October has arrived, and with it comes the best of the holidays, in my humble opinion. Though December greetings like “Merry Christmas” might ruffle many politically correct feathers and cultural leanings challenge when we may wish each other a “Happy New Year,” the fact is that no one in America has ever much disputed the mummification and candy-based panhandling of their children — not enough to incite policy changes, anyway. Halloween is my favorite holiday for reasons beyond this, of course. It dares children to scare themselves, or allow their senses to be slyly misled, just this one time a year. We have all reached our hands into a box of spaghetti and peeled grapes and hoped that we just might believe we’re feeling disembodied eyeballs and thin snaky Medusa hair. And perhaps nothing more than books has allowed us to suspend those disbeliefs and ensnare those senses. Too many good spooky books float around out in the ether for the choosing NOT to write an homage to them.
So, here’s the gyst of our Monstrous Month. Each week of October, we’ll list the spooky books we like best (separated by category), and why. And we’d love for you to share your own. Show us the best you’ve got and try to get our hair to stand on end.