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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Books that go bump in the night

Autumn is coming. The scent of bonfires hangs in the chill air after sunset. The skies are clear and blue and the trees are turning a fierce gold. The wind has turned cold and the dark is drawing in. Autumn is the season of trick or treat and heavy velvet; of billowing cloaks and ghost stories around the fire. It's almost Halloween...

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Now that the nights are getting chilly, what should a Gothling be reading in bed with their black sheets pulled up high and a hot water bottle against their stripy-socked toes? Here are my very best book recommendations for the Halloween season, and beyond - book recommendations as requested by Amy of Juliet's Lace.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
A classic ghost story - you may already have seen the film or theatre adaptations, but there's nothing like a real spine-tingling vintage ghost story to read by the fire whilst the wind howls outside... is there?

Hallowhaus by The Zombified
The perfect comic book treat to serve up for Halloween - as classic as a slice of pumpkin pie and as warm as hot chocolate. A light-heartedly spooky treat for darklings of all ages.

Never the Bride by Paul Magrs
A black comedy romp, set in Whitby and featuring cameos from all your favourite B-movie creatures. It certainly won't scare you but it will make you smile.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Dark, whimsical and occasionally downright disturbing short stories covering graverobbing, ghosts, wizards and monsters. Sometimes amusing and sometimes very strange.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman can do no wrong, and this masterpiece is business as usually for the writer extraordinaire. You'll enter a world of ghosts, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night, and you'll want to stay.

Tithe by Holly Black
What's Halloween without a scary fairy story? Myths whisper and legends walk in Holly Black's thoroughly modern faerie tale. Phenomenal.

13 Bullets by David Wellington
If you fancy a change of pace, how about classic vampires a la Nosferatu and 30 Days of Night (i.e the kind that eat you rather than seduce you) combined with a thriller's pacing and plot.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A creepy tale for readers of all ages, in Coraline the familiar becomes frightening and dreams turn into nightmares. Be careful what you wish for!

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakeley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson
The book of the recent film (which I haven't seen, by the way), pouring medieval superstition and sinister supernatural forces into a typical childhood tale.

Goth-Icky: A Macabre Menagerie of Morbid Monstrosities by Pop Ink
Hilariously enjoyable, a fully illustrated celebration of Goth culture and the creepy creatures so beloved by its followers. Wedge your tongue firmly into your cheek and enjoy.

What will you be reading this October?

Listening to: Girls That Glitter Love the Dark - Hannah Fury

2 comments:

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

I'm not sure you know how much I love you for this. I'm hosting a week long Halloween event on my book blog, and was somewhat stuck as to what to read. Thanks for the ideas!!
But I didn't really like Pretty Monsters...the others are either new to me or on my long wishlist. I'm definately reading The Woman in Black for this event. Thanks for helping me make up my mind!
And thanks for the follow on Twitter. Must become good twitter friends.
Enjoy life xxxx

Gothic Queen said...

I'll read "Queen Of The Damned" by Anne Rice and "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffman :)

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