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Another non-fiction genuinely scary read here: “Black Eyed Children” by David Weatherly. Case studies, interviews and field work on the recently growing phenomenon of international visitations by what are commonly known as BEKs or Black Eyed Kids. So called, not because they have a shiner, but because their iris-less eyes are pure black like those of ET. They appear on doorsteps, by car windows, at hotel rooms, shop windows, even docked boats. Their skin is pale, their mannerisms are strange, they do not engage in conversation, but without exception insist on being invited in.

To date, no one has ever done so, or managed to restrain one as they emit a decidedly threatening aura. So who are they ? Year round trick or treat pranksters ? Alien hybrids ? Military hybrids ? Junior Men in Black ? Phantoms ? Dark angels ? Genetic mutations. ?

22 chapters, 228 pages, the author explores the various avenues of explanation and presents case studies from people from all walks of life who have encountered the Black Eyed Children.

Published by Leprechaun Press, Nevada.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 03 Nov 19:59
Wakefield, West Yorks.

@GeminiJen “The Trigger” by David Icke. Reviewed on this thread earlier. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Only it isn’t fiction. It’s real. Makes Halloween look like a cakewalk.

I’ve just posted this on the Halloween thread….

Halloween may have come and gone. But it’s dark outside and there’s a chill in the air..
Looking for a scary read?
Well, I’ve just finished Bird Box by Josh Malerman and it’s not for the fainthearted.
Set in a post apocalyptic world, this psychological thriller plays on the eternal fear of the unseen and the unknown.
Not recommended as bedtime reading

…..So, what would you nominate as a scary read?

Last Edited by GeminiJen at 02 Nov 18:45
Gullane

Grey-Wolf wrote:

This book is part of a highly ambitious Noir project by Akashic Books where new writers are collected from specific areas of USA to produce a volume which encapsulates the ethos of that particular location. Among their two dozen Noir titles are Los Angeles Noir, Manhattan Noir, Detroit Noir, Miami Noir and so on. There are also London Noir, Paris Noir, Rome Noir collections. Each volume prefaced by an editor who is actually from the area describing the taste and texture of the place.

Closer to home, I’d also recommend Tartan Noir: The Definitive Guide to Scottish Crime Fiction
Written by Len Wanner
Published by Freight Books, 2015

Gullane

“Cypherpunks ~ Freedom & the Future in the Digital Age” (non fiction) by Julian Assange. There can’t be anyone on here who hasn’t heard of this particular author who is currently languishing in Belmarsh prison since his eviction from the Ecuadorian Embassy. A small pocket book of 160 pages comprised of transcripts of conversations between Assange and three other colleagues (Jacob Applebaum, Andy Muller-Maghun and Jeremie Zimmerman) written as a warning of the implications of the world wide web with regard to censorship, militarisation, politics, economics, private and public sector espionage, privacy and surveillance of cyberspace. Assange posits that we are galloping into a screenage dystopia and submitting to a new totalitarianism with our every keystroke, net search, sms and mouse click all of which are easily interceptable by military, commercial and government agencies and the algorithms which invisibly monitor us all on a daily, hourly basis and are recorded on unlimited storage space which becomes cheaper by the year with increasing rapidity.

An advocate of encryption as an antidote, Assange still holds faith in outwitting the web at its own game as it continues to envelop every aspect of our lives, public and private to the benefit only of an elite few. This book certainly holds true to its own blurb: “a book you can read in an hour or two, but you’ll be thinking about it for years.”

Hard to find in the shops, this book is available via:

http://www.orbooks.com/julian-assange

Last Edited by GreyWolf at 25 Oct 16:15

iwent wrote:

Not sure whether you’ve quite persuaded me it’s time to read this classic, but it’s a definite maybe.

Hi, Iwent! Dostoevskij is rather a spesific writer ) if you don’t like his first, say, 30 pages of a book then very likely you want read it on )

Atlanta

Bronx Noir (fiction) short story collection edited by S.J. Rozan . Debates still continue as to the actual definition of Film Noir in cinema going circles (see Wikipedia) and the same can be said of Lit Noir as I discovered in this collection of short stories all set in the Bronx area of USA.

Very spare and sparse sketches of the human condition in this vibrant but often daunting and troubled part of the states with its mixed communities, ethnicities and occupations which would easily lend themselves to short films. It’s a credit to the 19 new writers of this collection that allows the reader to be engaged in the immediacy of the scenarios and of the characters, feeling quite at home, in a place where they’ve probably never actually been.

This book is part of a highly ambitious Noir project by Akashic Books where new writers are collected from specific areas of USA to produce a volume which encapsulates the ethos of that particular location. Among their two dozen Noir titles are Los Angeles Noir, Manhattan Noir, Detroit Noir, Miami Noir and so on. There are also London Noir, Paris Noir, Rome Noir collections. Each volume prefaced by an editor who is actually from the area describing the taste and texture of the place.

For the traveller, these short story collections form very good background reading for the characters, subcultures and social mores which thrive in a particular setting or neighbourhood of the world, probably unbeknownst to the tourist at first glance.

Chanced upon this particular American copy in a charity shop, not sure if they’re available in UK outlets, though Amazon should have them.
Akashic Books website link below, one or two Booker prize winners among their author ranks.

http://www.akashicbooks.com

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 22 Oct 13:02
Wakefield, West Yorks.

Hi @Cistanista
Not sure whether you’ve quite persuaded me it’s time to read this classic, but it’s a definite maybe.

Currently reading “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevskij. Excellent book! With an extremely deep philosophical idea! Try to reread it once a year!

Atlanta

Guess what. New NEXUS magazine just out, informative and revelatory as ever: Afterlife, electropollution, Hopi history, Crop Circles, acid & alkaline foods:

http://www.nexusmagazine.com

Last Edited by GreyWolf at 16 Oct 20:31
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