Have you joined the Hadhr Book Club yet? We are a community of folks that enjoy reading the macabre and horror! You can join us on facebook and get updated book lists for every month, then start discussions with others reading the same books! You do not have to read all of the books on the list, if you would like to start off with just one, that is ok too!
If you are new here, first off, Welcome! Next I would like to introduce you to another writer that guest posts about once a month for the Hadhr Book Club, she creates great lists of horror novels and tells you about them so you get super-duper excited and join in on the craziness that is loving horror. I gladly welcome back, the lady that brought me into this world, my own mother, Amanda!
With the Holiday season here and the new year right around the corner, all of those dinners, parties, concerts, and projects fighting for our attention I have decided to merge December and January together, with only a few books being added to the list.
The first book is a shortish book by one of the best horror writers to date, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Stories and Poems. Poe’s writing is so classic that one could almost say if you do not at least know who he is, this book club may not be for you. The imagery and emotion that you get as you devour the words moves you to a world that is no longer around. I have a lifelong connection with his writing, it gave me a focus and a sense of purpose during a time in my life when I most definitely needed it. I have had a few favorites throughout my life though, my two tops? Annabelle Lee and The Raven.
As for the second book, Swan’s Song by Robert McCammon is a “post-apocalyptic” story, but is also so much more than that singular discription. Robert McCammon weaves an incredible multi-threaded story of good and evil, life and death, and the triumph and failure of human nature. I first read this novel at 12 years old and it was the first book that I read on my own, a.k.a. that was not required by a teacher to read, and it changed my life. Let McCammon take you through the after math of a nuclear war and witness the evolution of man.
Book numero three is The Best of H.P. Lovecraft. Who doesn’t love H.P. Lovecraft? Amirite? Horror, gods, other worlds and dimensions… There are several books by Lovecraft that can curl your toes in fear, but I thought including a sort of compilation of his works would help to introduce him to new members of book club nicely. Alongside Edgar Allen Poe, H.P Lovecraft is considered to be one of the greatest horror writers and his work creeps into the deepest parts of your soul and grabs you with the tentacles of Cthulhu himself. Enjoy this one kids, treats on me. Calamari anyone?
Book four, American Psycho. I am sure you know about the movie where Christian Bale plays this hilariously psychotic serial killer that went after people who pissed him off. No filter, no anger, just letting go and murdering people. I won’t spoil the ending for you just in case you haven’t seen or heard of it, but it is a doosey! Well, this is the book that lead to that wonderful addition to film culture. Take a bloody dive into the head of Patrick Bateman, the American Psycho, and experience the break between a person’s mind and reality. Just don’t fall too deep, m’kay?
Happy reading! Happy Holidays! Happy freakin’ New Year!
Make sure to join the discussions in the Hadhr Facebook group and if you have any suggestions for books to be read in February, let us know!
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