Five Books With Thrills To Give You The Chills – Happy Halloween From Booktopia

Do you like scary stories? I’ll try my hand at one.

Brynne Edelsten has her own television show.

Not scary enough? Well you’re a tough nut to crack. Here’s five spine-chilling titles sure to make the hairs on your goosebumps rise.


by Stephen King

It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1958, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom’s belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by riding his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil in the drains beneath Derry. In search of It. And somehow it ended.

Or so they thought. Then.

On a spring night in 1985 Mike Hanlon, once one of those children, makes six calls. Stan Uris, accountant. Richie “Records” Tozier, L.A. disc jockey. Ben Hanscom, renowned architect. Beverly Rogan, dress designer. Eddie Kaspbrak, owner of a successful New York limousine company. And Bill Denbrough, bestselling writer of horror novels. Bill Denbrough who now only stutters in his dreams.

These six men and one woman have forgotten their childhoods, have forgotten the time when they were Losers . . . but an unremembered promise draws them back, the present begins to rhyme dreadfully with the past, and when the Losers reunite, the wheels of fate lock together and roll them toward the ultimate terror.

In the biggest and most ambitious book of his career, Stephen King gives us not only his most towering epic of horror but a surprising reillumination of the corridor where we pass from the bright mysteries of childhood to those of maturity.

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Rosemary’s Baby

by Ira Levin

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…

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The Passage

by Justin Cronin

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.

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by Bram Stoker

‘We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.’

Earnest and naive solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to organise the estate of the infamous Count Dracula at his crumbling castle in the ominous Carpathian Mountains. Through notes and diary entries, Harker keeps track of the horrors and terrors that beset him at the castle, telling his fiancé Mina of the Count’s supernatural powers and his own imprisonment. Although Harker eventually manages to escape and reunite with Mina, his experiences have led to a mental breakdown of sorts.

Meanwhile in England, Mina’s friend Lucy has been bitten and begins to turn into a vampire. With the help of Professor Van Helsing, a previous suitor of Lucy’s, Seward, and Lucy’s fiancé Holmwood attempt to thwart Count Dracula and his attempts on Lucy and consequently Mina’s life.

Arguably the most enduring Gothic novel of the 19th Century, Bram Stoker’s DRACULA is as chilling today in its depiction of the vampire world and its exploration of Victorian values as it was at its time of publication.

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The Silence Of The Lambs

by Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent…
A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath’s mind– in the deadly search for a serial killer…
Thomas Harris is the author of “Hannibal,” “Red Dragon,” and “Black Sunday.” As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill,” FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.
That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of T”he Silence of the Lambs–“an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

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So get your scare on today with Spooktopia. Also known as Booktopia.

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Booktopia’s Biggest Sale Ever Finishes At Midnight Tonight

When I was younger, so much younger than today, I used to get books from my mother every Christmas, every birthday, for every good report card, for every selfless deed I performed. It was magical.

Sometimes I had only just turned into the kitchen and told her the good news when she would dash up the hallway and out would arrive a new Graeme Base, or a new Goosebumps book. I was astounded, and always wondered how she did it, what elves she had working for her, a veritable publishing house in her bedroom just for me.

Then one day as I was approaching teenhood I was late for a birthday party. Mum hurried me along and threw a coat on me and asked me where the present I was giving was. I replied she hadn’t given me a present to give (Not unlike the reply my father gives her at Christmas for us kids now).

So she scurried into her bedroom and grabbed the ladder and scaled to the top cupboard. There I saw it, shining like a golden star, and I would never be the same.

Hundreds of books filled the space, books on everything. There were cooking books, sporting books, music books. Books on space, on country living and city surviving. Not to mention fiction for the whole family, Spot books for nieces to Barbara Cartland for the great aunts.

She was a smart one. When she saw a deal she pillaged and conquered. And she was never caught off guard whatever the case may be.

Her stockpile still remains to this day, and come Christmas she is a very calm woman, smugly striding to that top cupboard year after year while others sit in queues on Christmas Eve.

So don’t forget everyone; it’s the last day of the Booktopia Clearance sale today.

Over 5000 titles at up to 95% off.

Classics from Hemingway, Dickens and McCarthy. Best-sellers from Clancy, Binchy, Shriver and Cussler

So click here to check out the sale page. The clock is ticking!

