Reading for a brisk fall evening

How about something scary?
We’re at that wonderful time of year when you all used to go out trick-or-treating, but you might still love that Halloween candy. For sure many of you like to get scared out of your wits, at least from the safety of your favorite reading spot.

Try these classic horror books on for size and let me know how you like them.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
This books is as creepy today as when I first read it in high school. Imagine you’re a young newlywed whose just moved into an affordable apartment in a great building in New York City. Maybe your new neighbors are a little strange. And perhaps your actor husband does act sort of secretive. And what about the nasty green vitamin drink Mrs. Castevet insists on bringing you every afternoon? You may never look at a pregnant woman the same way after reading this frightening tale.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


I can hardly believe this book was written in 1963 because it seems so much like what’s going on today. Told from the point of view of Alex, the story is about a young man who is utter violent and given the chance to redeem himself. The setting is an authoritarian future that reminds me of Orwell’s 1984, with gangs of young thugs running the streets committing acts of violence just for fun. Their attitudes are shocking and their acts disturbing, but somehow the author makes it funny at the same time. When his friends desert him and Alex is arrested, he volunteers for a new treatment instead of having to serve his entire 14 year prison sentence.

All I can say, is hold onto your seats, because I started thinking the experimental procedure might be as bad as the things that got him thrown in jail in the first place.

There is also a great movie based on this book that is a little different, but still really good!  We have lots of copies of this book.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

No one does vampire books like Anne Rice. She so completely gets into their minds and hearts that it’s eerie. Most kids have heard of Interview With a Vampire, maybe due to the movie by the same name. But not very many people pick up her second book in the series, which focuses on Lestat. The book opens with Lestat as a rock star, one who writes his own autobiography.  Can it get any weirder???

Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King

First off, this is not your typical Stephen King book. There are no disgusting creatures, alien or otherwise, taking over towns and eating people for snacks,

Instead, this is a quieter, more thoughtful book, but just as frightening as King’s usual fare. This book is actually made up of five stories, which are connected through recurring characters, who become like old friends. The most engaging stories are about Bobby Garfield, who starts off as an eleven year old in the 1960’s. His new neighbor asks him to watch out for the “Low Men” who are after him, but Bobby just thinks a little crazy, at first. Until he begins to see the signs of them Ted Brautigan had warned him about…and realizes that Ted is being stalked by predators that may not be as human as one would expect.

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3 Responses to “Reading for a brisk fall evening”

  1. Dystopia Read-A-Like List « Reading@Berkeley High Says:

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    […] fans, the rest of us vampire lovers would probably do better looking elsewhere for our fix, like Anne Rice ,the House of Night series or any other the other vampire titles we have in the Berkeley High […]

  3. Ebi Says:

    Great Work

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