“Books are a uniquely portable magic”
As mentioned before, I love a good scare… especially when it comes to books! In university, I enrolled in an elective Gothic Literature course & fell even more in love with this specific genre. I personally find these books both incredibly intriguing & enchanting. Here are a few of my tops picks to try out during the Halloween season!
My Top Picks: Spooky Stories & Terrifying Tales
1. Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
Based on the true events of a series of murders that occurred during The World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The killer would lure foreign travelers visiting the fair to his home where he would commit unspeakable acts.
2. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
This is a true, horror-filled & modern vampire novel… no glistening, shirtless vampires here! I read this during October last year & totally enjoyed it! Salem’s Lot is a small, secluded town that slowly becomes infested with vampires when a mysterious European businessman decides to take up residence.
3. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A truly amazing short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I remember reading this in bed during University & just getting completely spooked… very eerie! The short story, written as a series of journals, depicts a women’s slow descent into psychosis as a result of isolation and under-stimulation.
4. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
Arguably one of the best ghost stories of all time! Supernatural investigator Dr. Montague invites several people as guests to Hill House to help provide evidence of phantoms or specters that haunt the house.
5. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Author of Gone Girl, Flynn explores the dark & twisted world of Satanic cults in this novel. Seven year old Libby survived the brutal murders of her family & testified that her older brother Ben was the killer. Flash-forward twenty-five years, Libby embarks on a series of leads that may point to another murderer.
What are some of YOUR favourite scary novels?!