The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The TellTale Heart and Ohter Stories Edgar Allan Poe

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

True! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

Edgar Allan Poe has written some of my favourite short stories and poems. I have, however, never read his whole work. This book is an excellent introduction to it, with a good selection of his short stories and novellas. It also includes The Raven, though that’s the only poem in the book (I sort of missed Annabel Lee, another favourite of mine).

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Cujo by Stephen King

Cujo Stephen King

Rating: 1.5 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.

Plot

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole. Except it isn’t a rabbit warren any more. It is a cave inhabited by rabid bats.

And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him . . .

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box Josh Malerman

Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★

Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.

Plot

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

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The World of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

The World of Lore Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Hollywood is obsessed.

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They live in shadows–deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They’re spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives’ tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves.

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark No Stars Stephen King

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Plot

Is it possible to fully know anyone? Even those we love the most? What tips someone over the edge to commit a crime?

For a Nebraska farmer, the turning point comes when his wife threatens to sell off the family homestead.

A cozy mystery writer plots a savage revenge after a brutal encounter with a stranger.

Dave Streeter gets the chance to cure himself from illness – if he agrees to impose misery on an old rival.

And Darcy Anderson discovers a box containing her husband’s dark and terrifying secrets – he’s not the man who keeps his nails short and collects coins. And now he’s heading home . . .

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood.

Plot

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

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The Ghost of Molly Holt by Amy Cross

The Ghost of Molly Holt Amy Cross

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Bright morning sunlight streams down through gaps in the forest canopy, as two cars rumble closer along the dirt road.

Plot

When three teenagers set out to explore an abandoned house in the middle of a forest, they think they’ve found the location where the infamous Molly Holt video was filmed.

They’ve found much more than that…

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