Friday, October 28, 2005

Books to read on Halloween, Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day

So what are you reading this weekend?

Despite the advance celebration of the department stores of Christmas the Feast of All Saints and the Feast of All Souls is just around the corner. It is the time of remembrance, celebration and prayer. A lot of people will be trekking to the different cities of the dead to remember friends and families who have crossed to the undiscovered country.

The topic of ghosts, ghouls and goblins will surely fill the tv screens and the airwaves. So for us bookworms what are we to do when we go tired of the usual run of shows featuring ghosts in the attics and vampires in the bathroom?

One can always read a book.

I am sure you would have your favourite reads when it comes to horror and supernatural books. The list of authors is nearly endless - Anne Rice, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stroker, MR James, HP Lovecraft et al.

Me? I am kind of old fashion I like reading the old authors Bram Stoker's epistolary novel Dracula, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe's A Cask of Amontillado and the Black Cat, MR James' Casting on the Runes, and HP Lovecraft's Rats in the Wall. These are all my favourites but what is intriguing for me is a series of books written by Mr Maximo Ramos on the supernatural creatures and beings in Philippine folklore.

As far as I remember here are the titles:

  • The Creatures of Midnight

  • Aswang Complex in Philippine Folk Lore

  • Legends of the Lower Gods

Mr Ramos compiled the different beliefs regarding supernatural creatures through-out the Philippines. It is an interesting read. You learn that the term Aswang is used to describe five different types of supernatural creatures - werebeasts, ghouls, blood suckers, internal organ eaters, viscera suckers and witches. You also get to learn of the different way to find out if the person is an aswang, how to deal with them and even how to cure one of the sickness. It also has a lot of stories taken from interviews with a wide array of people. You get to learn of an aswang bird caught near Subic, the delegation of mananangals teachers from another province, the danger of insulting an aswang, and the difference between two types of witches, a mangkukulam and a mambabarang.

His books are not limited to Aswang alone. Within the pages of the books you will get to encounter giants or cafres, headless creatures aptly called pugot, creatures like the bungisngis and other creatures.

For me it truly is an interesting read. So..what are you reading in the next few days?


Blogger eruannie said...

my sem break readings -

1. the pendragon chronicles
2. anansi boys
3. dolores claiborne

10:30 AM  
Blogger juned said...

Wow! Anansi Boys. :)

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... there a Aswang Complex book for sale in your site? i really want this book, pls if ever you have one , kindly post it in

William Famillaran

3:57 AM  
Blogger juned said...

William, I do not know if there surplus copies around. I will check it around. Maybe the publisher still has copies,

5:14 AM  

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