I know that all the Halloween reading challenges have probably officially run their course today and typically I am late to the party. The reason for this is I rarely read scary books, but I decided to dig through my past posts to see how rarely really?
Well, it turns out really very rarely. But I managed to find ten books I read that sort of fir the Halloween mood. So dress up, and after your Covid-safe trick or treating relax on a couch with something warm to drink, munching on your hard earned sweets and check those out:
Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk – whiel it is not your typical ghost story Tokarczuk has a lot of fun with the genres in this book and some parts are certainly chilling, especially with all the wild nature
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King – here we have lots of nature again. A little girl lost in a forest… written by Stephen King, what more can you ask for?
Dark Tales – Shirley Jackson – what can I say Jackson is the best. She was born to write scary stories. And there will be more of her books in this list as I simply love her. And I’m so excited to watch the movie Shirley!
Frankenstein in Baghdad – Ahmed Saadawi – war is horror in and of its own, but add to it our favorite creature and it really is a Halloween worthy novel that will get you thinking.
The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley – what could be more scary than a religious ritual in a desolate, windswept, rainy place?
Ghosts of Christmas Past – yes, I know not a Halloween one per se. But it is a collection of ghost stories, even if Christmas related. Also I’ve already heard Last Christmas on the radio this year and supermarkets start to stock up on festive booze.
Beloved – Toni Morisson – I know, it is not a book about ghosts exactly. And yet Beloved is clearly a spectre of sorts. It certainly is haunting, even if not in the most traditional sense.
It – Stephen King – a book that is equally a tribute to the most glorious summers of childhood and an exploration of fear itself. A classic.
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson – and yet, despite It, there can only one to rule them all…
What are your favorite Halloween reads?