Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. And of things that go bump! in the night. (No, I don’t mean falling leaves.) In the Fall one’s fancies turn to thoughts of … Frights, Fears, Foul Secrets and Fouler Deeds. Which is why Readers Imbibing Peril, if the XVI following RIP is any guide, has proved so popular for so very long.
I think I may be able to muster up a few titles as likely suspects for my own reading, but whether I’ll actually get round to reading any of them (or indeed none of them) is beside the point. The point being that it’s usually fun to consider one’s choices.
Here are some books I’ve hoiked from my shelves as possible reads in September and October — a mix of recent acquisitions and tomes long forgotten. Some have been recommendations, some charity shop purchases, others by authors I either like or feel I ought to read.
So, here are books aimed at a younger readership, such as Astrid Lindgren’s fantasy about death, The Brothers Lionheart, or Garth Nix’s YA horror / fantasy novel about possession. Also here are detective thrillers like Paul Auster’s compendium The New York Trilogy and Ragnar Jónasson’s Scandi noir The Darkness (itself the start of a trilogy).
I have a classic noir from James M Cain and Amanda Craig’s recent psychological thriller The Golden Rule; then there’s another psychological thriller from Meike Ziervogel, Clara’s Daughter and Kate Hamer’s tense The Doll’s Funeral in the vein of her earlier The Girl in the Red Coat.
Finally, as well as two Ruth Rendell mysteries I’ve Sam Youd’s The Winter Swan, told from the point of view of a deceased woman, and William Beckford’s Gothick fantasy with an Oriental twist Vathek. I think with these random choices I’ve managed to cover the whole range of genres, from Mystery, Suspense and Thriller to Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural.
But which one I’ll alight on first, if at all, remains to be seen. Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend to start with, or at least advise I include this autumn? Do let me know: I’m currently midway through Friedrich Schiller’s classic The Ghost-Seer and need something to aim for next!