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    The Verge Reads: Vote for October's Book Club book now!

    The Verge Reads: Vote for October's Book Club book now!


    It's the spookiest month

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    We know we're a little behind, and that tomorrow is the first day of October, but it's time to vote for October's book now. This month's selections are all scary tales appropriate to the season, and we're looking forward to being terrified with you.

    Don't forget, we're just finishing up Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker for September, join us here. Because of time constraints (we're behind!), the poll will end this Saturday, October 5th. By the way, we're doing a trial run of a comics club here, join in with your suggestions.

    Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (2013)

    The just-published, long-awaited follow-up to Stephen King's classic 1977 horror novel, The Shining is getting solid reviews. It returns to the world of Danny Torrance, the child protagonist of The Shining, as an adult, still dealing with the fallout from the events at the Overlook Hotel many years before.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving (1820)

    The Sketch Book is widely considered to be one of the founding pieces of American literature, Irving inspired other famous writers like Hawthorne and Poe, whose works helped to bring a Gothic feel to American life. The Sketch Book contains some of Irving's most famous stories, including "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

    The Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood by Algernon Blackwood (1973)

    Algernon Blackwood is considered to be one of the best (and most prolific) purveyors of the ghost story. This collection brings together 13 of his best stories, including Lovecraft's favorite, "The Willows," and "Ancient Sorceries." The stories in this collection were originally published in the early 20th century.

    The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (2013)

    A thriller about a time-traveling serial killer which William Gibson has called "completely kick-ass," Beukes's The Shining Girls was published this past summer to great reviews.

    Ghost Story by Peter Straub (1979)

    Like some of the best King work, Ghost Story is a terror-filled tale of grown men whose childhoods comes back to haunt them, literally.

    Update: Thanks for voting. We'll be reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Join us!


    What book should we read in October?

    This poll is closed

    • 42%
      Doctor Sleep
      (144 votes)
    • 10%
      The Sketch Book
      (35 votes)
    • 8%
      Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
      (27 votes)
    • 34%
      The Shining Girls
      (116 votes)
    • 5%
      Ghost Story
      (17 votes)
    339 votes total