Recommended Reads for Halloween 2017!

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Another day of the year or time to dress up and party? Whatever your take,, Halloween can’t be far from anyone’s mind as the end of October approaches conjuring for many of us, amongst other thoughts, the notion of shutting the door on the dark outside and curling up with something appropriately… spooky? Eerie? Macabre? Chilling?

Well whether you’re a book reader or a book seller, we think we’ve got all of that covered with some of the great publishing from the latter half of the year for your at-home and in-store shelves and tables: Fiction, Graphic Novels… and Non-Fiction as well – we hope you like!

NB. Description is from our monthly recommend page in question. We believe in supporting bricks and mortar and independent stores. ISBN’s are included for retailers and we’re in the process of updating with HIVE links for independent book shops alongside our Waterstone’s links.

See also our selection of new greats from 2016 – well why not? 😉

 

YA / Middle Grade Selection

ZOMBIE 18 * Alan Cowsill * 9780995699410 * PB * £7.99 * Mar 17
“I will not die.”In a post-apocalypse world where everyone over eighteen has become a zombie, seventeen-year-old Alex Stevens and his friends fight their way across England to save Alex’s kid sister from certain death. But the dead are not the only threat they face in a world plunged into chaos…
* YA Indie Author highlight: Check out also Alan’s Punch Drunk Kisses in our September (Adult) Fiction highlights and our profile of UK comics veteran Mr Alan Cowsill on Carabas here!

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GRAVE MATTER * Juno Dawson with Alex T Smith * 9781781126042 * PB * £7.99 * Barrington Stoke * Special shout out for Juno Dawson who brings you a creepy YA tale of a dark pact in a supernatural realm after a young woman dies in a crash… For those who find reading challenging and those who want a quality but easy read (as per the rest of BS’s range) at the spooky time of year…

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HOUSE OF HELL * Steve Jackson * 9781407182001 * PB * £6.99 * Scholastic * Sep 17

The re-release of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series that began in August continues (this from the September batch)! These are the choose your own adventure stories where the reader makes decisions by turning to a page of choice to continue the story.Looking back the majority of the Titan world-set adventures were penned by Ian L, while Steve Jackson covered other genres; here it’s a present-day horror in which the ‘hero’ is caught in an old house populated by demon-worshippers and supernatural nasties besides…

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Non-Fiction for Halloween

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HAUNTED: ON GHOSTS, WITCHES, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES, AND OTHER MONSTERS OF THE NATURAL AND SUPERNATURAL WORLDS * Leo Braudy * 9780300203806 * HB * £25.00 * Yale University Press * Jan 17

An award-winning scholar and author charts four hundred years of monsters and how they reflect the culture that created them. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula).

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STUDYING HAMMER HORROR * Victoria Grace Walden * 9781906733322 * PB * £13.00 * Columbia University Press * Jan 17

Although the team behind Hammer Studios never initially intended to focus on any one genre, it is for a particular brand of horror films that it is most remembered. Victoria Grace Walden reevaluates classic film theories, such as genre and auteur studies, and considers philosophical approaches to understanding Hammer s engagement with gender, national identity, postcolonial issues and the occult. At the heart of the book s narrative is the question, what is it that makes Hammer s horror films British?

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ZOMBIE CINEMA (QUICK TAKES: MOVIES AND POPULAR CULTURE) * Ian Olney * 9780813579474 * PB * £14.64(?) * Rutgers University Press * Mar 17

Zombie Cinema charts the transformation of these horror film monsters into pop culture icons, exploring their enormous appeal to views in the twenty-first century. It traces the evolution of the living dead on film from the voodoo slaves of White Zombie and I Walked With a Zombie to the reanimated ghouls of Night of the Living Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters to the rabid infected of 28 Days Later and World War Z, and surveys the present cinematic landscape, in which zombies have overrun every imaginable genre from the indie comedy, Zombieland, to the teen romance, Warm Bodies, to the animated children’s movie, Paranorman. The book also maps the recent outbreaks of zombies on television, in hit shows like The Walking Dead and Dead Set, and points to signs of an impending apocalypse in new media, including video games, Left 4 Dead, web series, Bite Me, and smartphone apps, Plants vs. Zombies.

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BEYOND HAMMER: BRITISH HORROR CINEMA SINCE 1970 * James Rose * 9781903663974 * PB * £22.00 * Columbia University Press * Apr 17

Written in a format accessible to the student, tutor and general horror film enthusiast, Beyond Hammer provides new critical readings of classic, contemporary and lesser-seen films of the post-Hammer British horror canon, including The Vampire Lovers, The Wicker Man, Death Line, An American Werewolf in London, Hellraiser, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, 28 Days Later, The Last Horror Movie, Shaun of the Dead and The Descent.

