Happy Halloween! This week Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a Halloween-themed freebie, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite horror stories that pay homage to classics! I couldn’t quite come up with ten, but here are some books, TV shows and movies to occupy your Halloween 2018.
I haven’t done one of these roundups in quite a while, partly because I’ve been having trouble actually finishing any new media I start. I’ve mentioned in other posts that this summer has been crazy busy with changes at work and home (and I plan to post about that soon!) but in short, it hasn’t left a lot of time to read full-length books, or finish a whole TV series, etc. But last month I had a few really great books, TV shows, and even a podcast to recommend, so here they are for your consideration!
What I read
The Silent Wife is, sadly, A. S. A. Harrison’s only fiction novel completed before her death. I say sadly, because this book, though slim, blew me away with just how quickly it slips under your skin. I put it down only because I worked early the next day and needed sleep! It’s a gripping mystery/thriller about the breakdown of a relationship and I’m not kidding when I say I had no idea how this story would end until the very last page. That’s high praise considering how many crime/thriller books I read and how I’ve started to become accustomed to patterns within.
A Death of No Importance is the debut adult novel from Mariah Fredericks, and follows maid Jane Prescott through upper-crust New York society in 1910 as she tries to solve the murder of her mistress’ playboy lover. This was a fast-paced book and very hard to put down, and I hope Fredericks will pen more mystery novels soon!
What I watched (Netflix)
The Frozen Dead is a French crime thriller about the cat-and-mouse game between an aging detective and the serial killer he sent to a mental hospital. When the sister of the killer’s last victim enters the picture, Investigator Servaz must try to find redemption while untangling a new string of brutal murders. Safe is based on Harlen Coben’s novel about a group of families living in a gated community whose sense of safety is shattered when a young man turns up dead and his girlfriend missing. This was a binge-worthy show and makes me eager to check out more of Coben’s thrillers. Requiem is billed as horror but it’s honestly a creepy mystery more than anything. Following her mother’s suicide, a young woman becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is actually a girl who disappeared as a child from a small Welsh town. This show has a total WTF ending but I think it perfectly suited the overall mood of the show!
What I listened to (Spotify)
I admit, I’m a podcast virgin, but The Black Tapes has me totally hooked on the concept. The fictional show follows a journalist as she investigates supposedly unexplained supernatural mysteries in the files of a doctor who may just be the world’s biggest skeptic. But are all unexplained horrors so easily dismissed? This podcast can be suuuuuuper creepy at times so I really don’t recommend listening to it at night! I just wrapped up season one and can’t wait to dive into seasons two and three.
Do you have any good book, TV or podcast recommendations for me? (Especially mystery/crime?) Let me know in the comments!
I used to do these posts as a recap of all the books I’d read the month prior. These days I’m still reading books, but I’m also spending more time watching TV and movies and listening to new music. Therefore, I thought it only fitting I update this monthly roundup accordingly! Here are some of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately (including a playlist for November 2017!).
I’m not even sure where I first heard this song or why it’s been stuck in my head lately, but it has, so I’ve been singing it to Captain Jack while we hang out together.
(Yep, this pic is hella blurry. My cats don’t like to hold still for photos so a lot of my photos of them look very shaky because I was in such a rush to focus and snap.)
I’ve loved Pride and Prejudice for years. I love books and movies with zombies. So obviously, when I found Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I fell in love! If you’ve already read the book and saw the movie this weekend, and are now looking for other titles in a similar vein, here are five of my picks you might enjoy:
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange. What if Elizabeth Bennett’s beloved wasn’t quite the dashing gentleman she imagined him to be?
Phoenix Rising (The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1), by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Corsets, check. Feisty heroines, check. Unabashed fun, check.
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Not gonna lie, the ending wasn’t as tear-jerking as I hoped. But this was still an awesome book about (get ready) rage zombies in outer space.
The Zombie Survival Guide, by Max Brooks. You didn’t think this would not be on the list, did you?
Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James. Not of the undead kind, unfortunately—just regular murder—but this is still a fun re-imagining of life with the Darcys. Also a PBS miniseries, if you’d rather watch it than read it.
Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or seen the movie? What did you think? Any similar titles you’d recommend to me? (If you haven’t read the book yet, make sure to enter my giveaway over here!)