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Here it is. The final list of my to be read in October. I have to admit to a little trepidation. But even if I only make it through the first list, that’s still ten books. That puts me ten books closer to my reading goal of one hundred books for the year. And just to give you fair forewarning, yes. There are three Disney villain books on here. I don’t want to hear anything about how they’re not scary. If a stepmother sending her stepkid into the woods to be killed isn’t scary to you, you’re on a whole different level than me. Plus, I may have Disney on the brain with an upcoming trip being planned. And BooBash looks like so much fun. Anyway. I also have a few re-reads. Because I loved them so much I have to revisit with them. Even if they scared the hell out of me the first time I read them. So, without further ado, here’s the last eleven books on my thirty one in thirty one challenge. I’ve included my book bingo card again, in case you missed it on the last two blogs.

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The Torment Of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus

From the Amazon description – Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.

About Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.

To learn more about the author and their other works, click here. https://amzn.to/3EM6z1S

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (Villains Book 1) by Serena Valentino

From the Amazon description – Why exactly is the wicked Queen so nasty, particularly to Snow White? Perhaps it has something to do with the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror who’s not just some random spooky visage…

The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentine

From the Amazon description –

A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle.
Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?
Enjoy Serena Valentino’s entire Villain’s series.

  • Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (Book 1)
  • The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince (Book 2)
  • Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Book 3)
  • Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy (Book 4)
  • Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch (Book 5)
  • The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel (Book 6)
  • Evil Thing (Book 7)

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains Book 3) by Serena Valentine

From the Amazon description – The third novel in Serena Valentino’s (Fairest of All, Beast Within) “VILLAINS” trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.

To buy the full series for Kindle e-book, click here. https://amzn.to/39wcnhw

Walking Alone: Short Stories by Bentley Little

From the Amazon description –

From the mind of the man Stephen King calls “a master of the macabre” comes a brilliant new collection of no-punches-pulled horror stories, some never-before-collected and many originals that have never been published anywhere before.

In “Sticky Note,” Gary finds a note with two simple words on it in the gutter: Kill her. Was it part of someone’s to-do list? Bentley Little tells us where this yellow square piece of paper takes Gary in a way that only he can.

A bad confrontation with a maid at a fancy resort leads a couple on a chilling journey they never dreamed would happen. “The Maid” may make you think twice about asking the front desk for extra towels or complaining about anything ever again.

You’ll never think of small-town rodeos the same way after reading “The Last Rodeo on the Circuit,” and neither will Rob and Teena after they decide to take in the local bizarre entertainment in an unscheduled stop along their road trip to Vegas.

Would you anonymously write your negative thoughts about your friends in a slam book? What if the words you wrote changed things? “Slam Dance” shows you what the consequences of that might be.

Sometimes, a “Palm Reader” knows more than they’re willing to reveal to their customers, chilling things that their clients don’t really want to know. Would you tell them anyway?

Snowmen aren’t scary, right? Hal and April Katz are out on a wintery drive when they see a snowman on the side of the road. Then another that looks almost the same a few miles later. And then, hundreds of snowmen around the next bend. You might think snowmen aren’t scary, but “Snow” will prove you dead wrong.

Bentley Little can take the innocuous, twist it around, and write a story that will change your way of thinking. Walking Alone: Short Stories is a shining example of his talent to scare you, creep you out, and make you shudder.

Table of Contents:
Milk Ranch Point
Snow
Children’s Hospital
Palm Reader
Slam Dance
Last Rodeo on the Circuit
The Car Wash
The Feeb
The Mall
Hunting
The Piano Player has no Fingers
The Man Who Watched Cartoons
Apt Punishment
Black Friday
MoNA Retrospective, Los Angeles
Jorgensen’s Fence
The Silence of Trees
Sticky Note
The Smell of Overripe Loquats
The Maid
Schoolgirls
Under Midwest Skies
Pictures of Huxley
My College Admission Essay
Pool, Air Conditioning, Free HBO
The Train
A Random Thought from God’s Day

Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel by Clay Chapman

From the Amazon description –

“A diabolically creepy hybrid of horror and psychological suspense that thrills as much as it unsettles. You’ll keep turning the pages even as your hands shake.”—Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of Home Before Dark

A pulse-pounding, true-crime-based horror novel inspired by the McMartin preschool trial and Satanic Panic of the ’80s.

Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage, a first chance at fatherhood, and a quiet life as an art teacher in Virginia. Then the body of a ritualistically murdered rabbit appears on his school’s playground, along with a birthday card for him. But Richard hasn’t celebrated his birthday since he was known as Sean . . .

In the 1980s, Sean was five years old when his mother unwittingly led him to tell a lie about his teacher. When school administrators, cops, and therapists questioned him, he told another. And another. And another. Each was more outlandish than the last—and fueled a moral panic that engulfed the nation and destroyed the lives of everyone around him.

Now, thirty years later, someone is here to tell Richard that they know what Sean did. But who would even know that these two are one and the same? Whisper Down the Lane is a tense and compulsively readable exploration of a world primed by paranoia to believe the unbelievable.

The Shining By Stephen King

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining Book 2) by Stephen King

From the Amazon description – Now a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor!

From master storyteller Stephen King, his unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining—an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is “[a] vivid frightscape” (The New York Times).

