‘Tis the season for scary and mystery novels! I personally won’t really be reading anything that isn’t for my University course, but if you have the spare time, then I would definitely read these books. They are great for getting in the Halloween mood.
Best Ghost Stories – Charles Dickens
This book is full of ghost stories written by Charles Dickens. This includes ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Chimes’. So there are some Christmas stories inside, but you could always leave those until November or December.
Stephen King novels
Pretty much any Stephen King novel is suitable for this time of year! He’s such an amazing and talented writer. He writes things that are so thought provoking. ‘IT’ would be a great read this year with the remake not long being released in cinema (which is amazing btw!). I would also suggest ‘Carrie’ and ‘Misery’ though, because they’re so well-written and are far better than the movies – and I love the movies! It’s so cute the way he waffles sometimes, too.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
This classic is a must-read! Shelley is such a talented writer, especially for her time, and I’m not surprised that this novel is so iconic and well-known. At some points, it can drag on, but it’s actually quite necessary.
Dark Shadows Visual Companion – Tim Burton
While this isn’t really a novel as such, but it’s a great quick read. And, it’s also a great excuse to look at pictures, and read about, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter!
The Gingerbread House – Carin Gerhardsen
I read this book a while ago, not knowing anything about it, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a fantastic, thought-provoking horror/mystery, great for Halloween. I wish it was more well-known, because it deserves so much more recognition!
White Death – Daniel Blake
I also read this book a while ago, knowing nothing about it, and was pleasantly surprised. It’s about a serial killer, playing by the rules of a chess game.
Dracula – Bram Stroker
Another iconic scary character/novel! I have yet to read this book, but I know that it’s definitely another great read for this time of year.
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
As one of the best known plays of Shakespeare, this one in particular would be fabulous to read at this time of year. It has witches, magic, spells, a thought-provoking narrative, blood, death, tragedy! Everything! Yes, it can be hard to understand his plays, and to read plays in general, but after a few pages, it’s easy pops and so worth it. Plus, it’s Shakespeare, he’s awesome!
Welsh Celebrity Ghost Stories – South Wales Paranormal Research
This would be a great read because it’s all associated with Wales (yes, I’m biased because I’m Welsh!) and they’re all true stories. True stories are always quite creepier, so if you’re looking to be spooked this Halloween, this is the way to go.
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
I heard about this book because my English teacher was telling my class about how scary it was. So, naturally I went out and bought it. I still haven’t read it, but I’m definitely planning to! It’s about murders and a creepy kid. Perfect for Halloween!
The Visitors – Simon Sylvester
This mystery/fantasy, coming-of-age novel would be great for Halloween. ‘The island always seemed such a safe place. But now it appears that a killer may be living on Bancree.’ Spooky!
Jack the Ripper
An account on one of the most well-known serial killers would be very interesting to read about. It doesn’t have to be about Jack the Ripper, you could read about any serial killer, if that’s what you’re in to. I definitely find it ‘interesting’, I guess, so I will try to fit a book about Jack the Ripper into my reading schedule this Halloween.
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
I recommended this in my ‘Halloween Must-Watch Movies’ (you can find that here: Halloween Must-Watch Movies (Part 1) 😉 ). It’s pretty deep and thought-provoking, plus it’s suitable for all ages.
What are your Halloween/Fall reading recommendations? Do you agree with mine? Let me know!