I have my pretty, pretty card, and I'm all set!!!


Obsidian Blue and Moonlight Madness, enterprising goddesses that they are, are hosting again this year, and you can get your own card here. For lists of suggestions, this is the master-post Murder by Death is managing.


My Card




Book Picks



Doomsday: The Road by Cormack McCharthy; Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Classic horror: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe; The Yellow Wallpapaer by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Uncle Silas by Sheridan LeFanu

Fear the Drowning Deep: Jaws by Peter Benchley; The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham

Terror in a small town: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle

Baker Street Irregulars: The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1) by Carolyn Keene; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley


Darkest London: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab's; The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie; Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gothic: The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe; The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole; The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Ghost Stories: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Genre: Horror: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty; Feed by Mira Grant

Deadlands: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Careyr; Blood Games by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; Feed by Mira Grant; Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Murder Most Foul: Strangers on a train by Patricia Highsmith; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold; Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell; Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

Supernatural: Hell House by Richard Matheson; Smoke and Mirrors by Gaiman; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving; Anansi Boys by Gaiman; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Free Space

Modern Noir: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane; Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Relics and Curiosities: Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder; The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks


Amateur sleuth: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco; The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Country house mystery: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane; The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

Diverse voices: My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due; Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor; Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Spellbound: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke; The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elisabeth George Speare; Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead

Creepy Carnivals: Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter; Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman; The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson; Caraval by Stephanie Garber; NOS4A2 by Joe Hill


A Grimm Tale: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier; Beauty by Robin McKinley; Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier; Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Cryptozoologist: Metamorphoses by Ovid; His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik; The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett; The BFG by Roald Dahl

Modern Masters of Horror: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Shifters: The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon; The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore; Nice Girls Don Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper; The Howling by Gary Brandner

Southern Gothic: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt; Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon