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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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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Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mary Shelley
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.
2 / 11
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A strange and terrifying tale of the evil that lurks within us...
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The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others by 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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Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Jane Austen
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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by 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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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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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Arsenic and Old Lace: A Play in Three Acts by Joseph Kesselring
A hilariously dark comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace is a light and fun Halloween classic!
8 / 11
Tamsin by 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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A Fine and Private Place by 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: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
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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