I like the Gothic stuff at this time of year. Just wanted to say, for those who thought Pan's Labyrinth was a great movie but would never consider seeing Hellboy2 - just go ahead and rent it. The commentary by Guillermo Del Toro (AKA Papa Bear) is worth the price of admission in itself, and the film is quite beautiful. Apparently he does all the monster voices himself, which is exactly what I would do in his position.
This time of year gives me a taste for the Gothic stuff, so from my tiny bully pulpit, I'm going to list some favorites in case anyone is looking.
Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis
I don't know what the connection is between bloggers and dogs, but a lot of you seem to have canine companions. This woman wrote one book 11 years ago. She breaks your heart, but it's lovely.
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Described as "chick lit for nerds" by one reviewer. Quite a yarn.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The first two books are the best. If William Blake had written young adult fiction...
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James
To quote the Ramones, "Hey Daddy-o, I don't wanna go down/in the basement".
James told one of these stories to a roomful of Cambridge dons every Christmas.