Above, you will see two pumpkins. The first (left) is mine. The second (right) is my 6-year-old son’s pumpkin. I call the one on the left: 2017. I call the one on the right: IGNORANCE IS BLISS.
Not much to add here this week, except I’m going to info-dump a bunch of horror stuff into your faceholes — right now, as I type this, we await the first domino to fall in MUELLER TIME (spoiler: turns out, it was Manafort and not Hillary Clinton, gosh, who knew), but I thought we’d stare at something else, something more primal, something more HALLOWEENIE.
Here are my top ten horror movies.
I mean, this list changes moment-to-moment, but it’s what I plastered on Twitter the other day, and it’s what I’m gonna stick to here and now:
2. THE THING (John Carpenter)
3. THE SHINING
4. IT (2017)
5. DEVIL’S BACKBONE
6. GET OUT
7. HELLRAISER 2
8. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (original)
9. THE EXORCIST
10. NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
It’s an imperfect list, because it misses some great flicks: the original Hellraiser, or The Descent, or The Orphanage, or or or.
But that’s the nature of lists.
Here, too, are some of my favorite horror novels, though these are in no such list, of preference, because it’s honestly too damn hard —
Swan Song, Robert McCammon (seriously, I re-read this massive epic horror novel once every 3-5 years — it’s harrowing and beautiful, also just read anything he’s written)
The Three, Sarah Lotz
The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
Misery, Stephen King
Lost Souls, Poppy Brite (though bonus points for the most wonderfully vile novel I’ve ever read, Exquisite Corpse)
NOS4A2, Joe Hill
My Soul To Keep, Tananarive Due
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty
Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin
Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay
Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw
Last Days of Jack Sparks, Jason Arnopp
Watchers, Dean Koontz
The Drive-In, Joe Lansdale (read everything Joe Lansdale, tho)
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton (shut up, is too a horror novel)
Monster Island, David Wellington
And that’s just like, the teeniest sampling.
Curious to hear yours, both movies and books.
Also, I’ll do the shameless self-promo shuffle, because ultimately I think what I write — despite their labels — ends up being horror as much as not.
If you want some scary business, get you to these two books:
Blackbirds (young woman can see how you’re going to die by touching you; print | ebook) or Invasive (futurist consultant to the FBI learns about a killer who is using genetically-modified skin-cutting ants as his weapon; print | ebook).
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