If staying in doors with a good book is more your kind of treat this Halloween, we give you our suggestions for Halloween reading
Blood sucking Vampires
A classic from 1897 but still one of the very best. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the novel that gave us the World’s most famous vampire. For those unfamiliar with the tale the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. Cue an epic fight to the death (or undeath?) between Dracula and a certain Professor Abraham Van Helsing. It’s spawned a host of film, theatrical and television interpretations ever since and is the reason why plastic fangs are the Halloween accessory of choice.
Our first Book of the Month for 2019 was the brilliant The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s part ghost story/part love story to all things book which makes it perfect for colder nights and those of us who prefer a more gentile Halloween.
For ghost stories that are a little more scarier you need The Woman In Black by Susan Hill. Solicitor Arthur Kipps, is summoned to attend a funeral at Eel Marsh House. A house that stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery. When he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. A feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black and her terrible purpose!
Moving away from the classics, we turn to Matt Weslowski and his spin on true crime podcasts. In the ‘Six Stories Series’ journalist Scott King investigates various cold cases via a series of six podcasts. Each book has a supernatural element from creepy forests to forbidden online games that make them ideal Halloween reading. Six Stories is the first, Hydra is our favourite and the ending of Changeling will blow your mind!
Technically World War Z takes place after a zombie apocolypse but the extent to which Max Brooks goes to convince us the apocolypse has really happened is fascinating. Could zombies walk under water? What would happen to astronauts during the apolocypse? Would we need Russian baby farms to increase the devastated population? If zombies are your thing then this is the book you need.
If you grew up loving being scared to death by point horror novels than In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is the Halloween book for you. An out of the blue invitation to a remote cottage in the woods goes very, very wrong for Nora. Will she make it out alive?
If a scary movie is more your thing try Bird Box the book behind the smash hit Netflicks film. At Malorie’s house the curtains are always closed, mattresses are nailed to the windows and the children sleep underneath chicken wire. But why? Choc a bloc with ‘what was that noise?’ moments, it will leave you scared to look out of the window.
Final Word to the King
Stephen King really is the maestro when it comes to spooky reading. You could choose almost any of his back catalogue and still be hiding behind your sofa this Halloween. We recommend The Shinging, Cujo or, for a gripping read that still manages to be terrifying, Misery.
Trick or Treat
Those are our suggestions but what will you be reading this Halloween?