It’s that time of year again; the time when wearing orange is suddenly acceptable, when pumpkin becomes a staple in anything comestible or not, and when dressing up as a creepy serial-killer is not necessarily frowned upon. Having grown up in France, Halloween was never a big deal but my years in Canada really showed me what this “holiday” was all about!
Today, I wanted to share with you some of the books that put me in a “spooky” mood. Quick disclaimer though, I’m very easily scared so these titles aren’t what’s usually considered scary. I guess they’re more eerie than scary. In case they don’t even make you raise an eyebrow, I hope this post still gives you some new books to add to your TBR pile.
- The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I read this book in my last semester of undergrad and found it to be a thrilling read with both mystery and an ounce of peculiar that made for a spookish atmosphere. It is referred to as a “sensation novel” and really deserves the label.
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I have already talked about this novel and how it gave me the creeps but I thought I would include it here as well. A great and unsettling story with amazing settings, you definitely need to read it!
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
My all-time favourite Shakespeare play, Macbeth is an obvious choice for this post. A blend of witches and crazy royals, this play has all the ingredients for a good Halloween read.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This Halloween, I’m rereading The Picture of Dorian Gray for a free online course I’m taking on Oscar Wilde (I guess I’m already missing school). This philosophical novel is incredibly well written and, in my opinion, quite eerie.
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Ok, I admit, this one isn’t scary at all. However, I thought the premise was disturbing and before the end revelations, I was seriously worried about what was coming.
Anyway, if all else fails, you can always read a Goosebumps book. We had those in France as well and they use to do the trick when I was a child.
Have a fun and safe Halloween, wherever you are!