You are invited to look after the Kendall Reviews Cemetary, and to choose eight books, preferably horror/dark genre, to take with you to cover your shift; here you can discuss why you chose the books.
As well as the books, wardens are allowed one song/album to listen to. Again, an explanation for this choice is required.
You must also discuss one luxury item you can bring, which must be inanimate and not allow communication.
If you’d like to take part in The Graveyard Shift then please submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org
A new shift is about to begin. The warden for the week’s #GraveyardShift is…
Within these pages…
A man afraid of losing his son ends up losing his mind instead. And then finds himself trapped in a waking nightmare of his own making.
A frustrated man curses life for passing him by but discovers how it feels to be truly forsaken when the universe chooses to teach him a horrifying lesson.
An outcast must decide between vengeance and forgiveness in a world turned upside down by war and famine.
A woman is put on trial in a world where telling the truth is a crime.
A boy lives in constant terror of someone who is supposed to love and protect him but who has betrayed that trust. A horror story that reminds us of the real-life monsters walking among us every day.
And eight other dark tales…
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
How can you think of graveyards without thinking of this classic? It’s a masterpiece examining a man’s coldness toward his own creation—a creature tormented by feelings of love and rage and impotence—and through that, the perceived indifference of nature and God to human beings themselves.
The Shining by Stephen King
A haunted hotel. A tortured writer who descends into madness and stalks his own family. What’s not to love? This is one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read, and I think it would be a perfect companion with which to pass my time among the dead.
They Thirst by Robert McCammon
The scariest vampire book out there, bar none. I remember reading this many years ago and having to get up and draw my blinds against the night because I just knew a bloodless face was going to come floating out of the darkness up to my window. My advice: read this on a bright sunny day and have plenty of crucifixes on hand.
In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson
Maybe not the scariest vampire book there is, but definitely one with a creep factor of about 9.5. Davidson creates a feeling of loneliness and lost hope in a place that feels like perpetual twilight even in the glare of a merciless noonday sun. And the thing in the cabinet will send shivers down your spine despite the suffocating desert heat.
No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill
This book truly stresses what it’s like for someone who is poor and vulnerable—a desperate woman forced to stay in a dangerous old house with some very sinister landlords (not to mention some anguished spirits). And unlike the graves for which I presently find myself the caretaker, the ones in this story have no stones to mark their occupants.
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
Probably the scariest collection I’ve read to date, hands down. Every story here, from “The Rats in the Walls” to “The Thing on the Doorstep” evokes feelings of dread and repulsion. These tales left me feeling like a kid again, scared of the dark and afraid to let my feet slip out from under the covers.
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
A fantastic coming-of-age story about a group of boys in the 1960s who must confront an ancient evil that threatens to destroy them all. This book scared the daylights out of me, and it would be an essential addition to my graveyard reads.
1984 by George Orwell
I mean, come on. How scary is this book? To be trapped like a hamster on an endlessly rotating wheel without any hope of ever living a genuine life, never allowed to simply be yourself. An endless existence of gray days and solitary nights, with a watchful eye judging your every move.
Magnified by Failure.
This 90s album is full of songs about angst, drug abuse, depression, and strange dark concepts. It’s also some of the best, most creative rock music ever recorded, in my humble opinion.
A shovel. Because it makes a great murder weapon (see my story, “Deadfall Lane” in Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs). Also, being the caretaker, you never know when I might need to dig up a body or two.
Israel Finn is an American writer of horror, suspense, and science fiction.
His stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including, In Darkness, Delight: Masters of Midnight from Corpus Press, and Unnerving Magazine, as well as the #1 bestseller (in both the US and the UK) Collected Christmas Horror Shorts.
He is a winner of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition and the author of Dreaming At the Top of My Lungs.
Find out more about Israel by visiting his official website www.israelfinn.com