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 email@example.com
A new shift is about to begin. The warden for the week’s #GraveyardShift is…
Thank you Gavin for having me, I’m delighted to be part of your Graveyard Shift feature and have had a lot of fun putting my choices together. My backpacks packed, with a flask of coffee and some snacks to keep up my strength. (That’s allowed, surely?! If not I’m reporting you to health and safety 😂)
Without further ado, here we go –
Nightbitch By Rachel Yoder
So Nightbitch herself is pretty happy to traipse around late at night. Maybe reading this again would give me the courage to complete my shift.
I’d need the attitude of Nightbitch to survive a night in a graveyard.
We Have Always Lived In The Castle By Shirley Jackson
Shirley is THE writer of classic macabre. Mainly macabre in terms of mindset and characterisation and I dive so deep into her stories. She could help to remove my mind from any scary situation.
The Dark By James Herbert
My first ever horror book as a teenager, Herbert introduced me to horror in the ’80s and I’ve never looked back. It HAS to be this edition though. This cover terrified me at 12/13 years old, and it still gives me the chills 35-odd years later! Reading this in a graveyard would just intensify my fear, why would I do that?! I must be mad. Mad for scares, that’s me 😉
The Element Encyclopaedia Of Witchcraft By Judika Illes
It’s obviously an absolute must! Why? Protection! I think I’m going to need it so with this book and all its tips and tricks, and most importantly, spells, I’ll surely get through the night unscathed. Where there’s horror there’s magic, yes?
Great Ghost Hunt By Jason Karl
A Graveyard Shift isn’t a proper shift without hunting for ghosts. So to scare myself to death, end up dying in a graveyard of fright would be the perfect ending to a horror fan. Will I get paid double-time if I go over my hours? Write out my cheque to “OwlBeSatTerrified” ok? Thanks 😉
The Devil Rides Out By Dennis Wheatley
Another classic horror from an author whose love of the occult hooked me in. I always connect Wheatley with the old Hammer Horror movies as many were made into films with Vincent Price and co. Perhaps my shift would be on a night when the moon is full and Satanists have stolen a virgin from her slumber. On reading this I’d have to keep a protection spell to hand so my Wiccan Encyclopaedia will be right there too, just in case!
James Herbert’s Dark Places By James Herbert
Well if I’m in a dark place, I may as well take a book of the same name. This one is all about Herbert’s inspiration for the settings of his stories. An interesting read, with plenty of legends connected with his chosen places. He’s my favourite author, just the one book by him in my backpack simply isn’t enough.
The End Of Alice By A.M. Homes
Not your typical horror story but horror of a different kind. This book would teach anyone not to be afraid of the dead, it’s the living who are the most terrifying. Controversial and darn right messed up, Homes’ story delivers the evil and monstrous side of human nature in the most beautiful prose. Reading this one on my shift would make me well aware that it’s not the grave plots and shadowy corners I should really be guarding…
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son By Iron Maiden
The very best Maiden album in my humble opinion. I know all the lyrics to every song so at least I can sing myself brave when the going gets tough! Anything with evil intent would hear my crooning and do a runner, that’s for sure!
A Starter Pack Of Herbs
No, not those kinds of herbs!! 🤣 Ok, I guess it’s multiple items really, but it looks like an innocent box and I’d turn the job down if I couldn’t bring it. I need all the protection I can get if I was on the Graveyard Shift, so it goes hand in hand with my Encyclopaedia.
I think I’m pretty sorted for my night. Send me my contract and I’ll sign and send it back to you Gavin 😂
Thank you so much for having me, I’ve really enjoyed putting this together.
Living all my life in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, my passion for all things books and reading was a gift given to me by my mum. I’ve been a bookworm all my life it seems. I joined Goodreads so many years ago now and my online presence has grown from there.
I mainly read horror, historical fiction and literary fiction. They all tend to have one thing in common, dark and/gothic tones.
You can find me in all these bookish corners – lurking – and generally causing my TBR pile to be dangerously large!
Twitter/IG – OwlBeSatReading
Goodreads – lisa-owlbesatreading