30 October 2015

Hallowe'en is coming...

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I'm quite the wimp when it comes to all things terror but when All Hallow's Eve rolls around I try to stop peeking through my fingers and embrace the spirit(s) of the season.
Here's a few spooky suggestions for this Hallowe'en.

Lore Podcast: Podcasts are a recent discovery of mine, helping me get through many a long day at work, and Lore has quickly become one of my favourites. Host Aaron Mahnke explores the truth behind superstitions, folklore and terrifying legends that make up our history and culture. Extremely well curated, meticulously researched and full of atmosphere, Lore is informative, entertaining and occasionally chilling. It's the perfect soundtrack for carving pumpkins.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman: Turing the classic horror standard of 'there's something inside the house' on its head is Josh Malerman's debut novel. This time, something is outside, it's everywhere, and those who see it are almost instantaneously driven to enact fatal (and often gruesome) harm on themselves. We experience this terror through the eyes of Malorie, who finds herself pregnant just as the horror begins to unfold. Genuinely creepy and unnerving, I had to stop reading more than once and allow myself to calm down. If you're looking for a great horror novel then I'd recommend Bird Box- just make sure you're not near a window...

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Not as overtly scary as Bird Box, Jackson's sinister Gothic novella is perfect for dark and stormy nights. I've done a full review of this before; it's a great quick read with a dark undercurrent and a wonderfully unreliable narrator.

Funny Games: I'm not generally a fan of horror films, mainly because I'm a wimp with an overactive imagination, but I also think they're too gratuitously violent and gory rather than genuinely scary. Funny Games is different. There's not much violence and the majority takes place off-screen. Instead, the torment is more controlled, which in turn makes it more terrifying. Two polite young men call at a family's summer home and ask for some eggs. From this seemingly innocuous beginning comes a horrifying evening of torment as the victims fight to survive until morning. Innovative and original, Funny Games is a great unnerving film to watch- just make sure you only open the door to trick-or-treaters.

What are your favourite Hallowe'en horrors?




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