After having a grand time reading The Woman in White, I've gotten my hands on all the Wilkie Collins I've seen at bookstores. I wasn't really planning on reading Armadale next, since it's even longer than The Woman in White -- it's over 800 pages long!
Today I was holding Pride and Prejudice with the aim of going past page 42 when I kept glancing at my copy of Armadale. I put P&P down and read the first chapter of Armadale just to check how it would compare to TWIW. Before I knew it, I was already on Chapter 4!
So, I guess I can assume that Collins is my favorite author of the moment. I love all the melodrama and the over-the-top narratives. His writing is very atmospheric and he came up with the most effective cliffhangers.
Of course, with Halloween being just around the corner, I have to read something scary. And my chosen book is this anthology of horror stories edited by one of my favorites, Peter Straub. If you're looking for a truly scary ghost story, dear reader, then you should check out Straub's Ghost Story. His Shadowland and If You Could See Me Now are also creepy reads.