October Reading List

As the air turns crisper and things get a little bit spookier, we look forward to all things autumnal, mysterious, and thrilling. The first book on this list comes from the author that inspired our store name. Much of Edgar Allan Poe’s work has a dark, mysterious air about it and even his death is a bit of a mystery (you can read more about that here). Our name, Cream & Amber, was inspired from one of his poems about drinking ale (learn more about our name from this blog post ).

Take a peek at our October Reading List to delve deeper into the mysterious side of the bookshelf.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe, Stories

Tales of Mystery & Imagination is a popular title for posthumous compilations of writings by American author, essayist and poet Edgar Allan Poe and was the first complete collection of his works specifically restricting itself to his suspenseful and related tales.

Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado, Short Stories, Local publisher- Graywolf Press

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

Coraline, Neil Gaiman, YA Fiction

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

The Wicked Deep, Shea Ernshaw, YA Fiction

Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery in the small coastal town of Sparrow, Oregon. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding town.

Now, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot lives with her mother on Lumiere Island where a lighthouse stands guard over the harbor. Penny knows more than most about the curse that torments the town: about the Swan sisters who were killed two centuries ago. She knows why they return from the brackish sea each summer on the anniversary of their death; she knows the revenge they seek. And she knows how to stop them.

I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara, True Crime

The haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case—which was solved in April 2018.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell, Stories

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’s nest.  A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran’s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.