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Scary Summer Reading

Vampires and post-apocalyptic fiction are figuring heavily in my reading list lately.  I’ve been revisiting some of the classics, as well as exploring some of the newer books in the genre, like:

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker: I only recently got around to reading the classic of all vampire novels, and was delighted to find that it’s a classic for a reason.  We all know the plot of this story, but it’s worth reading, particularly if you like epistolary novels and social commentary. 
  • The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan: I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s film’s, so when I found out that he had written a novel I immediately checked it out.  In The Strain a virus is responsible for the plague of vampirism that begins spreading like wildfire throughout the island of Manhattan.  With plot similarities to Dracula and The Stand, creepy imagery, and zombie-like vampires, this ranks among one of the scarier books I’ve read recently. 
  • Let the Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist: This Swedish novel is both a vampire novel and a coming of age story, and the scary moments are contrasted with the touching friendship that develops between a bullied child and his strange new neighbor. 
  • The Last Man, by Mary Shelley: Shelley’s novel of a bleak future in which a plague has destroyed most of the human race is another classic I’ve only recently discovered.  As she does in Frankenstein, here Shelley also turns a critical eye to the masculine ideologies of the time. 
  • Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood: The dystopian future of Atwood’s novel unfolds through the memories of the man who may or may not be the only human left on earth, aside from a small community of genetically engineered and scientifically perfect people.  As the question of what happened to the rest of the human race is revealed, Atwood examines the troubling consequenses of the quest for perfection. 

So the question is: what to read next?  Leave a comment if you know of any good horror novels, new or classic, that are worth a read!


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