jungle

Written by Mark Kidwell | Art by Nat Jones, Tim Vigil

There are zombies in the razorwire. Welcome to 1968– and the end of the world. From the steaming jungles of Viet Nam to the brightly lit campus of demonstration-torn Berkeley, California, ravenous hordes of unstoppable ghouls are changing the face of the Age of Aquarius. Collected for the first time, this 178-page collection re-presents the first four-issue story arc from the ’68 ongoing series, along with the re-colored and re-lettered original one-shot from 2006! Plus, creators MARK KIDWELL, NAT JONES and JAY FOTOS have included tons of behind-the-scenes extras to make this a must-have for zombie and horror fans everywhere!

Book cover for 68 Vol 1

I have no interest in wars, but when you add zombies into the mix, I’m definitely willing to have a look. ’68 was an interesting read.

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28 Days Later

Written by Michael Alan Nelson | Art by Alejandro Aragon, Pablo Peppino, Ron Salas, Declan Shalvey

The film that changed horror forever continues here! Selena and her new comrades struggle against the infected, the American presence in the UK and themselves. Selena is a survivor but even she must give pause when the mission has her breaking into the land she fought so hard to get out of.

Book cover for 28 Days Later: Omnibus

I loved the 28 Days Later movie, so when I saw this on Comixology, I was half-tempted, half-scared to check it out. Luckily what I read (not all of it was available on Comixology Unlimited) was well-drawn and worth checking out.

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The Dunwich Horror

Written by Joe R. Lansdale | Art by menton3, Peter Bergting

H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. This unique series begins by adapting classic Lovecraft tale “The Dunwich Horror” by fright-master Joe R. Lansdale (30 Days of Night: Night, Again) and Peter Bergting (D&D: Dark Sun).

Book cover for The Dunwich Horror

I think I actually started this before I’d tried to seriously read anything else from H.P. Lovecraft. The first volume was definitely creepy and caught my attention.

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The Twilight Zone Vol 1

Written by J. Michael Straczynski | Art by Guiu Vilanova

From the mind of J. Michael Straczynski, Hugo Award-winning creator of Babylon 5 and writer for the blockbuster films Thor, Changeling, and World War Z! Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy. Desperate to avoid the consequences for his actions, he goes to Expedited Services, which offers to help him disappear and enjoy a life of leisure in a new identity. But what exactly is this new life, how much is freedom worth, and what happens to the old life when someone else shows up to claim it? This captivating first volume will push the boundaries of The Twilight Zone into new and uncharted territory – a journey that will travel into the past and the future, into murder and revenge, and finally into the sunrise of nuclear Armageddon!

Book cover for The Twilight Zone Vol 1

The art isn’t exceptional, but it fits the story perfectly. And the way the story is told does instantly put you right into the Twilight Zone. Think it’s something you must check out if you’re a fan of the TV series.

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Whispers in the Walls Vol 1: Sarah

Written by David Munoz | Art by Tirso

Somewhere in post WWII Central Europe exists an orphanage where children having survived a mysterious, transformative virus are admitted. Czechoslovakia, 1949. What Evil lurks within the walls of an ancient children’s infirmary? After the brutal murder of her parents, Sarah, a young orphan, is about to discover that and much more. From long-buried secrets to imminent battles, the fate of man, and monster, lie with young Sarah. A gothic tale of horror from David Muñoz (co-writer of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone film) and artist Tirso.

Book cover for Whispers in the Walls Vol 1: Sarah

This is another case where I wasn’t a huge fan of the art itself, but I liked the way the story was told. The color choice is nice as well. The story opens with a nearly wordless sequence of several pages that sets the mood properly and then leaps right into Sarah’s story itself.

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Well, there you have it. If you’re a fan of graphic novels, you might want to consider giving these a try. (And please remember, Sci-Fi & Scary is an Amazon Affiliate, so we do earn a small percentage if you choose to purchase using the buy links. Helps pay server costs and the like.)

What do you think of horror movies getting adapted into graphic novels? I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed 28 Days Later. They kept the main character feeling very true to form from the movie.

Would you be interested in seeing a book like IT get made into a graphic novel?

