Winter Reading List 2021

I am so sorry today’s post is a bit late, I almost forgot I had an extra shift today so I needed to finish it when I got back from work.

It’s only the second of December, yet I am already feeling the festive vibes.

That’s saying something since, for the past four or so years, I didn’t get into the holiday spirit until the week of the big day. This year? I caught myself humming Christmas carols in the last week of November. Well, horror parodies of Christmas classics, but close enough.

Namely, this one called Fishmen. A musical recap of my favourite H.P. Lovecraft story, The Shadow over Innsmouth. I can’t get the tune out of my head, so here it is for you to enjoy too.

For me, winter is a time for both cosy readings, but also horror. It is the darkest time of the year, so why not indulge in darker reading? Winter is also the time of year when I read the most. For some folk, that’s summer, but my brain melts in the heat, making it hard for me to focus. 

So, what am I planning on reading this season? 

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

My current read, I started it this morning. If it is good enough for Stephen King, it’s good enough for me.

After experimentation on a young girl goes terribly wrong, sinister events kick-off. Occult rituals, suicides and people disappearing.

Funnily enough, it turns out Lovecraft himself was a fan, as he was quoted as saying “Of Mr. Machen’s horror-tales the most famous is perhaps The Great God Pan which tells of a singular and terrible experiment and its consequences.” That sounds like a glowing review to me, so on my most recent book binge, I picked up a copy. I know I can read it for free since it is public domain, but I prefer physical copies. 

So far, I’m really unsettled but enjoying it. I can see why it is considered a classic of the horror genre.

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Inspired by the real horrors that befell the doomed Donner Party, this bone-chilling novel sounds promising.

The Donner Party’s trek to California seems to be cursed. From battling two weather extremes, infighting and dwindling supplies the end looks so far away. However, when members of the travelling party start to vanish, the ones left need to ask themselves, what is going on?

Is the devil in the camp?

I first heard about this novel on the Reading Glasses podcast and had to check it out. It seems taking real historical tragedies and adding some supernatural spice is Katsu’s thing. I’ll be honest, I’m here for it.

I first heard about this novel on the Reading Glasses podcast and had to check it out. It seems taking real historical tragedies and adding some supernatural spice is Katsu’s thing. I’ll be honest, I’m here for it.

Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings

I think, by this point, it is a well-established fact that I like spooky stories.

Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings is a creepy collection of seasonal scares, courtesy of the British Library. Spirits of the Season is just one of them, they have several available this year, but I went with this volume as it has a story by Algernon Blackwood, an inspiration to Lovecraft, whom I have been meaning to read for a while but it is kind of hard to get a hold of any of this work. 

Christmas crime capers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I can’t get enough of them at this time of year. 

Every year, I read at least one collection of Christmas crime stories. They tend to make for cosy reading by the fire.

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

I was going to borrow this book from the library, but there was a snag. Namely, there were at least twelve people who had already requested one of five copies. So, I broke my book ban to buy it.

Jade Daniels doesn’t have what anyone would consider an easy life. Her home life is abusive and the town at large ignores her pain. Her only comfort, oddly enough, is horror movies. Practically the mask-wearing slasher breed. So when the blood starts to spill outside of the silver screen, Jade knows how this is going to play out. Or at least, let’s hope she does.

I have heard nothing but good things about this novel. As a diehard slasher fan myself, I can’t wait to tear into this book!

What are you planning on reading this holiday season? Let me know!

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