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Halloween is near, and the holiday never seemed as appropriate as this year, when Baltimore marks the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. He gave us some wonderfully scary reads, including my favorites, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado. I also remember being completely spooked by "Something Wicked This Way Comes," Ray Bradbury's tale about a carnival that's even creepier than the standard town fair carnival.

Nancy admits being creeped out by Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves." (She's also scared of Stephen King's new novel "Under the Dome," fearing the hefty 1,088-page hardcover will fall off a shelf and crush her.)

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