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.


It

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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Dracula

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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REVIEW: The Twelve by Justin Cronin (Review by Eboni Robson)

“You decided to re-engineer an ancient virus that would transform a dozen death-row inmates into indestructible monsters who live on blood..?” asks  the Chief of Special Weapons disbelievingly in The Twelve, Justin Cronin’s sequel to The Passage. Answer: Yeah, they did.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Passage, allow me to enlighten you. It begins with a Nobel-Prize winning scientist finding a virus in the depths of a foreign rainforest. With the help of the American government, he then uses this virus on 12 death-row inmates in an attempt to create ‘super soldiers’. In a twist of fate, not all goes to plan and we are taken into a world of destruction when these ‘virals’ or ‘vampires’ take over North America, “spreading in every direction, a 12 fingered hand”.

This is nothing at all like the sweet Edward and Bella interpretation of the vampire myth. Think huge beastly creatures with mouths full of razor sharp teeth and an inhumane and uncontrollable lust for blood.

Before I go any further though, I think I need to put this in perspective. I’ve never been one for a post-apocalyptic novel that follows bloodthirsty ‘vampires’ and naive young protagonists but The Passage and The Twelve had me hooked from the first pages. The way these books have been written makes one seriously consider the possibilities of an Amazonian virus causing havoc on a carefree and selfishly unaware world.

The stories of our favourites from the first book are continued: Amy, Lish and, of course, Zero, the first viral. We follow their struggles as they try once again to build a new civilisation after establishing the Texan Expeditionary force and all of the trials that come with a world still reeling from unimaginable destruction.

But The Twelve starts by going back to the first days of the ‘end of the world’ where we meet a bunch of new characters :

Lila, a young expectant mother initially in so much shock she completely repels the idea that the world is in ruins and death is running rampant.

April, a teenage girl who fights tooth and nail to protect her younger brother whilst navigating a path to freedom.

And Kittridge, known as the ‘Last Stand in Denver’. A man that was forced to leave his stronghold and face the creatures of the night.

Without giving too much away and taking from you the excitement that is reading Cronin’s novels, I can assure you, as a lover of The Passage, you won’t be disappointed by The Twelve. Like its predecessor, this book is written from so many believable perspectives with chapters that have such a flow of diversity, one can’t help but be anxious and enthralled, at the same time, to turn each and every page, leaving you on tenterhooks until the very last sentence.

Number three in this trilogy is no doubt going to be great, (no pressure, Justin).

Review by Eboni Robson

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Jane Sullivan, author of Little People, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Jane Sullivan

author of Little People

Ten Terrifying Questions

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

In London. I went to George Eliot primary school, North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where I studied English literature and attempted to learn Anglo-Saxon irregular verbs. I did an inspirational report on George Eliot at primary school complete with my own drawings of the great novelist, so I knew she was a lady with a long nose, but I never actually read any of her books until the last 10 years or so.

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

At twelve: a novelist. At eighteen: a writer of some sort who could make a living, because by then I suspected most novelists were very poor. At thirty: a top journalist who travelled a lot and made lots of money.  It sounded dashing and glamorous and scary and I’d just come to Australia to work on The Age. I did get to make a living out of Continue reading

Faletti with I Kill v Cronin with The Passage – it’s the battle of the big guns

All the action in book sales this week  is with the blockbuster buy-ins as Giorgio Faletti’s I Kill and Justin Cronin’s The Passage go head to head. I Kill has picked up more sales in its first few weeks than did The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo which, of course, comes a huge relief to its Australian publisher which was probably wondering how to shore up sales once (if) the Dragon Tatto juggernaut finally runs out of steam. Meanwhile, the full weight of the US marketing machine is behind The Passage and for once, it sounds like it has backed a damn good story.

I Kill and The Passage – coming soon to a light wall near you.

Meanwhile, if you missed the July edition of Booktopia Buzz, here is my coverage to bring you up to speed. And check out our prices! Continue reading

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage is an epic, awe-inspiring novel of good and evil that is destined to be a global bestseller. With its vast narrative sweep, dazzling cast of characters and towering vision (not to mention an impressive worldwide marketing budget), The Passage is a feat of imagination that will captivate a huge audience. Combining the mythic storytelling of Stephen King with the brilliance of Cormac McCarthy, The Passage was acquired in a fiercely competitive auction involving the entire UK publishing industry.  Meanwhile, movie rights have been sold to Ridley Scott. This book is going to be big, big, big.

And the Australian paperback edition is the cheapest way to own a copy – click here for more details or to buy The Passage$27.95 SAVE 20%

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

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.

“Every so often a novel-reader’s novel comes along: an enthralling, entertaining story wedded to simple, supple prose, both informed by tremendous imagination. Summer is the perfect time for such books, and this year readers can enjoy the gift of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Read fifteen pages and you will find yourself captivated; read thirty and you will find yourself taken prisoner and reading late into the night. It has the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. What else can I say? This: read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” — Stephen King

“Justin Cronin has written a wild, headlong, sweeping extravaganza of a novel. The Passage is the literary equivalent of a unicorn: a bonafide thriller that is sharply written, deeply humane, ablaze with big ideas, and absolutely impossible to put down.” —Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

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