We have a treat for our listeners this week. We are joined by another special guest. You might recognize her from her YouTube channel ABookOlive where she talks about her love of non-fiction. She joined us this week to help us with some recommendations concerning non-fiction that would appeal to horror readers.
We had a great conversation about embracing the things that scare you, as well as the things that fascinate you enough to find yourself down Wikipedia rabbit holes.
These are the books we mentioned on this episode of Books in the Freezer
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
A graphic memoir with a film adaptation out now, follows Jeffrey Dahmer before he committed the horrific acts that branded him in history as we know him today. What was Jeffrey’s home life? Were there any warning signs that something was deeply wrong with him? A sobering and haunting look at the high school experience of an outcast who would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers.
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
A natural and cultural history of the less-than-appetizing practice of cannibalism in recorded history. He goes into depth about where we see cannibalism in the animal kingdom and what motivations animals have for employing the practice. He also discusses our taboo toward cannibalism but also a few famous cases of cannibalism – namely, the Donner Party and the Siege of Leningrad.
Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr
This book is written by a socialist who decided explores why people love to scared. As a self declared thrill-seeker, she test drives different types of fear-inducing experiences. (like roller coasters, going up tall buildings and exploring haunted houses.)
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
“Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget.”
Rabid: Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
“An engrossing, lively history of a fearsome and misunderstood virus that binds man and dog. The most fatal virus known to science, rabies — a disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans — kills nearly one hundred percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. In this critically acclaimed exploration, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart four thousand years of the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving trea
tment, Rabid is a fresh and often wildly entertaining look at one of humankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.”
The Horror of It All: One Moviegoer’s Love Affair with Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead… by Adam Rockoff
“Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as a horror film aficionado and screenwriter recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between.Author Adam Rockoff traces the highs and lows of the horror genre through the lens of his own obsessive fandom, born in the aisles of his local video store and nurtured with a steady diet of cable trash. From Siskel and Ebert’s crusade against slasher films to horror’s Renaissance in the wake of Scream, Rockoff mines the rich history of the genre, braiding critical analysis with his own firsthand experiences. Be afraid. Be very afraid”
BEYOND BOOKS: Our Non-Bookish Horror Recommendations
Olive: Goosebumps book Please Don’t Feed the Vampire by R.L. Stine
Stephanie: Mindhunter on Netflix
Rachel: The Babysitter on Netflix
I got really obsessed with the whole eco-friendly burial movement in April and binge-watched all of Caitlin Doughty’s videos on Ask a Mortician, but the website for “The Order of the Good Death” has so many books listed on topics like burial, cremations, real horror stories, (Colin Dickey’s book is in there too), and anthropology books on burial practices. I started going through this list, see if you like anything: http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/resources/books
OOh! This is a great resource. Thank you! Smoke Gets In Your Eyes was one of my favorite books of the year.
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