For someone who can’t even read Agatha Christie after dark, I’m surprised to find how much I like Carl V.’s idea for autumn reading. It’s pretty simple. Choose five gothic, scary, look-over-your-shoulder, shiver-as-you read, books. Write about them as you finish them. Maybe I want to do this because I like the idea of seeing what scares other people. Surely, I am not the only faint-hearted blogger. My plan is to read my scary books outside, during the heat wave that is known as Indian Summer around here. (At night, I like a good magazine, preferably one with pictures of food. Nice food, that is. Not scary food, like sea urchin or very, very soft boiled eggs.)
Now, as you may know, I’ve got to finish my own mystery pretty soon here, so I can’t take on five entire books. But I’m thinking that five short stories might do the trick, especially since I want to read Ray Bradbury, who is such a fine writer, and from whom much inspiration can be taken.
So, that’s what I’m going to do, as soon as I can get over to BookMooch and find some Bradbury for the mooching. I’m thinking it’ll be The Martian Chronicles. When the book comes, I’ll put together a preliminary list of five great Ray Bradbury stories. Perhaps you already know which Bradbury stories are the classics — or there’s a short story that scared the dickens out of you. (Could even be Dickens, eh? Sorry.) Do let me know, will you? I wouldn’t mind being frightened by more than one writer.