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30 Spooky Story Recommendations for All Hallows Read
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:33 pm, October 25th, 2011
Of course, some stories don’t fit all that neatly into one category or another, and so we put them here.
- “The Body Politic”
Clive Barker’s short story concerns a world where it is revealed that all human hands are sentient, and no longer wish to do as we would tell them. Charlie’s hands intend to lead the revolution, and to that end, against his will Right chops off Left so that he can raise a hand army through convincing other hands to do the same.
- Exquisite Corpse
So, think of Dexter, the serial killer who kills people he deems to be a threat to humanity. Now, take away the whole moral angle and replace it with a bloodthirsty fetish for murder, and this is Andrew Compton. And this is your protagonist. Andrew cruises the gay scenes of London and New Orleans in search of his next lover/victim, but he isn’t what you’d call “pure” in his intentions to just seduce and kill — he likes eating these guys. He isn’t ashamed of it, and he isn’t prudish about it, and you can’t even look away from it. Because when you read Exquisite Corpse, you are reading it from his perspective. You are Andrew Compton, and there is no escaping the cannibalistic, deviant thoughts in his head. And what’s even more disturbing is that his victims fall in love with him. They’re misfits, and you like them, but before too long, they’re prey.
And then he finds Jay Byrne, who is a guy exactly like him. Two of these guys. You know, it’s one of those romantic “I met this guy, and I wasn’t sure if he was on my team, but sure enough — he is also a cannibalistic serial killer!” stories to tell the kids!
- Galaxy of Fear
Galaxy of Fear is a series of twelve books written for younger readers, each about 100 pages long, concerning the scary adventures of siblings Zak and Tash, as they travel with their mysterious uncle Hoole through the galaxy. Which galaxy? The Star Wars galaxy.
Yes, this is Goosebumps: Star Wars. I have never read it, and I have no idea if it’s good, but if you can find it, please cackle on my behalf.
- The Bad Seed
Hey, you like kids? You’d probably love Rhoda Penmark. Just don’t deny her something she wants, or she’ll murder you. This book was controversial not because it features a child serial killer, but because it brought up the whole nature vs. nurture debate in the mid-1950s. Was Rhoda Penmark born evil? Her grandmother had exhibited the same homicidal behavior, but her mother did her best to provide a happy, comfortable lifestyle for her only daughter. And she still killed people for things as trivial as a penmanship medal. It’s such a sick, twisted story that when it was made into a movie for the first time, they had to change the ending to get past the Hays Code. (Evil could not go unpunished — in the book, Rhoda gets away with everything.) Lots of psychology, lots of sweet little girls committing unspeakable acts.
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