By Ashleigh, Ivy, and guest comic book reviewer Cam.
All Hallows Read. It’s a relatively new concept, and here at The Literature Hub we hope it sticks around. All Hallows Read was started by author Neil Gaiman, and the idea is to give someone a scary book (and also candy/lollies/sweets). If you want to know more about All Hallows Read, watch the video below.
Gaiman has come up with his own list of All Hallows Read recommendations (which you can read here), but we’d like to add to that. Below are our recommendations for All Hallows Read.
By Janice Harrell
And then there was one....
I took over my sister's life after she died, slipped into her place without missing a beat. I wore her favorite fuzzy sweater, kissed her boyfriend, inherited her friends ... and her enemies.
Elizabeth and Isabel hadn't seen each other since their parents divorced when they were three. Isabel stayed with her father, a brilliant and reclusive author. Elizabeth ended up with her mother, a jet-setting socialite who hopscotched her young daughter all over the world. Then Isabel is murdered -- and her twin wants to find out why. Because she was out of town when it happened, Isabel's friends don't know she's gone. And if Elizabeth has her way, they'll never find out. Only Elizabeth will know -- and the killer.
Who doesn’t love a good thriller? Twin Sisters is an easy to read YA novel that is best read late at night, in the dark, all alone. At first glance it doesn’t seem to be scary, but the longer Elizabeth pretends to be her twin, the more she is in trouble. Witches are having their Coven meetings in her backyard. Things keep going missing from her bedroom. Strange things are happening inside the Herrick household, and the culprit behind it all may be closer than she thinks…
By Jason Mott
“Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.”
Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep-flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.
All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.
Did you ever see the Resurrection tv show that started in 2014? Well, this is the book that started it all. Both the TV show and the book explore what could happen if all of a sudden the dead came back to life, exactly the same as before they had died.
DEAD WITCH WALKING
By Kim Harrison
Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world’s human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.
Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals throughout modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.
Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel’s latest assignments – apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns – have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.
But no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.
All good mysteries and crime solving stories take time. And Dead Witch Walking is just that, a cauldron put on the stove to simmer. It’s the preparation, the attention, and overall, the journey to the end that makes waiting for final moment satisfying.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Comic)
By Scott Snyder & Stephen King
Which of the following is false?
Vampires: Suck your blood. Bite you with fangs. Get stronger in sunlight.
Answer: None of them.
Chronicling the history of a new breed of vampire, American Vampire is a fresh look at an old monster, a generational epic showcasing the bloodlust that lay hidden beneath America’s most distinctive eras.
Like most good stories, it all starts with a question: What if vampires, like all species, evolved? What if, occasionally across generations, a vampire bites someone and creates a new kind of creature—a vampire that takes its strengths and weaknesses—not just from its predecessors, but its environment. So when crusty old Europeans come to the American Old West and turn a thoroughly corrupt gunslinger named Skinner Sweet into even more of a monster, he becomes something entirely new: a new breed of vampire immune to sunlight, one that hates every last one of his aristocratic European ancestors.
Follow this dark symbol of the New World as he moves through American history’s most distinctive eras—1880s Old West, 1930s Las Vegas, World War II and more. But as Skinner’s war with his predecessors inspires a mysterious society to rise and fight them both, his most upsetting decision might be the first person he chooses to join his vampiric ranks:
A struggling young movie star named Pearl Jones.
Stephen King is arguably one of the greatest modern horror/thriller writers ever. Scott Snyder is partly responsible for how big of a deal the Joker is in mainstream media. American Vampire is a long running series that really makes you keep wanting to read more.
By Paul Tobin & Juan Ferreyra
Declan Thomas is an ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person's madness — and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, as a demonic predator pursues him.
Colder has fantastic art and simple but effective language. You can't help but love the villains as much as you love the heroes.
LOCKE & KEY (Comic)
By Joe Hill
The Eisner-nominated Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!
Locke & Key is a terrifying masterpiece written by the son of Stephen King. It doesn’t use the shock factor or gore to be terrifying because it doesn’t need to. It is too violent for younger audiences, so we would not recommend it to anyone under 15.
So that's our recommendations for All Hallows Read! What's the best scary story you've read? Comment below! And if you end up reading one of these stories (of if you've already read them) did you like them? What are your thoughts?
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