I’m glad I can read. So many books published over the years have made an impact on me, both as a child and as an adult, it would be impossible to list them all. I recommend starting a library, however small, of books that you love and add to it at least once a year (more if possible). If you have small children, start a library for them with Dr. Suess and Curious George and Little Golden Books. If you have grade school kids, grab some Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books. For high schoolers…well, good luck. I’m blessed with children who love to read, but I know others really struggle getting teens to sit down with a book.
Take a look at the list below. Some of these suggestions are for younger readers, while others are intended for more mature minds. What is missing from your library? What books would you add to the list?
- The Ralph S. Mouse Complete Set: The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, and Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- The Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Box Set by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell
- The League of Seven by Alan Gratz
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
- The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft edited by Leslie S. Klinger
- Night Gallery and Night Gallery 2 by Rod Serling
Day 11 – Your favorite science fiction horror film…
When I think of science fiction, the first thing that comes to mind is Star Wars. But Star Wars isn’t horror. I’m not a fan of the Alien(s) franchise. Most of the sci-fi that I do like, I don’t consider horror. So it took me a while to come up with an answer here. I finally settled on RE-ANIMATOR, based on the H.P. Lovecraft tale. While I’m not crazy about the film (it’s good, but not great), I love Lovecraft and it just seemed to fit here.
George A. Romero is revered for his cinematic prowess in the zombie genre, but there is another artist I believe is too often overlooked in zombielore: the author H.P. Lovecraft, and particularly his tale “Herbert West–Reanimator” (which you can read at that link).
In 1985, the story was adapted for the big screen, starring Jeffrey Combs and directed by Stuart Gordon. Two sequels have been made, Bride Of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator, the latter of which reportedly has little to do with Lovecraft’s creation (I wouldn’t know, I’ve never seen it). Plans for a fourth installment in the movie franchise, a political satire entitled House Of Re-Animator, have been scrapped.
There is also an online shooting game called “De-Animator” based on the stories. Click here to play. But beware, it’s very addicting!!!