Welcome to Week 2 of The Scary Sixteen!
The Penguin Random House team has come up with sixteen spine-tingling, spook-tastic contenders in four classic book categories that’ll make you sleep with the light on. Vote every week in a new round to determine the ultimate terrifying read!
Each week, there will be a drawing to see who wins a set of the Penguin Horror Classics set, edited by lifelong horror literature lover, Guillermo Del Toro.
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Ashley from Massillon, Ohio!Meet this week’s kickoff contenders: vote for one of each of these match-ups, and enter HERE for a chance to win the prize. Follow on social media and share your thoughts with the hashtag #scarysixteen. WEEK 2: The Ruins vs. Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft A book which will cause you to fear your garden takes on an author whose stories will haunt your dreams…It’s the book Stephen King called “the best horror novel of the new century” versus the author King hailed as “the 20th Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” Haunted vs. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings In Haunted, eighteen wanna-be writers set off on a retreat but instead are trapped in an abandoned theater by a mysterious benefactor with unknown motives – the result is twenty three of the most disturbing, stomach-churning stories you’ve ever dared to read. Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and speaking ravens all haunt the definitive collection of short stories from the master of the genre–Edgar Allan Poe–in The Fall of House of Usher and Other Writings. Which collection of haunted tales make you want to sleep with the lights on?
Where’s the worst place to spend a night? In an old house in a small Vermont town with a history of ghosts, sightings, and altogether creepy occurrences over the last 100 years or the notorious Hill House that arouses your paranormal curiosity and while gathering its powers to make unsuspecting visitors its own?The Turn of the Screw vs. The Little Stranger In these two novels, Henry James and Sarah Waters explore the nature of evil – and the apparently inevitable creepiness of English country estates. Which epically haunting masterpiece makes you jump at every bump in the night – the gothic classic or the 2009 Man Booker nominee? Click the image below to see the full-size bracket, and check back next week to find out who survived the first round! If you haven’t read the books mentioned above, check them out here! If you’d prefer to buy from an independent bookseller, check out IndieBound to find a bookstore near you. Check back next week to see who’s made the cut!
What’s the best creepy read to curl up with on a chilly fall evening? The Penguin Random House team has come up with sixteen spine-tingling, spook-tastic contenders in four classic book categories that’ll make you sleep with the light on. Vote every week in a new round to determine the ultimate terrifying read!
Each week, there will be a drawing to see who wins a set of the Penguin Horror Classics set, edited by lifelong horror literature lover, Guillermo Del Toro.Let’s get started! Meet this week’s kickoff contenders: vote for one of each of these match-ups, and enter HERE for a chance to win the prize. Follow on social media and share your thoughts with the hashtag #scarysixteen. WEEK 1: The Road vs. World War Z The apocalypse in World War Z is a busy and bloody chaos — the terrifying spread of two hundred million zombies devoted to consuming all life on earth is realistically recounted for us in every gory detail. The apocalypse in The Road is barren and cold – the Pulitzer Prize winning book follows father and son as they travel through the abyss, dodging unknown perils at every turn en route to their only hope: the coast. Which post-apocalyptic tale has you running for your panic room? The Stand vs. The Handmaid’s Tale The forces of Good and Evil clash in a world ravaged by disease in Stephen King’s massive, magnificent The Stand. In her masterpiece, The Handmaiden’s Tale, Margaret Atwood exposes a woman’s terrifying existence under a brutal totalitarian regime. Which book best imagines a horrifying future of humanity on the brink? Frankenstein vs. Infected What’s scarier? Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation of an anguished monster or an alien disease that turns ordinary Americans into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, their own families, and even themselves? Dracula vs. Salem’s Lot The King of Horror takes on the king of all vampire novels – which is scarier? Vampires in small-town Maine or THE vampire in 19th Century London? Click the image below to see the fullsize bracket, and check back next week to find out who survived the first round! If you haven’t read the books mentioned above, check them out here!
- High Plains Drifter by Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique: The special double vinyl version of this album featured a 360-degree photo of a street corner in NYC by photographer Adam Yauch, half displayed on the inside and half displayed on the outside. It requires two copies to put the photo together. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 257)
- Bad Bold Beautiful Girl by The Persuaders, The Persuaders: The Persuaders’ self-titled album came out in 1973, and the song Bad Bold and Beautiful Girl topped the R&B charts at #24 (Page in Dust & Grooves: 182)
- Free to Be…You and Me, by The New Seekers, Free to Be…You and Me: Free to Be…You and Me was an album that was originally released in 1972 and the result of a project by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The album promoted gender neutrality, and promoted individuality and being comfortable with self-identity. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 176)
- Little Green by Joni Mitchell, Blue: Little Green, a beautifully melodic song, explore’s Joni Mitchell’s experience with giving up a baby girl for adoption. The Album, Blue, is a favorite song of London-based record-collector Colleen Murphy. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 144)
- The Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World: The Man Who Sold the World is Bowie’s third album, and the title track was released in the US in November of 1970. Jeff Gold, of Venice California, notes that “The original cover, featuring Bowie in a dress, was evidently too much for his US and German record companies, to take. Both released the album with their own unique covers.” (Page in Dust & Grooves: 242)
- Time Dom Dom by Jorge Ben Jor, Samba Esquema Novo: Originating from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jorge Ben Jor fuses samba, funk, rock, and bossa nova. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 142)
- Trick of the Light by The Raah Project, Gilles Peterson Presents Brownswood Bubblers Five: Dust ad Grooves features an interview with Gilles Peterson, a DJ, record collector, and record label owner based in the UK. Gilles’ Brownswood Recordings was designed to give unknown artists a platform to help them have their music heard. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 295)
- Amazing Grace by Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace: Dust and Grooves’ author, Eilon Paz, interviews DJ Rich Medina, based out of the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. Rich says of Aretha’s rendition of Amazing Grace in Dust and Grooves, “The honesty in young Aretha’s voice on this LP showed us what it meant to truly sing from your heart at all times.” (Page in Dust & Grooves: 314)
- Be My Baby by The Ronettes, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes: Be My Baby peaked on the Billboard Top 100 at number 2. The Ronettes were one of the most popular groups of the 1960s, and hail from Spanish Harlem. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 342)
- Gat Kirwani by Ravi Shankar, The Best of Ravi Shankar: William Bensussen, also known as the Gaslamp Killer, says that Indian music is “what gets [him] in a really good mood,” during his discussion with Josiah Titus in Dust and Grooves. (Page in Dust & Grooves: 407)
- RAIN: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett (Crown)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau; Penguin Random House Audio, narrated by the author)
- Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti (The Dial Press)
- Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler (Penguin Books)
- How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books)
- The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips (Alfred A. Knopf)