My Book Recommendation
After ruminating on why readers gravitate toward horror, Gigliotti introduces this collection’s 14 profiled authors by way of their fears. Stephen King used to be afraid of the dark, while Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson’s fears were of the internal sort. Whatever the source of their terrors, each writer draws “on a dark part of their hearts for inspiration.” The short biographies are arranged chronologically from Mary Shelley to Joe Hill. Entries detail personal lives, some facts about their works, and—for the dead—enduring legacies. Throughout, Gigliotti’s personal and engaging style adds a sense of suspense and intrigue to each author. Sleek design, haunted-forest motifs, and black-and-white portraits—framed with subtle nods to best-known works—further add to the ambience. While the creators’ fame is indisputable, the Whiteness and, to a lesser extent, maleness of the canon as Gigliotti construes it is glaringly evident. Moreover, the elision of Clive Barker’s sexuality—despite mentions of other authors’ love lives—is not only a missed opportunity, but erasure. Gigliotti’s contemporary lens helps contextualize the more historical entries, including mentions of any movie adaptations younger readers may be likely to know. Overall, the collection skews toward writing for adults (though a few notable exceptions write across age categories). The lack of backmatter, sources, or even a conclusion makes for an abrupt ending.
- Great Circle: A novel Great Circle: A novel This is a story a woman’s unenthusiastic life as she strives to break free. Marian Graves is also from a family which has lost their fame. Instead of bitterness, Marian continues to dream for the future and works hard for her stars. Although her life is not easy, she refuses to let the circumstances of her past dictate the fate of her future. This is an American story about independence, shedding your past,Read More
- Klara and the Sun: A novel The book Klara and the Sun is an emotional story about loss and love. A peculiar girl, Klara who always insists that someone else is always inside of her body finally comes face to face with her real self. It is a masterpiece is that still contemplative and thoughtful as you are being drawn in by the essence of that “someone else.”Read More
- The Four Winds: A Novel The Four Winds: A Novel by Kristen Hannah is a charming yet gritty story of women who remember America's iconic dust storms and have been trying to survive since the nation asks them to. This book is a touching story of survival, resilience, and hope.Read More