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THE WITCH: A HISTORY OF FEAR, FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT * Ronald Hutton * 9780300229042 * HB * £25 * Yale University Press * Aug 17

Ronald Hutton has long established himself as an authority on pagansim in history and the present with previous titles from Oxford University Press. Yale have snapped him up here for this Trade-end focus on witches…

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VIDEO DUNGEON * Kim Newman * 9781783299393 * PB * £14.99 * Titan Books * Sep 17

Horror novelist and go-to film commentator Kim Newman has reviewed the best and worst DTV B-movies for Empire magazine for some time. Here Titan compile a first installment for your reading – and possibly watching – pleasure…

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THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES * Michael Gingold * 9781903254950 * PB * £16.99 * FAB Press * Sep 17

Celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold starts in the silent era and traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorised the ’50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the ’70s and ’80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years – they’re all here.”

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WHY HORROR SEDUCES * Mathias Clasen * 9780190666514 * PB * £19.99 * Oxford University Press * Nov 17

And this last one is more of a Halloween shout ahead, coming as it is the month following. Anyway, continuing our mission to serve up the latest works on fantastical genres, here’s Mathias Clasen relates how evolutionary social science explains a love of horror – reflecting on the favourites and greats naturally

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Adult Fiction for Halloween

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ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES * Kim Newman * 9781781165706 * PB * £7.99 * Titan * Feb 17

A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein s monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jeyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899 , which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

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YOUR RESTING PLACE * David Towsey * 9781782064435 * PB * £9.99 * Jo Fletcher Books * Mar 17

Haunting, elegiac, evocative and human’ Christopher Brookmyre, author of Dead Girl Walking Perfect for fans of The Walking Dead and The Road: the stunning, terrifying, moving conclusion to The Walkin’ Trilogy. Is there a future for those already dead? Rumours of the Drowned Woman are rife. Some say she can’t be killed, not in the usual ways. She hunts down wanted men – but never collects on the bounty; they say she is looking for one man in particular. He killed her husband and stole her daughter. There will be a reckoning.

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THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE * M. R. Carey * 9780356503530 * HB * 16.99 * Little Brown * May 17
Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.To where the monsters lived.In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of The Girl With All the Gifts, the phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller which is now a critically acclaimed film starring Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.”
The follow-up to The Girl With All the Gifts – can a film be far behind? Also in case you missed there’s Mr Carey’s standalone horror Fellside from last year to check out. And you can check out our Creator Profile of Mike C here…
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ANNO DRACULA – ONE THOUSAND MONSTERS * Kim Newman * 9781781165638 * PB * £7.99 * Titan Books * Oct 17

The fifth of Kim Newman’s vampire alt history series of which there is one serious fanbase. As to this Japan-set installment, well we just have to say click the link if even vaguely of interest: It just sounds utterly bonkers, but doubtless the great Newman makes it work and then some…

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Graphic Novels for Halloween

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WEIRD DETECTIVE * Fred Van Lente, Guiu Villanova * 9781506700380 * PB * £14.99 * Dark Horse * Feb 17
The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them it takes a monster to catch a monster.
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PROVIDENCE HC 1 FINAL PRINTING * Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows * 9781592912919 * HC * £17.99 * Avatar Press * Mar 17
Due to overwhelming demand, we offer one final printing of the Providence Act 1 Hardcover! Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. We present a collected Providence Act 1 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #1-4, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of the edition. There will be Act 2 and Act 3 Hardcovers in the coming months, also limited to single production runs. This will not be kept in print any further and this is the final opportunity to get a hardcover edition of the first chapter of Alan Moore’s horror masterpiece .
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THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 27 * Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn * 9781534300521 * PB * £13.99 * Image

THE WHISPERER WAR PART 1

The time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he’s built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this… there will be a cost.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #157-162.

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THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 28 * Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn * 9781534302440 * PB * £13.99 * Image

In the aftermath of The Whisperer War–ALL IS LOST as Rick and all of Alexandria fight for survival against the largest horde of walkers they’ve ever faced.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #163-168.

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HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA * Mike Mignola, Gary Gianni, Dave Stewart * 9781506701431 * PB * £12.50 * Dark Horse * May 17
Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature. Following the events of Hellboy: The Island (Dark Horse), Gary Gianni draws Hellboy in an original graphic novel.
Original Graphic Novel – ie. not a collection of previously available comics: Hellboy fans will be after this volume
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SUMMER MAGIC * Alan McKenzie, John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse * 9781781085417 * PB * £19.99 * 2000 AD * May 17
In the summer of 1962, young Luke Kirby is sent to stay with his Uncle Elias(a man he had never met) in a British village called Lunstead, while his mother recuperates from an illness. Elias reveals himself to be a magician, well versed in the alchemical arts and eager to pass his skills onto his young nephew. But as the apprenticeship begins a new, bestial horror begins to stalk those unfortunate enough to wander alone at night in the woods. Will the burgeoning magician be powerful enough to confront the monster? To enter this world of wonder, childhood innocence must be sacrificed…(Limited hardback available from 2000 AD by pre-order)
Before Harry Potter there was Luke Kirby. This rather blew our minds when we read it in the late 80s in the pages of 2000 AD. Available again for your enjoyment in collected form. Recommended.
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GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY * MR James, Leah Moore, John Reppion * 9781910593394 * PB * £9.99 * Self Made Hero * Oct 17

We included vol 1 in our highlights last year ready for Halloween so figured we’d best make sure you were aware of Vol 2 as well… Includes graphic adaptations of: Number 13, Count Magnus, Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas…

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