 

Talk to us! (And feel free to link us to your Top Ten Tuesday posts as well!)

10 Favorite Nonhuman Characters in Horror

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.For this Top Ten Tuesday list, basically everything we tried to do to stick with the assigned topic (Ten Books That Feature Characters_____) somehow seemed to end up being books that would fit in with a diversity posting. After a few false starts though, we started thinking about some of favorite characters in horror and realized that sometimes our favorite characters aren’t really even human at all! So here are our 10 favorite nonhuman characters in horror. They make the books stand out in circumstances while they might normally have not.

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday topics are brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

 

 

10 Favorite Nonhuman Characters in Horror

Woman in White by Kristin Dearborn – The entity responsible for the woman in white. While I didn’t care much for the book, I was fascinated by that entity and wanted to know more!

Book cover for Woman in White


The Fireman by Joe Hill – Dragonscale has to be one of the most interesting fungi/spore infections that I’ve seen in horror books. From the beautiful marks on the skin, to the way it yearns for unity, and, of course, the burning.


Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix – The store itself was just awesome. Once you enter, you never leave. And the way things get progressively weirder? I don’t remember the characters, but I do remember the store!


14 by Peter Clines – Inadvertently continuing with the building thing, the apartment building itself is just neat. While it doesn’t have any real personality of itself, the fact that it’s a giant Lovecraftian buildling is awesome. Part of me thinks I’d love to just explore it. The rest of me thinks I’d be terrified, even if it was in a safe mode.


Monstrum from Ann Christopher – It’s been like a year since I read this book, and I still remember the monster from this book. It seemed so gleefully evil that even though it doesn’t do anything but kill, it left a long-lasting impression on me.


The Shining – Stephen King: The Management – A great many ghosts act as go-between with Jack and The Manager. So it makes me wonder…Just who is The Manager?


Ghost Story – Peter Straub: Alma Mobley, Anna Mostyn, Anna-Marie – from the names she gives she sounds perfectly human. But she’s not. She’s ancient and evil. She calls herself several different things throughout the novel but they all seem to be terms that she’s playing with, not using as actual descriptive terms. But rather than being a scary generic Big Bad she has a playful sense of humour that interests me.

Book cover for Ghost Story by Peter Straub


Nightmare Seasons – Charles L. Grant: In the first story (Part 1: Spring, 1940 – Thou Need Not Fear My Kisses, Love) Samantha has a suitor. She tries to give him the brush off but he’s very insistent with flared hair, dusky, patterned skin and a reptilian gaze. Basically the dude’s a were-snake. Not a common were-animal and it makes me wonder how he became so. A bite? Born that way? It never says and I’m very curious.


Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin: Rosemary’s Son, Andy – True, he’s at least half-human but I still think he counts. I have always been curious about how he grew up. Did he follow in his daddy’s footsteps or Rosemary’s? Did his horns and pearly little claws make him stand out from the other kids or did they think it was neat? And, yes, I’m totally disregarding the ill-conceived (pardon the pun), phoned in crap that was the sequel.

Book cover for Rosemary's Baby


House of Leaves – Mark Z. Daniewlewski: The Navidson Tapes/Manuscript – Since the narrator is possibly unreliable it makes me wonder…are the tapes real? If not unreliable then why make them up? It’s a fascinating question, I mean why? Why become so obsessed with a set of videotapes and a manuscript that is entirely made up? It’s almost as big of a character in the book as the narrator himself.


What about you? Are there any creatures, buildings, objects or other that really ignited your interest or imagination while you were reading a book?  Share with us below!

10 Sci-Fi and Horror Books on Our Fall TBR

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Oh, lookie, another chance to talk about the books we want to read but will probably actually never get around to. Well, we’re not gonna lie and say we’re going to actually get around to reading these, because that would be wrong. And delusional. And they don’t make a pill strong enough yet to help self-admitted bookworms with that “I can read all the books!” self-delusion.

However, these are 10 sci-fi and horror books on our Fall TBR. Some of them we might actually read, others we’ll look longingly at, and the rest we’ll probably forget about as soon as another book with a shiny cover twinkles our way. (Or waves the promise of a blood-splattered gorefest at us. Don’t judge.)