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Paullina Simons, author of Children of Liberty, The Bronze Horseman, Tully and more… answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Paullina Simons

author of Children of Liberty, The Bronze Horseman, Tully and more…

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in the Soviet Union, raised in Leningrad, came to the United States when I was ten, went to college on Long Island and in England, and graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At twelve, I wanted to be a novelist, because all I did was read.

At eighteen I wanted to be a lawyer or a translator because that’s what my father wanted for me, and at thirty, I was already what I am now, and have remained–a published author.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

That if you reduce eating and increase exercise you will lose weight.

4. What were three works of art – book or painting or piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

Sinnerman by Nina Simone, Bridge at Chatou by Renoir, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I can’t sing, can’t make a living as a dancer or painter, can play the piano only barely. All Russians choose to write. It’s in their soul.

6. Please tell us about your latest novel, Children of Liberty

Children of Liberty is a love story set in turn of the century Boston between a Sicilian immigrant and the son of a wealthy Boston merchant.

(BBGuru: Here is the publisher’s blurb –

“Never forget where you came from.”

At the turn of the century and the dawning of the modern world, Gina from Belpasso comes to Boston’s Freedom Docks to find a new and better life, and meets Harry Barrington, who is searching for his.

The fates of the Barringtons and Attavianos become entwined, on a collision course between the old and new, between what is expected and what is desired, what is chosen and what is bestowed, what is given and what is taken away.

As America races headlong into the future, much will be lost and much will be gained for Gina and Harry, whose ill-fated love story will break your heart.)

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7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

Empathy for conflicted, complex human beings in all walks of life, in all settings, in all moments in history.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

Stephen King for his ceaseless work ethic.

9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

I would like to write a love story for the ages. I would like to write a book that some of my readers will say is their favorite book of all time. I would like to write a screenplay for each of my filmable novels. I would finally like to publish the series of my long-lying-fallow children’s books called “Adventures with Poppet.”

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Write from your heart. Write what you feel, not what you know. Write one page every day. Keep a journal. Write long hand on smooth paper with a beautiful inky instrument.

Paullina, thank you for playing.

The Bronze Horseman

Tatiana and Alexander Series: Book 1

A magnificent epic of love, war and Russia from the bestselling author of Tully, Red Leaves and Eleven Hours.

Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer when the sun hardly sets on the beautiful palaces and stately avenues that still speak of a different age, when the city was known as St Petersburg. The Metanov family live in a crowded apartment, the two sisters Daria and Tatiana sharing a bed, their parents and brother crowded in another room, their grandparents nearby. It’s a hard life, but one with room enough for love and romance.

However, when Tatiana first sets eyes on Daria’s boyfriend, Alexander, she knows immediately that for her, the path of love will never be easy, but rather, one of sacrifice and denial. Hitler’s invasion of Russia spells war and, for Leningrad, siege, and their earlier existence seems luxurious in comparison with the terrible deprivations that the family suffers. As the grip of winter closes as relentlessly as the advancing German army, so Tatiana is forced into ever more desperate measures in order to survive – both physically and emotionally.

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The Bridge to Holy Cross

Tatiana and Alexander Series: Book 2

The Bridge to Holy Cross is a powerful story of love and hope – a passionate and epic love story from the Russian-born author of The Bronze Horseman.

Tatiana is 18 years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero of the Soviet Union, has been arrested by Stalin’s infamous secret police and is awaiting imminent death as a traitor and a spy.

Tatiana begins her new life in America. In wartime New York City she finds work, friends and a life beyond her dreams. However, her grief is inescapable and she keeps hearing Alexander calling out to her.

Meanwhile, Alexander faces the greatest danger he’s ever known. An American trapped in Russia since adolescence, he has been serving in the Red Army and posing as a Soviet citizen to protect himself. For him, Russia’s war is not over, and both victory and defeat will mean certain death.

As World War Two moves into its final violent phase, Tatiana and Alexander are surrounded by the ghosts of their past and each other.

They must struggle against destiny and despair as they find themselves in the fight of their lives. A master of the historical epic, Paullina Simons takes us on a journey across continents, time and the entire breadth of human emotion, to create a heartrendingly beautiful love story that will live on long after the final page is turned.

