It’s that time of year again where the Witches come out from their huts, Vampires walk among us and people dress up as scary arse clowns. It can only be, Halloween! Undoubtedly my favourite of the smaller holidays, it not only symbolises magic and weirdness, but also the start of darker evenings and cosiness.
To celebrate the spookiest holiday, I wanted to throw some Halloween recommendations at you guys to get your fangs stuck into!
My current read for this Halloween is Stephen King’s IT, a gripping horror about Pennywise the dancing clown… he really does dance, it’s not just a meme. I’m listening to this as an audiobook, and am reading the physical book alongside it and I am loving it. The narration is superb, thoroughly enjoying it and I have been gripped every step of the way so far. This one can be daunting because of its 1100+ size, but don’t let that stop you, the story is excellent.
I have another Stephen King on my list too, the Bazaar of Bad Dreams – a compilation of short horror stories with some really interesting additions. I bought it to read last Halloween and never got round to it, and I doubt I will this year either, but it’s in the corner of my eye making me feel guilty.
If I’m flooding you with horror and that’s not your style, then Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fab choice for a weird Halloween book to dive into. This is about children with peculiarities, as you can see from the cover, one of the girls is floating. I’m putting this in a Halloween recommendations post because it is creepy in places and generally gives off a very halloweenly feel!
If you’re still looking for more books this October, then The Dead House is also on my list, it’s one that I’ve been intending to read for a while. The blurb is very open ended and is the reason I picked up the book in the first place. ‘Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin…’ Are you gripped?!
Finally I have a collection of E. Nesbit short stories, this book is ideal for Halloween if you don’t want to commit to reading a whole horror book. Similarly to Bazaar of Bad Dreams, this book comprises of lots of short tales perfect for giving you goosebumps on a long Autumn night. I like to have this one by my bedside to pick up when I feel like diving into a horror adventure.
So that’s it for my spooky reads, I’m looking forward to jumping back into IT now, who knew I’d enjoy a horror so much! Although I’m pretty sure this could spur a hatred of clowns for me… Happy Halloween readers!