It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today’s TTT prompt is about books with colors in their title. I decided to narrow this down to the horror and horror-adjacent genres because, you know, …. reasons (for anyone knew here, you’ll quickly realize that I peddle the horror genre very, very often). I am dividing this list into books (1) I’ve already read and (2) books that are still on my TBR.
Books I’ve read
The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde) is one of those classic books that I think everyone should read, especially when thinking about its influence on the horror genre and literature in general. I personally enjoyed it although there were passages that dragged on a bit.
I pretty much love everything I’ve read by Christina Henry. I am such a fan of dark retellings and I tend to devour her books. Red Queen (book #2 in the Chronicles of Alice series) is one of them and is absolutely fantastic. So dark, so creepy, so eerie! Sadly, The Girl in Red was a bit of a miss for me. I was entertained and enjoyed the plot but there were a bit too many clichés and tropes. But don’t let that deter you, the novel gets plenty of high ratings from other readers.
It is no secret that I think Thomas Harris has created the epitome of horror thrillers with his Hannibal Lecter series. Red Dragon crawled under my skin. I had a constant feeling of dread. Reading the deepest and most disturbing thoughts of a killer is a sure way for me to get scared.
Rainbow is a color, right?! Dark Rainbow is a fun horror anthology which tackles issues such as otherness by blending them with traditional horror themes (something I’ve always loved about the horror genre, see my TTT post on why I love horror). Some stories I liked, others left me disappointed. But one story truly stood out for me: Think of Me. It perfectly weaved together suicide and its aftermath of grief, regret, and sadness and then gave it a paranormal twist.
Books still on my TBR
Both, White is for Witching ( Helen Oyeyemi) and The Reddening (Adam Nevill) are on my August to-read list. In fact, they’re part of the Horror Afficionados group read (so join me if you want) and options on my Dewey’s reverse readathon stack. Haunted house stories and Gothic undertones are some of my favorite tropes in horror and White is for Witching promises to be just that. Stories steeped in folklore and featuring haunted grounds like The Reddening make up another theme I gravitate to often.
The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) is a short story, I am embarrassed to say, I only recently discovered but immediately put toward the top of my TBR. Horror and feminism go often hand-in-hand for me and I cannot wait to delve into this classic.
Have you read any of these books that I am mentioning? What did you think? Leave your reviews and your links to your TTTs below in the comments so I can be sure to check out your books with colors in the title.