With the upcoming series The Terror scheduled to air on AMC this March, I decided to take a look at the Dan Simmons novel which inspired it. This thriller about sailors stranded in the Arctic ice is based on the true story of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in the mid-19th century. During an attempt to find and plot the so-called Northwest Passage, a treacherous venture through frozen territory, over one hundred crewmen and two British warships — one of which was HMS Terror — vanished in the ice.
Way back on the first of January, 1818, a slim, but riveting novel about a mad scientist and his monstrous creation was released to the public. It was called Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, and is thought by many to be the first true science fiction novel. By 1823, Mary Wolstencraft Shelley was finally credited as the author, earning her lasting fame and an endless stream of imitators.
Victor Frankenstein and his monster have been adapted into film and television almost as many times as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, iconic cinematic characters that keep Halloween stores stocked and profitable, and Gothic horror fans like me always hunting for more. In honor of Shelley’s contribution to Gothic literature, which turns 200 this year, I decided to look at a remarkable reinvention of the same story: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.
The second half of my spooky reading list is for grownups who love a good scare. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or branching out of your comfort zone, take a look at some of these creepy October reads!
It’s late, and you’ve decided to do a little light reading before turning in for the night. By the soft light of the bedside lamp, you pick up the first book in John Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series, Revenge of the Witch. As you crack open the book you hear a soft rumbling from the storm outside. You snuggle a bit more under the covers and open up to where you left off and read, “And open it did, very slowly, with a loud creak. Something stepped into the room. I felt coldness then. Real coldness. The kind of coldness that told me something was close that didn’t belong on this earth.” What’s going to happen? Is it a spirit? Is it a man? You start to feel the dread thirteen-year-old Tom must be feeling, when suddenly, RIIIIIING! You nearly jump out of your skin as your phone rings to life. Holy ghost! Spirits, and boggarts, and witches, oh my! When John Delaney put this spooky tale down on paper, he wasn’t messing around!
Hey, do you like scary movies? If so, I’ve got just the thing to make your skin crawl. The Babadook just hit the shelves at the CPL, and I am so excited to be able to share this film with my fellow booklovin’ horror fans. The Babadook is about a creepy children’s pop-up book. You love books! You love horror movies! Discover the terror when you check out The Babadook at your local library!