Searching through Goodreads to find ideas for this post, I noticed a trend. There were horror stories, and then there was everything else. Par for the course, I suppose, since this is the season of Halloween, with all its attendant ghouls, ghosts, and ghastly stories. I was hard pressed to decide what to write about, or how, and finally, in an inspired moment, I decided that nine was a good, round, witchly (yes, I made that word up just this second!) number of books to share with you, in a mixture of horror and other, and in typical fashion, to make some kind of poem of them. It’ll be silly, even stupid, at times…rhyming invariably brings out the wacko in me. And my ideas of what constitutes “horror” are decidedly skewed, as you’ll see. Wish me luck…and see if you can match the descriptions in the poem to the nine novels listed below.
September brings much more, you know,
than cooling Autumn breezes.
There’s Labor Day, and barbecues,
and final summer sneezes.
To keep your mind on other things
than the approaching Winter,
mayhap you should distract it with
light reading — get your printer!
A young boy learned to wield his wand,
two others saved their city;
an ancient vampire sought fresh blood;
a Creature’s not made pretty.
A woman loved a priest who left her
with a darling infant.
A vain young man did sell his soul
to keep old age well distant.
Ambition drove a warrior
to murder and deception.
A great physician “played with fire” —
it changed his whole reception.
There’s just one more — and different,
in quality and content –
A brighter color might have made
her stay, and give consent.
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
4. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
7. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
8. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
9. Dracula by Bram Stoker