A chilling read to put you off your adventure holidays
Home invasion horror from the genius mind of Paul Tremblay
Shopping for flat pack furniture turns into more of a nightmare than usual...
Author: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
From the back: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.
Title: We have always lived in the castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
From the back: Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone.
Title: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
Author: Paul Tremblay
From the back: Late one night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace.
On clowns, Hanson and all things scary
Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks
Author: Jason Arnopp
From the back: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
I just love a little bit of dystopia.
I think I might have an addiction.
But it’s a damn good addiction – one, incidentally, that can be enjoyed while eating enough chocolate to make you sick over a bank holiday weekend. Just saying.
And here’s how I’m currently drowning myself in dystopia – in the thoughts and dreams of what happens when things go wrong.
When humanity goes wrong.
When we forget to safeguard the good things.
Reading: I picked up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro yesterday. I’ve barely scratched the surface of it yet but I’m already hooked – the conversational tone, the way he folds in back-story, the delicate and gradual reveal of what ‘current times’ are like. Also, when you’ve got someone like Margaret Atwood quoted on the blurb as saying “A brilliantly executed book by a master craftsman who has chosen a difficult subject: ourselves, seen through a glass, darkly” then how could you not give it a go?
Watching: Well of course it’s The Walking Dead, right? I mean, I might have mentioned before that I really love a good zombie flick, but I mean The Walking Dead just takes the festering pieces of animated flesh and runs (staggers, flails, gurgles through decaying lips) with it. I love it, and although for me the start of the current series was a little slow going, it’s picking up pace and I am glued. I am, however, saving the last three episodes of the series to watch in one big hit, so if you want to chat about it then *la la la la la la la la*
Listening: I discovered that The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is playing on BBC Radio. It won’t be there for much longer (think you’ve only got a couple of days to catch the first part) but, seriously, go and do it. The Chrysalids was by far and away one of my favourite books as a kid, and is on my list to re-read in the next few months. And whenever I think about it, I feel a knot of horror twist deep in my belly.
And with that you have my current dystopian input, but what’s yours?
And please don’t say the news. Because the news, at the moment, pretty much makes me want to cry, or punch someone.