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Booking Through Thursday | Oh Horror!

Have it been a week again for Booking Through Thursday?

What with yesterday being Halloween, and all . . . do you read horror? Stories of things that go bump in the night and keep you from sleeping?

I spent the night watching Ringu, a Japanese horror movie. Ringu (リング) means ring in Japanese. It’s an unusual psychological horror story that begins when a bunch of high school kids received a fatal phone call and died of acute heart attack. Halfway through the movie my telephone went off and I couldn’t help belching out in horror! An English translation of the original novel is also available.

I have also read a few stories from Selected Tales of Edgar Allan Poe for Halloween. Most of the stories are more suspenseful than frightening, a bit unsettling. A personal favorite that I re-visit over and over again is The Tell-Tale Heart. I also read The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

11 Responses

  1. Yes, The Tell-Tale Heart is a brilliant story – and so creepy. It’s amazing how Poe can still cut it. That’s the classics for you!

  2. I’m a fan of horror, especially in the short story format. Favorites: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft. Nothing better than a creepy chill running along your spine….

  3. I remember reading Poe for a college course. I had to leave the lights on all night – I’m a wimp!

  4. Lesley:
    Welcome! I might have read The Tell-Tale Heart so many times but it still creeps me out! The story about morgue is just as spine-chilling! 🙂

    Greg:
    I can tell you’re fan of horror judging from your LibraryThing collections. I’ve made a note of your list of authors and stock up on the horror tales. 🙂

  5. BookGal:
    Welcome! You’re so funny! Actually I remember having a similar experience (leaving lights on) after watching The Exorcist! 🙂

  6. Funny about your phone!

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. I loved Ringu when I first saw it. I didn’t care much for the American version.

    I like “The Cask of Amontillado” by Poe, where he bricks up a guy in the wine cellar.

  8. Faulkner’s A rose for Emily is pretty creepy, though nothing actually jumps out and screams, “Boo!” I think it might have been a partial inspiration for Hitchcock’s Psycho. Henry James’s Turn of the Screw certainly gives me the heebie jeebies (The opera by Benjamin Britten based on it is very scary in some recordings). Edith Wharton wrote a very nice ghost story, I think its called The Letters. Very chilling. All Poe is wonderful, but Like Angie, my favorite is The Cask of Amontillado. Does Rappaccini’s Daughter count?

    Greg

  9. I always enjoy The Black Cat since Stanley is a black cat and he always looks at people with this ferocious stare.

  10. Isabel:
    It’s funny to think about it now. But at that moment it was really creeping me out. I wondered if I should even pick up the phone! 🙂

    Angie:
    Welcome! The American version is definitely more vanilla. It’s more suspenseful than creepy. I haven’t read The Cask of Amontillado since middle school (??) and I should go re-read it. 🙂

  11. Faulkner and Edith Wharton….I can never imagine their writing creepy stories. I need to hunt them down! Thank you for the pointer Greg, you’re so well read. 🙂

    John:
    the black cat is quite creepy too.

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