DRACULA & Other Seasonal Suggestions
As the calendar and the weather delve deeper into Autumn, with a welcome chill in the air; falling, flying leaves crisp underfoot; and the rising moon calling haunts, ghosts and other creatures of the season...
October is the best time of year to find a cozy spot and settle in with a great book, preferably one (or a dozen) with a dark & spooky theme, of course.
Before I suggest titles for reading, I *highly* recommend an extraordinary theatrical adaptation of a literary horror classic, right here in Atlanta – LIVE theatre – not to be missed by October 14th:
September 13 – October 14, 2012
Show times: Thursday – Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 7 PM
“Atlanta’s L5P Rock Star Orchestra takes you back to Transylvania. DRACULA: THE ROCK OPERA brings Bram Stoker's chilling novel to life with sex, blood, and rock & roll. Experience a theatrical concert event like no other. This wild musical journey features stunning visual effects, sultry choreography, and a live band rockin’ out to a new vision of this classic tale.”
After experiencing the powerful performance that is DRACULA: THE ROCK OPERA at 7 Stages, it is completely appropriate to start with Dracula: The Novel by Bram Stoker and/or, perhaps, an equally timeless dark & spooky tale: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
To round out the Dark & Spooky Dozen, I offer five years’ of Midtown Book Group selections for October & November (2007 - 2011). I am chillingly confident you will find something howlingly perfect -- and, please comment below, what is your favorite Dark & Spooky tale???
Midtown Book Group: Dark & Spooky Reading
by Erik Larson
Nov 2011 - Rated 4 / 5 Stars - A Midtown Book Group Favorite - Non-Fiction.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Oct 2011 - Rated 3.6 / 5 Stars - Old School Who Done It? Stands test of time.
Nov 2010 - Rated 3 / 5 Stars - Horror classic, chilling poems & stories.
by Daniel Stashower
Oct 2010 - Rated 2.8 / 5 Stars - True Crime > Murder & Mayhem > E.A. Poe
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Nov 2009 - Rated 3.5 / 5 Stars - Personal & book group favorite: non-stop thriller.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Oct 2009 - Rated 2.6 / 5 Stars - Non-fiction: All about dead bodies...creepy!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy - * 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner *
Nov 2008 - A frightening apocalyptic vision, very dark & scary.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Oct 2008 - Hysteria, witch hunts, all-too-human evil -- past, present, and future?
Chasing The Devil's Tale by David Fulmer - * Local Author *
Nov 2007 - Award-winning fusion of mystery, history & jazz...Reviewed
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Oct 07 - A literally haunting debut novel: tragedy, ghosts, family secrets.
The complete list of Books We Have Read, with Midtown Book Group Ratings (since Sept 2009), is updated each month and can be referenced here: Midtown Book Group – Books We Have Read.
Next up: Midtown Book Group – October 2012
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo:
"The Snowman, Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's U.S. debut, should please even the most die-hard Stieg Larsson fans. On the first day of snow, a child wakes up to find his mother has disappeared during the night. Outside, a snowman has appeared out of nowhere, the calling card of one of the most terrifying serial killers in recent fiction... Brilliantly crafted, this credible and dark page-turner fully fleshes out the characters, especially Hole, a hardened detective with sharp instincts and real heart."
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Barnes & Noble/Georgia Tech at 5th & Spring
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