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Backlist Bracket: The Scary Sixteen, Week 3

Oct 6, 2015 Random Notes

Welcome to Week 3 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.

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Congratulations to last week’s winner, Jake from Greenwich Connecticut! 

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 3:

The Road vs. The Stand

Two books set in our world, but after devastating events that have annihilated the population.  Each pits a few who cling to love and compassion against those who are driven by the darker side of human nature. Which made you consider becoming a prepper? What haunted you long after you finished reading?

Frankenstein vs. Dracula  

Mary Shelley’s scientist and his infamous monster take on Bram Stoker’s dark Count and the heroic Van Helsing. One eventually inspired Young Frankenstein and the other eventually inspired Twilight. Which original monster came the most alive for you from the pages of these classics?

The Haunting of Hill House vs. The Turn of the Screw

What’s scarier? The notorious Hill House that arouses your paranormal curiosity while gathering its powers to make unsuspecting visitors its own? OR A ghost story that needs no chains and demonic voices. A novel that creates an atmosphere of tingling suspense and unspoken horror and has been a masterpiece of the supernatural for a century.

 

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre vs. The Fall of the House of Usher In the last round of the Worst Fears category two of horror’s biggest names face off for the right to move on to the Frightening Four – Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft, who is the true master of fear?

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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.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

By Cormac McCarthy

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The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

By Stephen King

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

By Edgar Allan Poe

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Check back next week to see who’s made the cut!

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