By the way, Top Ten Tuesday topics are brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

If you’re looking for upcoming science fiction and horror books for 2017 (well, what remains of it), look here at our More 2017 Science Fiction and Horror Novels to Look For (July-Dec).

 

10 Sci-Fi and Horror Books on Our Fall TBR

(Lilyn)

Doctor Arnoldi by Tiffany Thayer – Tiffany Thayer, who was prominent in the Fortean Society, wrote many unusual novels in the first half of the 20th century but DOCTOR ARNOLDI is one of the most elusive. Now, for the first time since its initial publication in 1934, it’s available. The story is an old one — what happens when death is defeated — but no one has ever written about it as Thayer has.

I just recently came across this one in an article I was reading, and it intrigued me. Especially the scene they talked about where a guy was ran through a meat grinder and the meat came out still moving. I need to read this. I also need the gumption to spend 15+ on the book since my library can’t get it. So, it might wait a while.

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The Happy Chip by Dennis Meredith – You feel ecstatic! Until you kill yourself. – The Happy Chip is the latest nanoengineering wonder from the high-flying tech company, NeoHappy, Inc. Hundreds of millions of people have had the revolutionary chip injected into their bodies to monitor their hormonal happiness and guide them to life choices, from foods to sex partners. Given the nanochip’s stunning success, struggling science writer Brad Davis is thrilled when he is hired to co-author the biography of its inventor, billionaire tech genius Marty Fallon.

That is, until Davis learns that rogue company scientists are secretly testing horrifying new control chips with “side effects”—suicidal depression, uncontrollable lust, murderous rage, remote-controlled death, and ultimately, global subjugation. His discovery threatens not only his life, but that of his wife Annie and their children. Only with the help of Russian master hacker Gregor Kalinsky and his gang can they hope to survive the perilous adventure that takes them from Boston to Beijing.

The Happy Chip, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, spins a cautionary tale of unchecked nanotechnology spawning insidious devices that could enslave us. It dramatically portrays how we must control our “nanofuture” before it’s too late.

I liked Dennis Meredith’s Wormholes well enough, and the concept of a happy chip isn’t too far-future, neither is the misuse of it. I’m curious to see what the author could do with it. Its terrestrial sci-fi, and sometimes that’s just what I’m looking for. 

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Mars One by Jonathan Maberry – Go on the adventure of a lifetime with a teen and his family after they are selected to colonize Mars in this thrilling new novel from multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry.

Tristan has known that he and his family were going to be on the first mission to colonize Mars since he was twelve years old, and he has been training ever since. However, knowing that he would be leaving for Mars with no plan to return didn’t stop him from falling in love with Izzy.

But now, at sixteen, it’s time to leave Earth, and he’s forced to face what he must leave behind in exchange for an uncertain future. When the news hits that another ship is already headed to colonize Mars, and the NeoLuddite terrorist group begins threatening the Mars One project, the mission’s purpose is called into question. Is this all worth it?

I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series. His other work? Ehhh, hit or miss. He’s definitely not an author that’s on my ‘must buy’ list. However, he is talented, and I’m really really curious to see what he can do with a straight up science fiction novel. Especially a young adult one. 

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Counting Heads by David Marusek – Counting Heads is David Marusek’s extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligence) and robots do most of society’s work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world’s fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away.

Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world’s leading citizens is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Only Ellen, the heir to her mother’s financial empire, is capable of saving Earth from complete domination plotted by the cynical, selfish, immortal rich, if she, herself, survives. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family’s enemies. A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes join forces to rescue Ellen’s head, all for their own purposes.

 Another terrestrial science fiction novel, this one looks like it could just be off-beat enough to intrigue me. I mean, it’s Mission Impossible to rescue a *head*.  I know it’s the first book in a series, so it makes me a bit wary, but… good things? And it’s old enough (but not too old!) so that my library should have it! Found this one just recently through random browsing.