Years ago, the haunting of the Overlook Hotel nearly broke young Dan Torrance’s sanity, as his paranormal gift known as “the shining” opened a door straight into hell. And even though Dan is all grown up, the ghosts of the Overlook—and his father’s legacy of alcoholism and violence—kept him drifting aimlessly for most of his life. Now, Dan has finally found some order in the chaos by working in a local hospice, earning the nickname “Doctor Sleep” by secretly using his special abilities to comfort the dying and prepare them for the afterlife. But when he unexpectedly meets twelve-year-old Abra Stone—who possesses an even more powerful manifestation of the shining—the two find their lives in sudden jeopardy at the hands of the ageless and murderous nomadic tribe known as the True Knot, reigniting Dan’s own demons and summoning him to battle for this young girl’s soul and survival…

About Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, MR MERCEDES, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both MR MERCEDES and END OF WATCH received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King’s books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald’s Game and It.

King was the recipient of America’s prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.

To learn more about about the author and their other works, click here. https://amzn.to/3zKZuel

The Good House: A Novel by Tananarive Due

From the Amazon description –

he Good House is the critically acclaimed story of supernatural suspense, as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces.

The home that belonged to Angela Toussaint’s late grandmother is so beloved that the townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington call it the Good House. But that all changes one summer when an unexpected tragedy takes place behind its closed doors, and the Toussaint’s family history—and future—is dramatically transformed.

Angela has not returned to the Good House since her son, Corey, died there two years ago. But now, Angela is finally ready to return to her hometown and go beyond the grave to unearth the truth about Corey’s death. Could it be related to a terrifying entity Angela’s grandmother battled seven decades ago? And what about the other senseless calamities that Sacajawea has seen in recent years? Has Angela’s grandmother, an African American woman reputed to have “powers,” put a curse on the entire community?

A thrilling exploration of secrets, lies, and divine inspiration, The Good House will haunt readers long after its chilling conclusion.

Oak Avenue (Dark Corners collection) by Brandi Reeds

A young wife and mother—new to this town and to its secrets—learns just how much she doesn’t know in this tingly tale of all the things hiding in the dark at the top of the stairs, from bestselling author Brandi Reeds.

While renovating her Victorian home, Ana Clementine finds an ornate door buried under forty years of earth. Once she restores it to the attic, she starts hearing whispers, her loving husband becomes a stranger, and her baby daughter learns a chilling new word. Maybe Ana has unlocked the house’s secrets. Or maybe she’s becoming just a little unhinged herself.

Brandi Reeds’s Oak Avenue is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

Brandi Reeds is a critically acclaimed author who writes young adult novels under the pseudonym Sasha Dawn. Her debut psychological thriller, Oblivion, was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens, recommended by the School Library Journal, endorsed by the American Library Association, and selected by the 2016 Illinois Reading Council as a featured book.

On her way to becoming an author, Reeds earned her BA in history and English from Northern Illinois University, followed by an MA in writing from Seton Hill University. When not working on her next book, she teaches college English and works as a kitchen design consultant and cabinetry specialist. She’s also an avid traveler, reader, and dance enthusiast.

Reeds is a Chicago native (Go, White Sox!) and currently lives in the northern suburbs with her husband, daughters, and three puppies. Visit her at http://www.sashadawn.com.

To learn more about the author and their other works, click here. https://amzn.to/2XU2BDJ

To buy the full series for Kindle e-book, click here. https://amzn.to/2XKs0iw

Tales of Terror and Detection (Dover Thrift Editions) by Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) holds a unique place in American literature. Famous as a poet, he also penned short stories that are masterpieces of terror and suspense, infused with the horror and dread he knew from his feverish dreams and persistent fears of death. Fortunately for lovers of mystery, Poe was attracted by logic and analysis as well as fantasy. Fascinated by the narrative possibilities of tracking the perpetrator of a crime, he invented the modern detective story.
This superb collection of five stories reveals Poe’s virtuoso gifts for both crime fiction and the macabre. Two of his most famous tales, “The Mystery of Marie Roget” and “The Purloined Letter,” recount the exploits of C. Auguste Dupin, the first important fictional detective. “William Wilson” is a chilling tale of crime and evil. The two remaining stories, “MS. Found in a Bottle” and “The Oblong Box,” subtly but relentlessly convey a sense of unease, then dread, then outright terror.

About Edgar Allan Poe

Author, poet, and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe is credited with pioneering the short story genre, inventing detective fiction, and contributing to the development of science fiction. However, Poe is best known for his works of the macabre, including such infamous titles as The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Lenore, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Part of the American Romantic Movement, Poe was one of the first writers to make his living exclusively through his writing, working for literary journals and becoming known as a literary critic. His works have been widely adapted in film. Edgar Allan Poe died of a mysterious illness in 1849 at the age of 40.

To learn more about the author and their other works, click here. https://amzn.to/3zAO4ts

So, how many do you think you’ll tackle this October. I know it’s pretty ambitious to think I’ll be able to read this many books, but I have several shorter books on here plus I listen at 1.5 to 2.0 speed on Audible. (Have I mentioned how much I love Audible? https://amzn.to/3lUvHuw ) This is highly probably to work out. If you read any of these books, please let me know what you think of them. That’s all I’ve got for today, train wreck. All aboard.

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