Saturday, May 13, 2017

10 Dark Themed and Horror Books that I loved to read

It was Halloween month when I was invited by Beatriz Paludetto from the youtube channel A Quimera to respond the literary tag: Macabre, which consists of seven questions about horror and suspense books. Taking advantage of the fact that I love dark themed books and it was October, month when happened All Hallows Read, an event that encourages reading horror works of literature, I found a really cool opportunity and decided to accept the challenge to record a video for the blog on Youtube and talk about some books.

Are you curious? Watch below the video of the Literary Tag: Macabre (with English subtitles)!

The original video of the tag Macabre can be checked in the channel of Beatriz Paludetto (A Quimera) and just like the questions, for those who have interest in answering.

For those who prefer to check the content on the blog, I will list below which books have been mentioned:

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty: The Exorcist is the kind of reading that awakens feelings in readers of all ages, regardless of their beliefs. The climate of tension created by William Peter Blatty, transports us to the sealed scenarios where the good and evil forces face each other and the people around are in danger. Even for readers who are not afraid of horror stories, like me, the book leaves its mark.

Possessed by Thomas B. Allen: For those who liked The Exorcist, the book Possessed comes as another option to savor. While William Peter Blatty ventured into the horror and fiction to tell the story, the journalist and writer Thomas B. Allen decided to focus on the facts. The work of non-fiction, despite not having the proposal to frighten, ends up leaving some readers shivering.

The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan: The Drowning Girl is one of those readings that surround us in a way that days, weeks and months go by and I still think about the story of Imp, the narrator and protagonist who has schizophrenia. With so many possibilities of interpretations and references, it is a book that I want to read again soon.

The Shining by Stephen King: First, I watched the movie. By the time I saw The Shining, I had to rent the VHS tapes to watch. Even though I was not old enough to understand everything that was happening, I was marked by Stephen King. Years later, I read and reread the book and I love the deja vu when I'm feel inside the Overlook Hotel, in that endless loop of follies and hauntings.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe: Harry Clarke's illustrations for this edition of the Tales of Imagination and Mystery were wonderful! When visual art and literature come together, the combination is incredible. Edgar Allan Poe remains one of my favorite writers of all time.

The Boy Who Drew Monters by Keith Donohue: Imagination? Delusions? Dreams? I love books that play along the line between psychological terror and supernatural terror! In the book The Boy Who Drew Monsters, we ventured into the mind of a little boy with Asperger's syndrome. When the people close to him begin to see the same things he sees, everyone finds themselves involved in a mind-blowing plot.

I See Kate (Eu Vejo Kate available on Portuguese) by Claudia Lemes: Three narrators, three characters, but one of them is dead. When a writer decides to write a book about a serial killer and murders with a pattern similar to his begin to happen, what to expect? The book I See Kate is a thriller from those who get you hooked up from the beginning to the end of the reading!

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker: In a universe of cenobites and demons, Detective Harry D'amour finds himself in pandemonium. Clive Barker surprised me once more. After reading The Hellbound Heart, I was fissured by reading The Scarlet Gospels. A delightful experience for those who like dark narratives.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King: Four novellas, four stories about human horrors and perversions. In the end, man is more frightening than any supernatural creature. Stephen King does not disappoint in the book Full Dark, No Stars!

The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle: For those who liked the horror movies The Conjuring and Annabelle, imagine how it feels to read the reports of the couple of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren? A very tasty read for anyone who is curious about this supernatural universe and knows that some lines should not be crossed.

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Check it out my book Escrita Maldita (The Cursed Writing is available only on Portuguese. The English version will be available soon or I hope so!):

Synopsis: After becoming a bestseller with his debut horror novel, Daniel Luckman is about to realize a dream: writing a book with Laurence Loud, one of the best horror writers of recent times. When the colleague sets foot in his house, strange things begin to happen. The line between fiction and reality, madness and sanity, nightmares and hallucinations are dissolved. A story of mysteries, dark past and love. When two horror writers come together to write a story, anything can happen.

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