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Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – It’s the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person’s consciousness can now be stored in the brain and downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”), making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Onetime U.N. Envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Resleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats existence as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

I’m not actually a huge fan of massive conspiracies because I tend to sort all that out way too quick, but this one has too many recommendations for me to not at least think hard about giving it a try. Got it whilst googling “Best hard science fiction novels of the 21st century.”

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Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s – Grady Hendrix: Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

I love covers and the ’70s and ’80s had some great cover art. Hopefully, if it’s successful, they continue through to the present day. Although I fear it will add greatly to my TBR list. Oh well, the more the scarier!


Haunted Nights – Edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton: Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween.
In addition to stories about scheming jack-o’-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night.

I love Halloween and short story collections. What could be better for a fall read than a short story anthology with stories based all around the Big Three of the October holidays?


Halloween Carnival, Volume 1 – Edited by Brian James Freeman: Robert McCammon, Kevin Lucia, John R. Little, Lisa Morton, and Mark Allan Gunnells put the horror back in Halloween with a quintet of devilishly delightful tales, curated by acclaimed author and editor Brian James Freeman.

Yup. More Halloween themed short stories. I hope. It looks to be a series that will be released all through October, one each week. I’m interested to know if it will be sold as a collection after the different volumes are released and if there will be a wraparound story or if the stories stand on their own. 


Madness on the Orient Express – Edited by James Lowder: Trains embody the promise and peril of technological advance. They unlock opportunities for wealth and travel, but also create incredible chaos—uprooting populations and blighting landscapes. Work on or around the rails leads to unwelcome discoveries and, in light of the Mythos, dire implications in the spread of the rail system as a whole.

A certain path to uncovering unwelcome truths about the universe is to venture beyond our own “placid island of ignorance” and encounter foreign cultures. The Orient Express serves as the perfect vehicle for such excursions, designed as a bridge between West and East. Movement into mystery forms the central action for many stories in this volume. The only limitation placed upon writers for this collection was that their works somehow involve the Orient Express and the Mythos.

The last warning whistle has blown, and we are getting underway. Have your tickets at the ready and settle in for a journey across unexpected landscapes to a destination that—well, we’ll just let you see for yourself when you arrive. We promise this though: murder will be the least of your problems on this trip aboard the Orient Express!

There’s something about trains, don’t you think? It could be assumed that I’m adding this because of the movie coming out but Agatha Christie ain’t got anything on Lovecraft and I’d rather read about Cthulhu stalking the rails rather than a commonplace murderer.


2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush – Edited by Kevin J. Anderson and John McFetridge18 exhilarating journeys into Rush-inspired worlds 

The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, and thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio that is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Enduring stark dystopian struggles or testing the limits of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

Lilyn brought this one to my attention back in the spring and it’s been hovering on my periphery ever since. Anyone who comes to the site often is probably well aware (too aware, some might say) of how much I love music. I do like stories based on songs (and songs based on stories) because I like to see how that particular author interprets the song. I may not always agree but it’s always interesting.

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So, there you go. Our theoretical list of reading material for fall (that doesn’t include all the new releases).

How are you with these type of things? Do you ever actually read most of the books you put on your lists?

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10 Books We Keep Going Back To

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.So this Top Ten Tuesday was a throwback freebie from Broke and Bookish. Since the site hasn’t been around long enough to dredge up ‘old’ books that we loved, we’re taking this in a slightly different direction. This Tuesday we’re talking about the books that we keep going back to. Books that hold an evergreen appeal for us. It doesn’t matter that we’ve re-read them a thousand times (okay, more like five hundred), we will gladly read them again. Some we found in our childhood, some we just recently discovered.

Feel free to chime in with your evergreen reads! We know with everything that has been happening lately (Harvey, Irma, Katie, Jose, wildfires, earthquakes, etc), we all need a comfort read.