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The Summer Garden

Tatiana and Alexander Series: Book 3

From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.

Tatiana and Alexander have suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world … but they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family.

Can they make a new life for themselves in this new land? Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son?

Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents. The Summer Garden. For what once was …

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Booktopia Presents: Cate Kennedy, author of Like a House on Fire, in conversation with Caroline Baum

Like a House on Fire

 by Cate Kennedy

‘This is a heartfelt and moving collection of short stories that cuts right to the emotional centre of everyday life.’  Bookseller & Publisher

From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots.

In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour.

In ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor’s orders.

In ‘Cross-Country’, a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex’s new life.

And in ‘Ashes’, a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father’s remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background.

Cate Kennedy’s poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love.

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Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and The Five Mile Press – you could win a book prize pack worth worth $575!

Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and The Five Mile Press – you could win a book prize pack worth worth $575!

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Milton Jones, author of The Man from Coolibah, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Milton Jones

author of The Man from Coolibah

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in the old Darwin Hospital ( before Cyclone Tracy ) blew her down. My baby years were spent on Gordon Downs station that straddled the WA-NT border. Dad was manager there. After that we travelled round a lot, through the Territory and Queensland. I didn’t go much on schools and I left for the last time when I was just a kid. Then, it was into the school of hard knocks.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I wanted to fly helicopters and be involved with cattle. Not much has changed over the years. It’s been a good, full life.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

Don’t drink rum and chase girls!

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

The old fella, Stan (my father) had a huge influence on me. He worked bloody hard and that rubbed off on me. The years of bull-catching as a young man taught me a lot about bending your back and having a crack to make money. And the biggest influence of all has been getting my helicopter licence. I often wonder what I would have done if I didn’t get it; I know I wouldn’t have been as lucky and successful.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

It’s a good record for my children to keep.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

It tells a bit about my life and some of the experiences I’ve had. Looking back I suppose I’ve crammed a bit in. Not many people really know about life in the Northern Territory. More people should go there because it’s a bloody beautiful place with good people.

(From the Publisher:

In the tradition of Mailman of the Birdsville Track, The Man from Coolibah details the life of outback cattle property owner, helicopter muster operator and knockabout bloke Milton Jones.

The youngest in a family of five, Milton Jones grew up on large properties in the outback. His father was a farm manager and so his early life was a world away from that of city kids. Milton left school in Queensland in his mid teens and moved back to the Northern Territory. Mustering was in his blood and so his first job was as a bullcatcher.

Milton Jones is a man of his environment; tough and hardworking with a firm opinion on most things that he isn’t afraid to share. The story of how he bought Coolibah Station in 1988 in cash and the way he has built up his country empire is just one element of this book. For him, wrangling crocs, mustering cattle, fighting bush fires and riding rodeo are the norm. Over 500km away from nearest city, Darwin, his life is lived on horseback, his days ruled by the sunlight. With the help of a seasonal workforce, plus his 42 choppers and a dozen or so horses, his business musters cattle from across the territory.

The Man from Coolibah shows us what it is like to live in the never never and brings the Outback to life. For the men and women who live in Milton’s world, things are changing but the harshness and beauty of the outback stays the same.)

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7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

To make people more aware of bush life, especially life in the Northern Territory.

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

There are too many to mention, but there’ve been many old fellas who taught me a great many things. They taught me about cattle, about the bush, about helicopters, about life really. The Territory has many great characters. Real authentic Australian bushies that should never be forgotten.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

To look after my wife and my family. Make sure I have healthy kids, real healthy kids, that’s important eh.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

I don’t reckon I’m really in a good position to give advice to writers, in fact The Man from Coolibah is the first book I’ve ever read. But if I was to give some general advice it would be: ‘Work hard, look after your family, stand up for your rights, and don’t get involved in race horses.’

Milton, thanks for playing.

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Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Woodslane – you could win a book prize pack worth $500 or a Ken Duncan print worth $450!

Celebrate Booktoberfest with Booktopia and Woodslane – order Coastal Paradise Revealed or any Ken Duncan book from his photography series and go in the running to win a specially signed photograph print from Ken Duncan himself valued at $450.

AND during Booktoberfest, when you buy one or more of the excellent titles from the Woodslane Booktoberfest Showcase you go in the draw to win the lot, valued at $500.

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