October 27

King’s sprawling odds & ends collection, spanning the period from his earliest days as a struggling writer publishing in men’s magazines through the peak of his mid-Eighties success, features 19 short stories, a novella, and two poems. Including such classics as “The Mist,” “The Raft,” and “Survivor Type,” Skeleton Crew is essential King, showcasing the author at the height of his powers.

Read the PostStephen King, Skeleton Crew (1985)

November 4

Shortly after the beginning of WWII, a young Jewish boy is placed in hiding by his parents, with a peasant woman in the Polish countryside. When his guardian dies, the boy is left to wander from village to village, encountering horrific acts of brutality and depravity among the paranoid and xenophobic peasants. Jerzy Kosinski’s gruesome, unrelentingly bleak tale of Polish peasants during World War II is the rare literary novel that also qualifies as Extreme Horror.

Read the PostJerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird (1965)