From the Perry Bible Fellowship.
Alvin Schwartz is a children’s author who is best known for his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. You can find numerous blog posts about this much-loved series online, most dealing with the way in which it seemed far too scary for younger readers when Stephen Gammell’s surreal and unsettling illustrations are taken into account.
I have been a big fan of Soren Narnia’s Knifepoint Horror series for a while. I can’t quite remember how I discovered it, but as soon as I started to listen to the stories, I knew I’d found something extraordinary. It’s now one of my all-time favourite horror productions.
I found this collection of issues #1-4 of Ferrara’s Dead Rider on the Comics Plus: Library Edition page and immediately downloaded it. The story concerns the Dead Rider, a legendary undead cowboy who roams the old west in defiance of the country’s lawmen. Throughout the story, the Dead Rider battles a grotesque bog-witch who had previously cursed him with immortality. He seeks to finally destroy her and find peace.
As far as I can recall, this is the first real true crime/serial killer book I’ve ever read from start to finish. Previously my interest in the “genre” ranged between the occasional binge on gruesome Wikipedia articles, to half-watching online documentaries of questionable quality, and perhaps sometimes taking the odd peek into books with names like like The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. It’s obviously a grim subject with undeniable attraction, though generally it’s not a genre I stick with for too long.
Does anyone reading this take part in the Goodreads annual reading challenge? It’s a personal challenge where you set the number of books you hope to have read by the end of the year, using your account and the data on Goodreads.
I read 2001 and 2010 last year and despite enjoying both books, I didn’t get around to the third and fourth in the series until just recently, due to a slew of library books cascading off the shelves and into my home.
Unfortunately, both 2061 and 3001 turned out to be hugely disappointing. They were still both interesting enough to warrant at least one read, and they did (kind of) conclude the overarching story lines, but I don’t think I’d ever return to them.