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Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany | Book Review

Now that Thanksgiving is a distant memory, it’s time to turn our focus away from turkey and towards trick or treating. No other occasion is governed by as creepy an atmosphere as Halloween (although my Aunt Gladys’ birthday comes close), and I for one relish getting into the spooky swing of things. But how people psych themselves up for All Hallows’ Eve is a matter of personal preference. I think we all have a neighbour who goes overboard with the lawn ornaments, or know someone who likes to dress up like a monster and lay still on the porch waiting to jump to life and frighten unwitting children. But, for those of us who aren’t quite as theatrical, getting amped up for Halloween can be as easy as watching a scary movie, or, more to the point, reading a frightening book.

Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany from Ilex fits the bill perfectly. This is a Halloween book that is perfect for everyone because it has everything! Really, everything. Want an eerie story? They’re in here. Want lists of spooky movies to watch? They’re in here too. Or maybe you’re looking for a brief bio of Alice Cooper. You guessed it; it’s in here.

Written by author, writer and all-around horror aficionado, Jovanka Vuckovic, the subject matter has been expertly curated. Beginning with a list of the universal movie monsters and how they met their demise, this book really starts with a bang (Literally… lots of the monsters were shot). And things keep moving smoothly from there. Jumping seamlessly from bits of trivia, to synopses of horrific works of literature, to profiles on famous horror icons, Vuckovic’s Horror Miscellany will put you in the mood for Halloween and will keep you there until the fateful night arrives.


Jovanka Vuckovic is a writer, director, artist and film critic. An expert in genre film and literature, Vuckovic is also the author of ZOMBIES! An Illustrated History of the Undead.

Spooky Reads

In case you're looking for some books to get you in the Halloween mood, here are a few we've loved! Husk by Corey Redekop (ECW Press, $18.95) This is the latest zombie book that is an absolute must-read for anyone with a strong stomach and a fascination with flesh eating. Unlike most undead stories you come across, this one is written from the perspective of the zombie!

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown, $21.99) Although the author is mostly known for writing YA, this book about people with supernatural powers in 1920's New York definitely transcends the age genre and is spooky from the start! Best part: Libba will be in Toronto signing copies of the book in November!

V Wars edited by Jonathan Maberry (IDW Publishing, $24.99) Told in stories by eight different authors, V Wars chronicles the modern rise of vampires. By breaking  each story into parts and intermixing them, Maberry tells how the world is fascinated, terrified and finally overwhelmed by the discovery that vampires are, and always have been, real.

So enjoy your Halloween, enjoy these awesome books, and sleep tight (if you can)!