A Month of Horror: Day 15

15 October

Movie: Nosferatu (1922)
Book:
Hell Hath No Fury


Some of you may dismiss silent films or black and white films as holding nothing capable of frightening the modern audience. For you I say
Nosferatu. The first1 cinematic version of Stoker's Dracula holds, for my opinion, some of the creepiest visuals of any vampire to hit the big screen. If you are not totally creeped out by the scene were Count Orlack rises, stiff bodied, to fill the screen, then you have a stronger constitution than I. While the film is available in various DVD forms, for the true movie going experience, try to find a local movie house showing a revival version. Bonus points if the building has a pipe organ.

Hell Hath No Fury is a collection of nineteen short stories by author Peggy Christie. The tales are not only scary, but also moving. Some, like "Keeping Up With the Joneses" have a nice undercurrent of humor. Others like "The Lonely Corridor" will stay with you long after you put the book down. What is amazing is that while the collection covers many different types of horror fiction, there are no clunkers in the mix. An excellent batch of stores from an author at the top of her game.



1. Unauthorized.