 

 

10 Books We Keep Going Back To

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

How many times I think I’ve read it: 5

 

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Book cover for Just One Damned Thing After Another

How many times I think I’ve read it: 4-5

 

 

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) from Dennis E. Taylor

The book cover for We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor

How many times I think I’ve read it: 3

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

Book cover for The Martian

How many times I think I’ve read it: 10

 

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

How many times I think I’ve read it: 8

 

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Hell House – Richard Matheson

How many times I think I’ve read it: 6

 

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

How many times I think I’ve read it: 10

 

Ghost Story – Peter Straub

How many times i think I’ve read it: 3 – 4

 

The Shining – Stephen King

How many times I think I’ve read it: 4 – 5

 

IT – Stephen King

How many times I think I’ve read IT: 2 – 3


We hope you and your loved ones have been safe, and continue to be safe through everything that has already happened and is lined up to happen. We can’t do much, but we have donated to the Red Cross, and now we’re reaching out with the only comfort we know how to offer. Talk of books.

Ten Times We Toiled to Trudge Through the Type

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Isn’t it lovely when you open a book, and from the very first sentence, time seems to fly? Your fingers flip the pages so fast you’re surprised in retrospect that you didn’t get papercuts. You couldn’t stop reading the book. It was just that awesome. You couldn’t wait to finish it. You didn’t want to finish it! You found your little piece of bookworm heaven.

Yeah, this post isn’t about those books. Sorry.

This is about the books that forced us to focus. That taught us the true meaning of relativity.

To rip-off one of my favorite bad-good movies and turn the phrase into one more fitting:

“You open up a great book, and an hour can seem like a minute. You open up a bad book, and a minute can seem like an hour.”

However, it is worth nothing that some of these books we liked in the end. (Maybe didn’t love, obviously, but liked well enough.)

Top Ten Tuesday topics are provided courtesy of Broke and Bookish.

Ten Times We Toiled to Trudge Through the Type

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

I like Alastair Reynolds’ work. I really do. Its just, well, the man has a propensity for turning on the verbal diarrhea and not knowing how to stop it. Revelation Space was truly a trudge for me, and oh dear sweet baby Cthulhu, I want to forget I ever read it. Actually, wait, it was so unmemorable that I’ve basically already forgotten it. Heh!

Ultimate Verdict: Blah


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

I read it ’cause I said I’d read it. I read it ’cause it was one of those books you’re supposed to read. And I hated it. Then I even watched the movie because everyone said it was so much better. I couldn’t like the movie either. For a relatively thin book, it sure feels like PKD was, er, dicking around a lot.

Ultimate Verdict: Blah


Extracted by R.R. Haywood

It puttered around, it stalled in the middle. The dialogue made me giggle. There were flashes of brilliance that were drowned in lakes of mediocrity. It wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.

Ultimate Verdict: Okay


Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Can I just insert a gigantic yawn here? This is a book that promised one thing (science fiction!) and delivered another (fantasy masquerading as science fiction). There was no payoff in the end, and I can barely remember anything about this book other than it tricked me and I don’t like it.

Ultimate Verdict: Blah


Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

I’m not sure what was going on in Forty Signs of Rain, but it was KSR at the worst I’ve ever seen him. Dear Cthulhu, nothing happened in this book other than people being people until like the last 30 pages. It was literally a gigantic rant on how climate change is happening and politicians won’t pay attention. I like climate change fics. I agree that politicians need to pay attention! But you don’t need to dress up your rant as a book and then try to shove it down our throats. GAH!

Ultimate Verdict: Blah


Book of Shadows by Alexandra Sokoloff 

I generally like Akexandra Sokoloff’s books. I don’t know what the heck happened in this book. The characters are insanely annoying. The detective goes back and forth between belief and disbelief he was like a human yo-yo. And he was a dick to everyone. The witch is pretentious and annoying and rather than hoping they would get together I was hoping they’d fall off a cliff.

Ultimate Verdict: Get. It. Away. From. Me


Just Plain Weird by Tom Upton

This was a book that I was so close to liking. Alas. There were way too many coincidental contrivances. Major plot points are either skimmed over or left totally unanswered. The main character is likable enough but the Love Interest? I think the author was going for Quirky, Unique and Cute but missed and landed on Annoying, Judgmental, and Psychotic.

Ultimate Verdict: Just Plain Contrived


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This book is creepy and interesting but holy Cthulhu. The footnotes, all the footnotes, annotations along with the kitchen sink that I’m sure is hiding in there make this a pretty hefty book to slog through. I’d recommend the full color edition. I don’t know how much different the reading experience is but it’s prettier.

