Archives For Halloween


Classic Horror Novels


This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.
Last week’s post: [ Children’s Literature ] 1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on Classic Horror Novels. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

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A Review of

Monsters in America:
Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Hauntin
W. Scott Poole.
Hardback: Baylor University Press, 2011.
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Reviewed by Mark Eckel.

“Trick-or-treat!” can only mean one thing—Halloween.  Stamped on American culture, the phrase brings to mind images of costumes, plastic masks, and parents holding the hands of little monsters as they collect candy calories.  But real monsters collect different trophies; they are no laughing matter.  Evil brutes exist inside and outside American neighborhoods.  Monsters in America is W. Scott Poole’s interpretive history.  For Poole Halloween means more trick than treat; we discover that the monsters are us.

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