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Popular Halloween Books

I am not someone who has ever really branched out to horror or spooky books, though the thought of them has always appealed to me. I thought today I would share some that are popular and see if any of you can inspire me to read any! I have read a couple on this list, but I am excited to explore some more options.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text

Young scientist Victor Frankenstein, grief-stricken over the death of his mother, sets out in a series of laboratory experiments testing the ability to create life from non-living matter. Soon, his experiments progress further until he creates a humanoid creature eight feet tall. But as Frankenstein soon discovers, a successful experiment does not always equal a positive outcome.

I read this one for university, but I feel like I never gave it a good chance. I briefly touched on this in the Reread Book Tag I did last week, and how I would like to reread this in the future. The idea of it does intrigue me and it is such a classic that I feel like it deserves another chance!

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

White is for Witching

In a vast, mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the hole punched into its heart. Lily is gone and her twins, Miranda and Eliot, and her husband, the gentle Luc, mourn her absence with unspoken intensity. All is not well with the house, either, which creaks and grumbles and malignly confuses visitors in its mazy rooms, forcing winter apples in the garden when the branches should be bare. Generations of women inhabit its walls. And Miranda, with her new appetite for chalk and her keen sense for spirits, is more attuned to them than she is to her brother and father. She is leaving them slowly –

Slipping away from them –

And when one dark night she vanishes entirely, the survivors are left to tell her story.

“Miri I conjure you “

This is a spine-tingling tale that has Gothic roots but an utterly modern sensibility. Told by a quartet of crystalline voices, it is electrifying in its expression of myth and memory, loss and magic, fear and love.

I have read a couple of Helen Oyeyemi’s books in the past and I loved them. She has such a beautiful writing style. I was surprised when I stumbled across this book while looking for Halloween reads. For some reason I didn’t know this exsisted. In my head she only had about three books out, but I have been proven wrong. I’m now really excited to pick up all of her other books, but especially this one. The synopsis for this one is truly captivating and I am a little bit gutted that there isn’t an audiobook for it because if there was I would have immediately started listening to it. I hopefully can pick this one up soon though!

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House

It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

This one I have also read. I did not like it. However, I think because I watched the show first and adored that so much, to then go to the book where it was completely different really made me dislike the book. The plot of the show and the book are not similar at all and had I not loved the show so much or had read the book first I might feel differently. I have heard so many good things about this one though, and it is still a really popular book despite many new readers being disappointed it wasn’t like the TV show.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, came to Tarry Town in the glen of Sleepy Hollow to ply his trade in educating young minds. He was a gullible and excitable fellow, often so terrified by locals’ stories of ghosts that he would hurry through the woods on his way home, singing to keep from hysterics. Until late one night, he finds that maybe they’re not just stories. What is that dark, menacing figure riding behind him on a horse? And what does it have in its hands? And why wasn’t schoolteacher Crane ever seen in Sleepy Hollow again?

I’ve included this one purely because I want to keep it on my own personal radar. I remember starting the TV show years ago and being mesmerised by it but then missing a few episodes and then it completely dropping off my radar. I feel like every now and then I remember it and say “I should really watch that again and finish it this time” and then not do it. Maybe, I will be more invested if I read the book first.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

This next one is a very new release! I’m not sure if this is just because it has ‘gothic’ in the title or that it is giving off mysterious vibes, but I associate this one with Halloween and imagine it being spooky. I don’t know much about this one other than the synopsis and the fact that it has a beautiful cover and it is all over instagram; so please let me know if I am accurate with my assumption!

Do you have any reccomendations that are not on this list? Have you read any that are on here?


5 thoughts on “Popular Halloween Books

  1. Like you- don’t really did spooky or horror books.

    Frankenstein- this was a high school required read. Summer reading before 12th grade- I may not have given it a chance either. It was easier to do that mistake in high school than in college

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