Ultimate Verdict: Worth the trek but you better carve out a good month or so.


Rage of Spirits by Noel Hynd

So, so boring. To give you an idea I’ll quote myself and my Goodreads notation: “This book is moving so slow. I think it fell asleep.” I know I sure did. A lot. It took me five months to finish this book and made me very disinterested in reading any others by Noel Hynd.

Ultimate Verdict: Yawn


Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas 

It can be a fascinating book at times and at others a bit pedantic. It also reads a bit more into some things that I can’t agree with. It also overrates the Paranormal Activity series more than it should. I’m sure my antipathy toward that series has long been known. however, it raises some interesting questions about the nature of the Found Footage sub-genre and the viewer’s reaction to it. It also lists quite a few that are not very well known.

Ultimate Verdict: Interesting but only if you’re deeply interested in the film industry and this sub-genre in particular.


So, dear readers, what books did you toil to trudge through? Everyone’s is different, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you loved one of the ones we whomped on with dismay.

A Few of Sci-Fi & Horror’s Hidden Gems

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.There are books that everyone talks about. Ender’s Game, N0S4A2, IT, just to name a few. Thousands of people read them. Even people who haven’t read them generally know what book you’re talking about when you say the title. And, love or hate them, you can’t deny that they’re the celebrities of their genre. And they’re generally good, too. But it doesn’t hurt that the writers got picked up by major publishing houses, are related to someone in the industry, or have just been prolific enough that everyone knows their name.

It is what it is, and stories about stories that garnered acclaim on the weight of the story alone are rare. Sometimes, even books repped by major publishing houses get shoved to the side rather quickly. And that’s just…life. Sucks, but again, it is what it is.

However, for this Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish), we’re going to look at a few of sci-fi & horror’s hidden gems. These ones may be new, they may have been around for a while. They might be repped by one of the big five, or a tiny little 1 man publishing house you’ve never heard of it. None of that matters. What does matter is that these books deserve your attention just as much as the bright and shiny books do.

They just need their chance to shine.

 

A Few of Sci-Fi & Horror’s Hidden Gems

Phaethon by Rachel Sharp – Sci-Fi & Fantasy – with a measly 29 ratings and 12 reviews on Goodreads. It’s not gonna blow your mind, but it will thoroughly entertain you when you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy something.

Book cover for Phaethon

 

Apophis by Caron Rider – Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction – One of the more interesting, imaginative takes on the post-apocalyptic world that you’ll see. What happens when humanity evolves along two separate lines when the world ends?  A ridiculous 5 ratings and 5 reviews on Goodreads. So many of you would enjoy this book if you actually read it!

Book cover for Apophis

Guns, Gods, and Robots by Brady Koch -4 ratings, 3 reviews on Goodreads.  A collection of science fiction and horror short stories that actually held my attention. A collection of science fiction and short stories that held my attention. Yes, I repeated myself and I did it for a reason. While you see anthologies listed on this site, they’re almost exclusively reviewed by Grace. I like my stories to be in depth, so it takes something special in a collection to make me glad I picked it up.

The Killbug Eulogies by Will Madden is the newest entry on this list in terms of publication date, but it’s a few months old and still only has 9 ratings and 8 reviews. If you follow me on Twitter, or even just read this site regularly, you’ll know that I have a very base sense of humor. When I’m not laughing at fart jokes, I’m cracking up at dry British humor, so I tend to run the gamut, but regardless, for a book to amuse me, it’s really got to hit a specific series of notes. This book had me rolling, y’all. You need to give it a go.

The Killbug Eulogies

New Tales of the Yellow Sign by Robin Laws – With 8 reviews and 60 ratings this book based in the King in Yellow universe really deserves to be more widely known. Even if you’ve never read the actual King in Yellow stories these are just good, solid horror stories all the way around.

Shadows in the Asylum: The Case Files of Dr. Charles Marsh by D.A. Stern – Set up to look like actual files it’s not all gimmick and no story. The story is solidly creepy and if you decide to give it a look I urge you to get the physical book. The kindle version tries admirably to recreate the illusion of it but the physical book really sells the idea of it.

