When I was in my first year of uni, in my first week, a boy knocked on my door and asked if he could come in for a bit. Since we were all in the stage of leaving our doors open and trying to make new friend’s I happily obliged and watched as he examined my room. He paid a lot of attention to my bookshelf and I quietly hoped he was someone who shared my passion for reading and we could have deep conversations about the books we had read. Instead he turned around and said ‘you have too many, dark, horror books, you should get more colourful ones.’ Needless to say we didn’t become friends and he was not invited into my room again.
I love all things spooky, creepy and scary so today I thought I’d share with you ten of my favourite books to read this time of year!
Edgar Allan Poe is known for his creepy, psychological horror tales and is said to have been the earliest pioneer of the short story. If you’re a fan of his more familiar work such as ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Tell Tale Heart,’ then you’ll love the lesser known stories and poems in this book. It can be quite hard to read, with over 1000 pages and some stories that are harder to get into than others, but if your preserve you won’t regret it. It’s dark, morbid and perfect to get you in the Halloween mood.
If you haven’t read Harry Potter by now then you must! What are you waiting for?! While it may not be considered scary to some I couldn’t finish the second book when I was younger due to the basilisk, it terrified me! The whole series is truly captivating and JK Rowling is a fantastic writer. Witches, wizards and magical creatures definitely make this a story to read during October.
The first time I read this it was grey, stormy and I was home alone, probably not the best idea when reading it for the first time but I was seventeen and quite frankly stupid. This book scared the living daylights out of me and I loved it, I could not put it down! It’s very popular right now due to the film, which I haven’t actually seen yet, so I would highly recommend the book if you want to be truly spooked this Halloween.
Not necessarily a horror book but it is a dark tale filled with magic and mystery. It can be confusing to start and takes a while to get into but then it is just completely enthralling. it’s very imaginative, very well written and one of those books that I love to read curled up on a rainy day with a hot chocolate.
This book is a classic. Dracula is the most well known vampire and is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Gothic fiction. It’s very atmospheric and is able to scare you without Dracula himself even appearing that often. If you’re a self confessed vampire lover like me then you need to read this book, Dracula set the rules for all other vampires and this book will no doubt draw you in.
This book was haunting, heartbreaking and one that I could not put down until I finished it. It’s the story of an abducted girl and written in her point of view as she struggles to get through daily life living with her kidnapper. This was not easy to read, it was horrific and disturbing and I felt an unbelievable amount of hate toward the kidnapper. It’s really eye opening and will make you realise some hard truths about abuse and society. Definitely not for the faint-hearted but such an outstandingly written book that is completely underrated.
This is a play rather than an actual novel but it’s brilliant and one of my all time favourite plays! If you’re someone who gets upset or offended easily and doesn’t like a lot of swearing or talks of suicide then it’s not for you. It’s told through the views of patients with mental health disorders and a doctor trying to help them. This play is very dark and full of despair and was written weeks before the playwrights own suicide. It’s an intense, heavy read but so well written and very moving.
Another Gothic fiction classic. This book isn’t for everyone as it’s quite a challenging read with the old prose and Frankenstein’s monster is completely different to the dim, groaning giant that most people think of, in fact he’s pretty well spoken. My heart breaks for the monster and really the true monster of this story is Victor Frankenstein himself! This is a great read if you can push through the slow start and you’ll just want to give the monster a big hug.
This book is not a horror but it is romantic, sad, mysterious and poetic so I thought it deserved to be on this list. It’s a werewolf story but not with your typical cliches, the author has actually come up with a unique twist on the regular werewolf transformations. It’s beautifully written, completely immersive and will clutch at your emotions.
Ruined is a gripping young adult book set in New Orleans and focuses on a girl and her ghostly friend. The setting and tone of this book is creepy and chilling with interesting historical details that I loved. I have never been to New Orleans before but this book made me feel like I was there and I’ve wanted to go ever since reading it. While it’s not your typical, scary ghost story it is dark and has a few big twists at the end. I would definitely recommend it if you want something light and easy to read to get in the Halloween spirit.
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this post and it gave you some good reading material for this month. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what your favourite books are for Halloween, I’d love some of your recommendations. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to see more content from me, I’m posting everyday in October! You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date, I will be following everyone back as always.
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