It’s Sunday! Time for our Book Hunting Expedition post where we share about books that found their way into our shelves. These are the books that have relentlessly haunted and hunted us until we just have to have them in our lives.
Yes, I am being extra-dramatic today as we are launching our new bimonthly theme this September/October (until first week of November) – Monsters, Beasts, and Chimeras: Spooks and Spectres
Essentially we are looking for the following books:
- Books with monsters and beasts as main characters (could be interpreted in an allegorical/metaphorical manner)
- Devils and Demons
- Books with chimeras and imaginary creatures (Sphinx, Phoenix, etc)
- Ghosts and scary creatures: spooks and spectres
We are trying to steer clear of witches and wizards, zombies, vampires, and werewolves since they could constitute a theme of their own.
Book Hunting in the Library
We did a bit of research to look for books that we can borrow from the library in connection with our theme. Here are a few that I found:
The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious and (maybe even) Magical Creatures by Judy Young and illustrations by Laura Francesca Filippucci, A Not Scary Story about Big Scary Things by C. K. Williams and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska.
I made sure I borrowed practically all of Gris Grimly’s books in our library. Glad to see that he has this collaboration with Marilyn Singer: Monster Museum and Creature Carnival. I have a feeling I’d share these two picture books for Poetry Friday.
More artwork by Gris Grimly in Sipping Spiders through a Straw: Campfire Songs for Monsters written by Kelly Di Pucchio, and Gris Grimly’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
I borrowed this previously from the library but didn’t have a chance to read through it: The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges and illustrations by Peter Sis.
The Mark of the Beast: The Medieval Bestiary in Art, Life, and Literature edited by Debra Hassig. And of course, how can we not include an H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness.
The Bestiary by Nicholas Christopher and John Gregory’s The Spook’s Bestiary as told to Joseph Delaney.
Edgar Allan Poe Extravaganza
Because when we talk about spooks and spectres, we immediately think of Edgar Allan Poe. Nevermore: A Photobiography of Edgar Allan Poe by Karen E. Lange and Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson.
Book Hunting from my Own Shelves
I have a pretty huge collection of scary stories that I have not read yet. I thought that this would be the perfect time to get those book spines cracking.
The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters by Judy Sierra and Illustrated by Henrik Drescher. I also dug up a book I found in Finland – Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre by Christopher Dell.
Guide to Tolkien World: A Bestiary by David Day. I bought this at Barnes and Noble for 6 dollars I believe when I last visited two years back.
I have a special fascination with this creature, and so I include it in our theme: Chimera by John Barth.
I’ve been meaning to read Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence. Now is as good a time as any, I thought. And The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
We can not possibly have a Spooks and Spectres theme without Ray Bradbury: The Halloween Tree. I bought this during the Singapore Library Sale.
A good friend reminded me yesterday of Clive Barker’s Mister B. Gone which is described in the blurb as a “bone-chilling novel, in which a medieval devil speaks directly to his reader – his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next.” I have a feeling it’s perfect for our theme.
And A Special Book Surprise
I am also very excited to receive Erik Weibel’s The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, Book 1: A Bad Idea. Erik is the amazing 11 year old boy who runs This Kid Reviews Books. I am very excited to read this book! 🙂 Thank you so much for sending me not one but two copies, Erik!