As I was thinking about a topic for my post this month, the horror genre immediately came to mind (hmmm… I wonder why?). Ghostly tales, monsters, suspense. Stay-up-through-the-night novels. A great genre to read as the nights get longer, colder. Winds that howl, rains that mist, and fog every morning. As I was considering possible music pairings for some of my favorite horror novels, I couldn’t help thinking about movies or tv series that I could pair them with instead. So here you’ll find a horror you can watch, paired with horror you can read.
Harper’s Island (2009)
Harper’s Island follows Abby Mills, whose mother died tragically at the hands of the island’s notorious serial killer. She hasn’t returned to the island since, but seven years later her best friend invites her to his wedding–the destination: Harper’s Island. Abby must face her fears and confront her mother’s killer as family and friends start disappearing in tragic endings. There was only one season of Harper’s Island; 13 episodes in which at least one gruesome murder happened in each, ending with a twist no one saw coming. Really? He did it?
Ten by Gretchen McNeil (2012)
Also set on an island in the Pacific Northwest, Ten features a weekend house party turned murderous. The fun stops as people start dying and a DVD is found with the message: Vengeance is Mine. Another pairing for Ten; one that features a house party gone wrong? Scream (1996)–and its many sequels. But for the ghostly alternative: The House on Haunted Hill (1999)–or the 1959 version starring the master of creepy, Vincent Price. Continue reading Pairing TV and Movies with YA Literature: “The Monster Mash” edition