A Halloween Reading List for Wimps
I am not the biggest fan of horror and gore and things that go bump in the night. So when it comes time to find a good book to read for Halloween, I look for something spooky enough that I get into the "spirit" of the season but not so scary that I have to sleep with the lights on. I am currently reading Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (which I am loving) and I have The October Country lined up as my next read. But for my fellow wimps who are looking for some Halloween reading recommendations, here are some of my favorites.
No list of Halloween reading would be complete without Dracula. The king of all vampire novels, Bram Stoker's classic book is a must - read, especially since Victorian sensibilities keeps most of the blood and carnage to a manageable level.
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Another classic of the horror genre, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is terrifying not only for the poor, grotesque creature that haunts her Dr. Frankenstein but for its portrayal of the horrifying potential science has when taken too far.
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Robert Louis Stevenson
A strange and terrifying tale of the evil that lurks within us...
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Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is the master of the dark and macabre. From classic poems like The Raven to deliciously twisted stories like The Fall of the House of Usher, nothing says Halloween better than Poe. My personal favorite stories are The Tell Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado.
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If you are looking for some lighter Halloween reading, you may want to check out Jane Austen's spoof of the Gothic genre, Northanger Abbey.
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Daphne du Maurier
While not - technically - a ghost story, Rebecca is a deliciously spooky, modern version of a classic Gothic novel complete with an old mansion, a mysterious death, and a creepy housekeeper. See also: Jane Eyre
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It's hard to pick just one Neil Gaiman book to put on this list. I've seen similar lists that featured Coroline, Neverwhere, or even American Gods. But my personal favorite Gaiman novel for Halloween is The Graveyard Book, a spooky retelling of The Jungle Book. The story of Bod, the living boy being raised by the inhabitants of a graveyard is pure Neil Gaiman and wonderfully twisted and creepy in all the right ways.
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A hilariously dark comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace is a light and fun Halloween classic!
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Peter S. Beagle
An incredible ghost story by Peter Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn), Tamsin is a story of friendship, ghosts, and things that literally go bump in the night. I highly recommend reading Tamsin at any time of year but it is especially appropriate for Halloween.
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Peter S. Beagle
Looking for a little Halloween romance? Check out Peter Beagle's A Fine and Private Place, the story of a love affair between two ghosts.
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The Thirteenth Tale takes place at Christmas, not Halloween, but I couldn't resist adding this breath-taking book to the list. If you love books, Gothic houses, ghosts, and haunting stories, you won't want to miss The Thirteenth Tale.
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