Several people have suggested a brilliant new idea for Halloween: Give a scary book this Halloween. You don’t have to give a book to every trick-or-treater, but maybe get a few books for the special people in your life… or maybe those who just need a good venture into the dark.
Don’t forget about used book stores as a potential place to get some books that are less expensive. AND don’t forget that you can give someone the gift of appreciating some Canadian horror and remind them that we can write some really great spooky stories and terrifying tales.
Here are just a few great Canadian horror, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, or monstrous novels that you can give out, read to people who need a good scare, or read for your own pleasure:
Tanya Huff – Blood Books series
Nancy Kilpatrick – Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead
Nancy Kilpatrick – Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead
Nancy Kilpatrick – Vampiric Variations
Nancy Baker – Blood and Chrysanthemums
Nancy Baker – A Terrible Beauty
Nancy Baker – The Night Inside
Liz Strange – The Embrace of Life and Death
Drew Hayden Taylor – The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel
Michael Rowe – Enter, Night
Kelly Armstrong – Bitten
Sparkle Hayter – Naked Brunch
Corey Redekop – Husk
James Marshall – Zombies Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural:
Kelly Armstrong – Women of the Otherworld (series)
Charles de Lint – Mulengro
Ian Rogers – Every House is Haunted
Ian Rogers – SuperNOIRtural Tales
DD Barant – The Bloodhound Files series
Lydia Peever – Pray Lied Eve
Mark Leslie (editor) – Campus Chills
Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell (editors) – Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales of the Great White North
Don Hutchinson (editor)- Northern Frights (series)
Sean Moreland, Aalya Ahmad (editors) – Postscripts to Darkness (series)
These are just a few of the incredible Canadian tales of darkness (and I know I am forgetting a lot of them with this list). What’s your flavour of monster, your favourite taste of darkness? Take a long sip before the horrors of winter.
— Frostbite by David Wellington (he’s not Canadian,but the story is set exclusively in the Canadian arctic)
— The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith
I can’t believe I forgot to add in Doug Smith’s The Wolf at the End of the World! It is an absolutely fantastic read! Thank you
Damn straight! David, Derek — thanks for the mention.
Don’t forget the CHILLING TALES books edited by Michael Kelly…
Oh, great addition! Thanks for the reminder!
Great list with my two favourite Canadian zombie authors!
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Thanks for sharing this list. I will share it with me readers, too! 🙂
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