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Open Book Recommends: Chilly Fall Reading Guide

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The air is crisp, the days are cool and there are pumpkins everywhere! It's Halloween, the perfect day to share our Chilly Fall Reading Guide with you. We've put together a list of books that are creepy, freaky and full of spine-tingling thrills. There's something to entertain all readers on Halloween night, or any chilly fall night when something spooky is in order.

On Malice (Coach House Books) by Ken Babstock

In his newest book, Griffin Prize-winner Ken Babstock has created a sinister and haunting collection of poetry. With invented structures and repurposed illusions, these extended ghost-essays are the perfect read for any poetry lover on a cold, eerie night.

The Bewdley Mayhem (ECW Press) by Tony Burgess

The Bewdley Mayhem is a collection of three of Tony Burgess’ books; a collection of twisted short stories, a gruesome zombie novel and a story about the strangest town you’ve likely read about. This 700-page compendium of literary horror will have to be read with the lights on.

The Devil and the Detective (Coach House Books) by John Goldbach

In this novel of murder, corruption and betrayal, hapless private detective Robert James is trying to solve the case of a murdered husband with a femme fatale for a wife, whose lover has gone missing. The Devil and the Detective is a fun and humorous take on the noir crime novel.

Leak (BookThug) by Kate Hargreaves

In Leak, the relationship between language and the body lives in the bumps and bruises of our everyday existence, with poems that are both violent and pleasurable. Readers will be delightfully sickened by this collection of prose poetry.

Cipher: A Mystery (ECW Press) by John Jantunen

Curtis Mays, a high school football star and local hero, returns home to find his city mourning the death of a little girl, who happens to be the granddaughter of one of the richest men in Saskatchewan. As Curtis begins to piece together what happened and his past starts catching up with him, he learns his actions might have put things in motion in this harrowing physiological thriller.

Detecting Canada: Essays on Canadian Crime Fiction, Television, and Film (WLU Press) by Jeannette Sloniowski and Marilyn Rose, editors

Detecting Canada is a collection of thirteen essays on Canada’s crime writing, television shows and films. The most extensive study of crime genre in Canada to date, the essays examine texts from a variety of perspectives including postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, feminist studies, Indigenous studies and critical race and class studies. For any aficionado of crime fiction, this comprehensive look at the genre is a must-read.

Bunny and Shark (BookThug) by Alisha Piercy

Bunny and Shark is a heart-racing fable of the first thirteen days after Bunny is pushed off of a cliff in the Caribbean by her husband. Fueled by the miracle of having been saved from sharks by a group of dolphins, Bunny learns that her survival depends on her ability to become a spiritual extension of the landscape. A clever spin on the island survival story, this book is violent and heartbreaking but more than a little magical.

Buy these book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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