Titles getting another runout in paperback this month include Liu Cixin’s 15-story collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE ( , out now, Head Of Zeus). Some of the more experimental, whimsical pieces test one’s patience; elsewhere Cixin tackles cyberpunk noir or draws on “fox spirit” mythology. We said: “Uneven – but when he’s good, Liu is very, very good indeed.” Author William Gay died in 2012, leaving behind LITTLE SISTER DEATH ( , out now, Faber & Faber). This ghost story set in rural Tennessee in the early ’80s centres on an author who, seeking inspiration, moves his family to a haunted farm. What a plonker. We said: “Lands somewhere between Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy and Blair Witch… Positively thrums with a dark, witchy power.” With Halloween coming there’s a veritable avalanche of classic horror reissues in October. Highlights include three collections: Ray Russell’s HAUNTED CASTLES (6 October, Penguin Classics), which includes the tale that inspired William Castle film Mr Sardonicus; Mapp And Lucia author EF Benson’s GHOST STORIES of (6 October, Vintage Classics), selected and introduced by Mark Gatiss; and Five Children And It creator E Nesbit’s HORROR STORIES (29 September, Penguin). The latter is just one of five titles in the new Penguin Worlds range, which also includes novels by Emma Bull, John Christopher, Joanna Russ and Vernor Vinge – all of them intriguing choices.