Saturday, September 24, 2011
Better late than never, I suppose. I look forward to this challenge all year long - it doesn't seem like autumn is here without it, actually. Plus I always mourn the passing of the halcyon summer days, and knowing that Halloween is around the corner inevitably cheers me up.
If you enjoy reading horror and dark fantasy - or if you'd like to get your feet wet but aren't sure where to start, you absolutely must head over to supreme challenge host Carl's blog, Stainless Steel Droppings, to check it out. And don't miss the review site, the place to go to check out reviews posted by challenge participants. I can't tell you how many fantastic book recommendations I've picked up from the review site from this challenge as well as the other challenges hosted by Carl throughout the course of the year.
As always, Carl offers several categories of challenge that readers can sign up for, from novels to short stories, to films. I plan to read as many creepy-themed tales as possible and post my reviews (maybe bypassing my backlog of reviews to get them up in a timely manner). I always plan to post short story reviews as well, but of course this is such a busy time of year, so I rarely manage it. Hope springs eternal, though!
Here are some of the possibilities for the challenge this fall. If anyone loved (or was disappointed in) any of these, I'd sure love to hear about it!
Teeth (an anthology) edited by Datlow and Winling
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Manifest by Artist Arthur
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I always do at least one spooky read-aloud for my kids, and this year I'm reading them Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which I read last summer and adored. So far they love it, and are ever so slightly creeped out. Heh, heh.