There is no season like autumn. It's as if the year saves up all its secret powers to release into the crisp autumn air. October has magic. You see it in the Indigo skies at night teeming with misty gray clouds. You can smell it in the sweet, spicy scent of earthy leaves. Feel it in the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot. And shudder at the shadows that drift down from the skeletal branches above, forcing you look twice around your shoulder to see if a monster lurks at your heels.


Since it's the official month of ghouls and monsters, I would like to share with you the creepiest book that ever kept me awake at night. Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers  still sends chills down my spine, and makes me question whether a trip to the basement is a wise move. all you goons who can read Stephen King horror, I applaud. Me? I will gladly tuck into a good mystery or sci-fi or fantasy Novel all the live long day. Horror isn't really my bag (even though I try to make it so).

To my anxiety, Jack Finney sure does know how make some nightmares come to life. I'm not kidding when I say it kept me up for days. My overactive imagination was utterly convinced there was...wait a minute. I can't tell you that! You must go read it for yourself. take in the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers  film, while you're at it. What a classic!

My copy of the Body Snatchers  was picked up at BookMan BookWoman in Nashville. May that store forever RIP. I encourage all of you to support your local book shops! They are few and far between these days.

Disclaimer: read This book at your own risk in broad daylight.