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Know Your Editor: Jonathan Messinger’s Scary Fiction Recommendations

When I’m not wrapping my brain around public sector procurement and a little issue known as the government shutdown, I freelance as a book critic. This is something I’ve done for almost my entire professional career, working as one of the last full-time book critics left on this Earth from about 2005 to 2012. While most people think that critics become stodgier and more conservative in their tastes as they advance in age, I found it to be the precise opposite: The only way to keep yourself interested is to diversify what you read. To that end, I found myself in recent years enjoying a good scary book. So just in time for Halloween, here are some books (not written by Stephen King) to put some fright back in your night.