Scary Reads From the Authors of October’s Book’d in Burbank
The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, October 23rd! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this amazing and fun night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share the scary reads that kept them up at night!
While promoting Dark Lady of Hollywood, a merry mashup of the TV biz and Shakespeare, I formed a partnership with L.A.’s Coeurage Theatre Company during their summer production of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy. As I quickly discovered, this one’s no beach read. According to literary critic S. Clark Hulse, Andronicus includes “14 killings, 9 of them on stage, 6 severed members, 1 rape (or 2 or 3, depending on how you count), 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity and 1 of cannibalism — an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines.” This tale of woe leads Tamora, Queen of the Goths, to an Act V reunion with her sons that may have inspired Sweeney Todd: “… both baked in the pie/Whereof the mother daintily hath fed.” Sent me running to the Internet to Google the correct spelling of “eeewww.”
The scariest book I ever read was Tales for the Midnight Hour by J.B. Stamper. I was in the 4th grade, and found the book in the girls’ washroom, and, being a compulsive reader of books (and thief, I guess), I took it. Well, karma was working strongly that day, because I’ve never read a more terrifying collection of short stories. It included tales such “The Velvet Collar,” “The Jigsaw,” and “The Black Velvet Ribbon.” I couldn’t sleep for days. It scared me so much, I put it back in the girls’ washroom, and didn’t look back.
I don’t read a lot of scary books, but recently I loved Come Closer by Sara Gran. It’s a short novel that examines the mundane tensions of domestic life through a story of demonic possession. It is terrifying and really, really smart.
What’s your scariest read?
If you’re in the Los Angeles are, we hope to see you at Book’d in Burbank!
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