It’s Never Too Early to Get Your Children Hooked on Horror Fiction

The ubiquitous “They” say it’s good to read to children. Kids’ books are fine and dandy, but what’s important at this stage is simply being verbal around your child. So I read Dudeskull a couple of chapters of this:

He was…not impressed.

He was much more approving of “Sweet Dreams Lullaby”


So…what are you reading, dear readers?

*Full Disclosure: It’s a lovely book with amazing illustrations. I think I liked them more than Dudeskull did.


34 thoughts on “It’s Never Too Early to Get Your Children Hooked on Horror Fiction

  1. Ultra Ninja likes stuff with measured cadence and rhythm, so I recite poetry at her. Jabberwocky is a favourite because I know that one off by heart. She's heard a lot of Robert Service too.Sadly, she seems to care about meter so D-KW originals are not well received.

  2. I have just finished The Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler. It is one of a series of books about The Peculiar Crimes Unit and the two Dectives John May and Arthur Bryant.Arthur is a bit annoying at times and it is not all that pulse racing but they are good books. The Dudester would like them because of the atmospheric descriptions and arcane historical information.

  3. When the Doktorling was a wee babby I used to read to her from Roger Penrose's "Shadows of the Mind". She was not well pleased with the equations.She did enjoy the song "The Hair on Daddy's Head keeps Falling Out" [same tune as Wheels on the Bus].

  4. Just finished Crais' "The Sentry". If you aren't a Joe Pike fan, it's hard to imagine who you ARE a fan of. Joe is a perfect anti-hero – deeply human, deeply flawed, and WAY more lethal than anybody ever quite gets. Plus, his ongoing feud with LAPD is always good for a few smiles. He deals with street cops the way we ALL wish we could.Now I'm waiting for the Brown Truck to show up with Charles Yu's "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe". One of the foundational novels of mikey was Paul van Herck's "Where were you last Pluterday?" and I'll never stop seeking that special rush again. I last got it with Tim Powers' "Expiration Date", and I'll report back next week on Yu's attempt…

  5. I'm currently slogging my way through "America Aflame", the nonfiction history of the lead-up to the Civil War. I refuse to read anything else until I finish that, so I won't get to "Boneshaker", recommended by the Young Chowderette, before, say, Christmas.Jury's still out on the basic premise of America Aflame, that the evangelicals made the War a war instead of allowing a peaceful solution to be found, much as I see parallels in modern times.

  6. I am reading the Internet. It works well w/ my attention span.No mention yet ofShut The Fuck & Go To Sleep On The Moon, or whatever it's called?Quick question: Whose corporate logo is your background made of?

  7. Sirius, I totally enjoyed The Bromeliad Trilogy.I enjoyed those as well. And thanks to this thread I checked out what Pratchett is up to these days and I discovered that there's a new Tiffany Aching book out as well as a new Discworld book coming out October 11, Snuff. Looks like I have some books to buy.

  8. Philip K Dick, Zelazny, Jack Vance, Jane Austen, Tacitus. And thanks to Smut for the link to "Rain In The Doorway", which I remember having somewhere but cannot find.

  9. O, just read him Slaughterhouse-Five so he can learn war, death, pain, time travel, humor, atheism and humanism all in one go.(zombie not responsible for any necessary therapy resulting from following zombie recommendations)Hell, even Young Zombie has not started on the Vonnegut yet. He's at the right age, though, and probably should get some of that in his hands before he starts in on the Ayn Rand.

  10. I will say this: when my kids were something like 6 and 8 or so, I read Watership Down to them. Obviously they didn't get a lot of the deeper meaning from the story but they still talk about it as a special thing a dozen years later.One of my better moves as a parent, if I do say so myself.

  11. Remember, people, when reading stories aloud, you have to use a special voice for each character. Voicing them all in a meth-crazed psychotic gabble leads to a dissatisfied customer.

  12. "Voicing them all in a meth-crazed psychotic gabble leads to a dissatisfied customer."'S'possible, I suppose.But it's always worked out pretty well for me.You have to consider the basic "give me money and I'll go away and leave you alone" strategy…

  13. the basic "give me money and I'll go away and leave you alone" strategy…This works with the Frau Doktorin but I think the Doktorling is more resistant, being equally capable of causing annoyance.

  14. I just finished Max Barry's prophetic Jennifer Government. I am in the middle of the urban fantasy anthology Mean Streets edited by Jim Butcher. I will be moving onto Charles Stross' anthology Wireless after that.

  15. I can't recommend Jennifer Government enough. It was written in 2002, but foretells a bizarre anarcho-capitalist future after a teapartyistic movement has finally succeeded in abolishing tax. (The word "tax" is mentioned with a delicate little shudder of revulsion.) Everyone is basically press-ganged thereafter into corporations, and people take on their corporate sponsor's name as their own last name, like "Claire Sears" (works at Sears) or "Sarah" (running a dot-com out of her basement). Jennifer Government is an ex-corporate flack and single mother who is now a hard-bitten enforcer for a for-hire FBI—the last nominally governmental institution left. Hack Nike is a low-level merchandise agent for (obviously) Nike with a non-assertiveness problem. (Even more of a liability in this future.) When Nike marketing execs trick him into signing a contract to randomly kill teenagers as part of a marketing campaign, Hack doesn't know what to do. But what he chooses to do—subcontract to The Police(TM) ("Every move you make…")—brings an enormous cast of characters into an inexorable collision with Jennifer Government.

  16. He was…not impressed.But I was.Hults has a free download of 4 short stories on the iPad, and they were FUCKING AWESOME. "Anything Can Be Dangerous" is hilariously scary.Read the first couple of chapters of Husk, too. May have to get that one. Needs more zombie from what I can see.

  17. I can't recommend Jennifer Government enough.OK, that settles it. I am checking that out on amazon today. Hults has a free download of 4 short stories on the iPad, and they were FUCKING AWESOME. "Anything Can Be Dangerous" is hilariously scary.I LIKE FREE.

  18. SC: Depends on the level of bubble you build around your teenager. It has some F-bombs. I don't really remember any explicit sex but there are definitely references. It's fairly violent in places, and occasionally gruesome. OTOH it does have some interesting morals about materialism and obsession; the character of Violet Exxon-Mobil (WHO JUST WANTS HERS DAMMIT) is particularly interesting here, an inversion of the cool and collected hacker archetype.

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