Friday, October 30, 2009
Happy Almost Halloween--Some Creepy Short Stories for You!
Last night I read a bit of 13 TO LIFE at an event at a local indie bookstore (The Green Toad in Oneonta, NY). Pal and CP Deborah Blake set the whole thing up with the store's owner (a wonderful and supportive woman). I brought some books to give away (including HUNTED by PC Cast and WINGS by Aprilyne Pike and a bunch of paperbacks) and Deb and Michelle had plenty of great prizes for attendees, too. By the end of the hour long event everyone had at least one prize.
The section of 13 TO LIFE I read was one that I'd added in during copyedits (only my husband and my editor had seen it--I'm big on giving people something that's uniquely theirs in some way). It had some "werewolfy goodness" and a touch of suspense (and folks came up after I read and said now they really wanted to buy the book and seriously, they had to wait until June?).
Reading that section made me think back to my favorite creepy and suspenseful short stories. I decided I'd make a list of links to any I could find on the web.
So, if you want to be creeped out (or just blink a little in stunned silence after you're done reading) these are the stories I suggest...
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (this is the only e-text in the list that requires a download from Project Gutenberg; creepy but not chilling)
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (an absolute classic that's been redone in many ways on screen both big and small)
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (creepy 1st person POV! one of my absolute faves!)
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (more creepy 1st person POV! another fave--great to read dramatically!)
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (another of my absolute favorites, dystopian)
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe (visually rich and haunting)
The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs (one of the most memorable and scary stories--often mentioned by the greats of the horror genre as one of their favorites)
The Legend of the Hounds by George Henry Boker (a long poem from his publication Konigsmark, one of my personal favorites in part because it was a regional favorite--had strange regional ties to ghost stories--where I grew up; you can download the whole book via Google (which is good since most of the actual books were bought up by the family whose history he questions in the poem and destroyed))
If you have others that make your personal list of favorite creepy short stories, feel free to mention them in the comments.
Have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!