The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff – This one probably has more ratings than most of the other books on here but is still way too unknown. It actually brought tears to my eyes and that’s not easy to do. I highly recommend it but I’m also hesitant to because of the subject matter. It might bother some people. It’s a short but powerful book.

They Return at Evening by H.R. Wakefield – These are classics that are majorly overlooked. Wakefield is often compared to M.R. James which really does Wakefield a disservice. Not that I don’t love James but Wakefield keeps his horror creepy, chilling and descriptive but doesn’t dive fully into the gore pool.

The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXII – edited by Karl Edward Wagner – I recently re-read this because it had been a while and I have to say the stories in it are fantastic! Published in 1994 if you can find a copy I strongly suggest it because it’s a great mix and there’s sure to be something to please everyone. And the editor’s notes are hilarious.


So, there you have it ladies and gents. Another entry into our “For the love of Sweet Baby Cthulhu, would you please read these ruddy books?!” log for everyone.

So, uh… “For the love of Sweet Baby Cthulhu, would you please read these ruddy books?!”

Kthxbai!

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The New High School Reading List

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.So, how many times do you look fondly back on the books you were forced to read in English class? I know, I know, once we get older we ‘develop an appreciation’ for things. But, eh, I call bull$%@& on that for the most part. The Catcher in the Rye? Romeo and Juliet? (Okay, alright, yes, how dare I poo-poo the teaching of Shakespeare! But, I mean, seriously? You’re going to teach about ‘star-crossed’ lovers to a bunch of teens who are thinking more with their nether regions than their brains that its the ultimate love story to have the feels for someone so badly you’d rather die than live without them? TEENS?!) Wuthering Heights? The soap opera of the world before television? (Sorry, Gracie!) While there are some fantastic books that are taught (I’m blatantly ignoring the fact that some teachers apparently try to be hip by teaching Twilight), doesn’t our reading list need a bit of an update?

So, when Broke and Bookish gave us a Back to School Freebie, we decided to commit the ultimate no-no, and screw with The High School Reading List. Du-du-dum!

Forgive us, English teachers everywhere, for we have sinned. (But not too badly, because we kept a few of the best ones around.)

 

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The New High School Reading List

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Why we should keep it: Just look around. This book is scarily relevant. That’s reason enough.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Why we should teach it: Because it teaches Other in a way anyone can understand.

Damocles by S.G. Redding

Why we should teach it: Because it’s a first contact novel that isn’t a huge series, isn’t all about war, and showcases the beauty in connections that can happen when you’re willing to look past each other’s physical differences.

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Why we should teach it: Because it discusses non-binary genders, expands upon the idea of survival in space beyond what everyone else writes about, and makes the reader think about not only the immediate impact of their actions but the far-reaching ripples as well.

The Dean Machine by Dylan Lee Peters

Why we should teach it: Because it’s a book that makes you think. It could provoke hours of discussion in the classroom on everything from ethics to simply the recognizable homages in the book. Because, ultimately, it’s a book that will make readers uncomfortable, and we all need that sometimes.

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

Why we should teach it: Because it is a classic example of an unreliable narrator. It’s ending and themes virtually guarantee an interesting class discussion.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Why we should teach it: It is an excellent study in personal responsibility as Dr, Jekyll is not a saint. He does not wish to separate himself from evil but merely wishes to ‘Hyde’ behind him.

The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction – Dorothy Scarborough

Why we should teach it: It’s good to know the roots and evolution of any kind of literature. Horror fiction is no different.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson

Why we should teach it: With the psychological aspects of it and part mystery it is guaranteed to create some interesting discussions in a classroom.

Out of Tune – Edited by Jonathan Maberry

Why we should teach it: Why? Well, music appreciation, of course. And the fact that the stories are based on old ballads and poems, which would give a deeper meaning to music to know where it came from and how it’s evolved.

 


Well, there you go. We decided to keep this post fairly minimalist, but I think we got our point across.

What about you? What books have you read since ‘growing up’ that you think should have been taught in high school, and why?