I’m rocking three out of three on the Halloween theme reading this week!
I started the week with a novel that’s sort of a ghost story and sort of a mystery novel, with a touch of spycraft: W.C. Ryan’s A House of Ghosts, set during World War I, with Britain and Germany vying to invent new and more alarming weapons of destruction, shell-shocked men coming home from the front (or not coming home at all), and bereaved parents turning to mediums. On a foggy island, cut off from the main land, it’s unclear whether the ghosts or the human elements are scarier as a munitions millionaire calls together old acquaintances for a seance to reach his dead sons.
After that, I stuck with the supernatural, but moved to modern Paris with Vivian Shaw’s second book in the Greta Helsing series, Dreadful Company, in which Dr. Helsing is kidnapped by a coven of vampires with a regrettable taste for body glitter living in the catacombs below Paris, and there just might be something going on with the Phantom of the Opera.
Right now, I’ve stuck with ghosts, but moved to something a little more coming of age/ Americana (although it’s set in Canada, but you know what I mean), with Craig Davidson’s The Saturday Night Ghost Club, about a lonely boy who forms a club with his occult-fascinated uncle and two new friends– and I’ve only just started, so I’m not quite sure what they’re going to stumble upon yet, but I have a feeling it won’t just be Growing Pains re-runs.
And, because the apple doesn’t fall far, my offspring has been reading that Halloween classic, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories.
What have you been reading this week?