Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Schoolhouse by Lee Duigon (1988): Can't Even Think of a Word That Rhymes

Can't get enough of horror paperbacks adorned with skeletons - who still have all their hair! This one of a creepy skeletal schoolteacher is especially hilarious. I'm doing some Halloween-appropriate reading while getting ready for a big Halloween bash this weekend, so no reviews this week, alas. Enjoy Schoolhouse!

9 comments:

William Malmborg said...

I put this one down after only getting fifty or so pages into it. Just could not get into it at all. I will probably try again in the near future since it sounded interesting.

Will Errickson said...

I dunno - do you think it's worth trying again? Then again, I thought Duigon's LIFEBLOOD was okay. Nothing great or very good, but okay.

francisco said...

I have some doubts, these books with skeletons on the cover, are good ones? are they parodies? are they serious? apart of zebra books are there more publishers with the skeletons on the cover? In Spain you don't see things like that, here covers (with the excecption of the humble paperbacks of the 70's and 80's) tends to be more modern, artistic and even minimalistic

Will Errickson said...

Mostly they're just bad, not parodies, although I can see why you'd think that. Publishers can and do put terrible covers on their books because they think that will sell. Back in the '80s, skeletons on horror novels were essential. Other publishers did it, not just Zebra, but Zebra was the biggest offender in that regard. However, there are always exceptions; for example, see these two collections:

http://toomuchhorrorfiction.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-need-your-skulls-two-from-karl-edward.html

William Malmborg said...

I think I'll try it again simply because I hate leaving things unfinished. I will wait until I don't have anything new to read, however. If there is one thing I hate, its getting bogged down in a book I don't really care for while a stack of interesting ones waits on the coffee table.

wormface said...

That skeleton must have a hard time buying shoes.

nevertravelled said...

Been lurking for a little while... I am loving your blog-- these are all the books that fascinated me when I was too young to be brave enough to read them, and now I'm rediscovering them. I'm making a list to keep onhand for reference when garage-saling or thrifting. I also recently discovered that the Oakland (CA) library has a huge "basement" of archived books -- I am betting there will be a ton of these in there! Anyway. Loving the blog.

Will Errickson said...

Thanks nevertravelled! Yours is precisely the reason I do what I do here.

wormface, I too wondered about that very thing.

Peter said...

Peter is an author, psychology professor and former private practitioner. But Peter himself didn't put pen to paper at all, and he once even stated he'd never read them coz he "Knew what was in them anyway". Peter may have 500 articles in Canadian and USA media/magazines written and also many more books, so you could try looking up? I read books written HAUNTED NIAGARA: LEGENDS, Best Selling Vampire Book and Horror book for Children, Vampire Book
http://www.petersacco.com/
Thanks