Monday, August 18, 2014

Ten of the best creepy books

Stephanie Feldman's debut novel The Angel of Losses "explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters."

For Publishers Weekly, Feldman tagged ten of her favorite "books that are smart and scary—just frightening enough for catharsis, and just exotic enough in their trappings that you'll probably still be able to sleep at night, if you're not lying awake thrilled by just how good they are." One title on the list:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Everyone talks about The Haunting of Hill House. Stop doing that. Talk about this book instead. Sisters Merricat (for Mary Katherine) and Constance hide out in their family estate, ostracized by their neighbors since Constance was acquitted of murdering six other members of their family. But their isolation isn't too last. Merricat's narration is simultaneously appealing and chilling, making her an unforgettable character.
Read about another book on the list.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is among Lauren Passell's five top Gothic novels and Will Eaves's top ten siblings' stories.

Visit Stephanie Feldman's website.

--Marshal Zeringue