And also, only 7 weeks til Halloween!
Is it ever too early to start thinking about Halloween? Personally, I love Halloween and all the various representations of the horror genre. Here are some books and movies that I hope will get you, too, into the Halloween spirit!
Let’s start with the movie Gremlins! Just because this film takes place around the festive season doesn’t mean it’s all holly jolly. It’s a great 1984 classic that begins with a father buying his son a pet for Christmas. The reluctant shop keepers sells the father a “Mogwai,” but this pet comes with 3 very important rules that must be followed… or else.
Next is one of my favorite horror movies, The Cabin in the Woods. It starts like a typical horror movie: 5 friends going to a cabin that someone’s cousin just bought but no one has seen yet. But then the door to the basement blows open and the friends can’t resist looking at all the creepy artifacts unknowingly confirming their demise. All the while a group of technicians are placing bets, watching and manipulating the horrors as they unfold. The friends must come together if they have any hope of survival and escape from the cabin in the woods.
Now for some books; let’s start with Stephen King’s IT. A group of 7 friends begin their summer seeing strange and terrifying things. A group of 7 adults get a phone call asking them to come back home as promised. There’s an evil that wakes up every few decades as children go missing at an alarming rate, but none of the adults seem to notice. How can a group of 7 friends fight such an evil being?
Next is a YA pick: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys is a book of short stories by a variety of authors like Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth), Leigh Bardugo (the Shadow and Bone Trilogy), and Kendare Blake (the Anna Dressed in Blood series) and so many other amazing authors. There are tales of horror, thrillers, supernatural creatures, and some that almost seem like reality.
The Haunted Mask 2 is by R.L. Stine. Steve decides he needs a new terrifying mask for Halloween and goes to the same shop his friend Carly went to earlier and almost had her face permanently changed. This year Steve found a mask that is even scarier than Carly’s, but what happens when he can’t get the mask off??
Last up is a graphic novel called Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince. It’s the first instalment of a series filled with a variety of short stories that are all connected by the Ice Cream Man. Wherever he goes delivering ice cream, sorrow, wonder and terror follow. Each story follows a character dealing with their own struggles and no matter what, the Ice Cream Man isn’t far behind. But who or what is the Ice Cream Man? Is he a God? A demon of some sort? Is he really your friendly neighbourhood ice cream man with a colorful musical truck?
All the best of terrors!