October is cold, costumes are fun but time-consuming… So, if you feel like a Halloween night in wrap yourself up in a blanket, dim the lights and pour yourself a hot cup of your choosing. It’s time to get spooked with a book!
1. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
If you’re one for a classic ghost story look no further than Jackson’s Hill House. There’s nothing more a horror lover could ask for with this one! Described as a “chilling and highly accomplished piece of writing”, Jackson delivers everything a thrill seeker needs. You have your old creaky house, with its horrifying history and a slew of ghostbusters determined to crack its secrets! Top it off with an emotionally fragile protagonist, complex relationships and a suspiciously odd caretaker and you’ll be on high alert, listening out for your home’s own bumps in the night! Even a movie lover can be spooked by this one, with 2 film adaptations no one is left out!
2. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
An oldie but a goodie, Jame’s novel is brimmed with horror cliches, “what initially seems a pastoral idyll soon turns harrowing, as (a governess) becomes convinced that the children (she is watching) are consorting with a pair of malevolent spirits“. This is a book full of suspense and relying a lot on a reader’s own sordid imagination, it wets every horror fiends appetite with apparitions of an unknown couple, creepy kids with apparent sixth senses and quite a bit of death! This novel will not disappoint in alarming so if you want to get spooked, look no further than The Turn of the Screw!
3. Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk)
This is one for the creeps out there! The ones who love the strangest and most warped of tales! Haunted is structured into a piece made up of 23 skin-crawling stories! And typical of Palahniuk’s work, the dominant themes explored in this novel are sexual deviance and identity, desperation, social distastefulness, disease, murder and death. This book will keep anyone from sleeping! More disturbing than scary, it still holds the potential for even the bravest of seasoned horror lovers to get spooked when reading it! A complex plot with many twists… maybe this one isn’t best for a cosy night in after all…