Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween reading

Darragh McManus in the Guardian has chosen a list of books for Halloween, claiming that:
one of the best ways to spend 31 October is by curling up with a creepy book, in a room lit by candles, with stiff drink and loaded revolver close at hand. Just in case.
He has chosen books that :
are eerie, horrifying or disturbing in unusual and different ways.
The list is:
Manual by Daren King
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino
High-Rise by JG Ballard
The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver
Shirker by Chad Taylor

McManus says of Shirker:
Set in New Zealand, this tale of one man cheating death is one of the best crime novels I’ve ever read. Beautiful artful prose, a great, twisting noir story, and a seriously spooky, sexy atmosphere. You’ll feel all sorts of chills running along your spine.
I am not familiar with the work of King and Tolkin but clearly with the other authors whose work I am familiar with – Greene, Ballard, Atwood, Calvino, DeLillo and Deaver – Chad is in very, very good company.

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