Fall is finally in the air here, at least in my section of the East Coast. The maple leaves are looking good, but we’re still waiting on the oaks to change colors. With a little less than two weeks until Halloween, it’s the perfect time to check out a scary book! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova This is a fantastic novel. You might want to read Dracula first, since its based on it. Fair warning: this book will make you want to travel to central and eastern Europe. I still have the travel bug to go to Slovenia, and it’s been at least four years since I read it….
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Quite simply the best ghost story I have ever come across. If I had my way, it would be a core book for any basic American Lit class. I listened to this as an audiobook (on the CraftLit podcast) and was absolutely amazed by James’s masterful plot.
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux In junior high, my classmates and I were big fans of this book. Try to ditch any expectations you might have as a result of seeing plays or movies-the original is different and well worth reading. Interesting side note: the author, Gaston Leroux, is also credited with writing the first locked room mystery. It’s called The Mystery of the Yellow Room, and I’ve been meaning to read it for years.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. It’s a classic for a reason, and the handful movies I have seen don’t do it justice at all.
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen If you’re not in to horror stories, how about a book making fun of gothic novels? If you don’t want to lose any sleep over your Halloween reading, this is definitely a fun option.
- The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright This is a ghost story for older children or young adults. I read it in second grade and it thoroughly freaked me out. It’s a great book though, just probably better suited to readers over the age of 10.