This spooky collection wants to haunt your Halloween! Will you let it? Take a peek at the following short story titles to get a sense of what’s ahead: “My Flannel Knickers,” “The Happy Corpse Story,” “How to Start a Pharmaceuticals Business,” and, most unfortunately, “My Mother Is a Cow.” There’s something of love and menace in these stories, something worth pursuing. Surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) has given us a brilliant and biting gift from beyond the grave.
Word’s pick: “Paperbacks From Hell” by Grady Hendrix
This is a great book for people who love the history of horror. Grady Hendrix takes you through the paperback horror boom of the ’70s and ’80s, starting with classics such as “The Omen,” “Jaws,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” And he explains how — a few blockbuster movies and great books later — it led to a boom in down-and-dirty horror books full of possessed nuns, killer children, and devils lurking everywhere from the subway to your living room.
— Will Olsen, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbo
In adaptations, this famous story is often cast as a tale of multiple personalities, with the mild-mannered doctor shocked to discover his misdeeds of the previous night. But this classic of Gothic horror is darker still! Dr. Jekyll takes on the persona of the working class Mr. Hyde and moves anonymously through a different social world, where life is cheap and he can enact his grisly fantasies before returning to the comfort of his aristocratic station. At once a political satire and an exploration of the dark recesses of the subconscious, Stevenson’s darkest tale still shocks!
— Samuel Partal, Community Bookstore [43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.commun
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