Updated: Dec 21, 2022
As I write this, Halloween is tomorrow. So, some may say that it's too late to get into the Halloween mode. They are incorrect, the Halloween mood is suitable all year round. If you're like me and not ready to give up the pumpkin spiced everything, the falling leaves, and the scary creatures of the month, here are some books that ensure every day is like Halloween. And there is nothing wrong with getting inspiration for the years ahead...or if you're in need of a last-minute costume idea.
'Children of the Tithe' by Tracey M. Carvill.
SmashBear has been publishing more horror and I for one am here for it! Carvill captures the perfect balance of horror, suspense, and story building in her new novel. It is a retelling of Peter Pan, adding a much scarier twist to the original. If you were a fan of the style of Holly Jackson's 'A Good Girl's Guide to Murder' with the interviews but itching for a darker fantasy, this is PERFECT for you. If you're also a fan of the Gothic, not only do you have my heart, but this incorporates Irish supernatural creates and Gothic. The Gothic isn't just for Halloween, and neither is this book.
Order from here and enjoy it any time of the year: Children of the Tithe eBook : Carvill, Tracey M : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
'Dracula', by Bram Stoker
Continuing from the Irish and Gothic theme, Bram Stoker has to be mentioned. It is impossible to write Halloween/Horror recommendations within featuring the iconic Dracula. First published in 1897, Count Dracula and his demise has survived through the centuries, leaving an imprint of modern culture. Whilst it doesn't make for the easiest read, it does make for a chilling read that I believe everyone should experience at least once in their life. And fake blood around the blood makes for a great last-minute costume!
Order a cheap and (questionably) cheerful copy from here: Dracula (Wordsworth Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Stoker, Bram, Rogers, Dr David, Carabine, Dr Keith: 9781853260865: Books
'The Abyss from Within'
So, you have now bought a classic and a contemporary. But what if you want more? Great news: The Abyss from Within is an anthology, a collection of 13 horror stories for your enjoyment. My recommendation is to read this in a fully light room, in the middle of the day, and on an empty stomach. With gruesome descriptions and eerie characters, this anthology isn't for the light-hearted. Need more persuasion? This is a charity anthology, so all profits are donated to Women's Aid! Get your horror fix whilst also helping support a good cause. Hope you enjoyed peaceful nights, as this anthology will be sure to keep you up.
Grab your copy here: The Abyss Within: 13 Chilling Tales To Keep You Up At Night eBook : Publishing , SmashBear , Stuart, Verity , Panay, Isabelle, Milazzo, Giulia , Wright , Natasha : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
'House of Salt and Sorrows' by Erin A. Craig
A 12 Dancing Princesses retelling, this novel explores the reason as to why the princesses keep dying and answers the question of whether they were cursed by the Gods. Spoiler: it's way scarier than that. With the perfect Gothic setting, this book will be sure to transport you, Halloween or not. Whether it is the plot twists or the need to put 'that b***h in the freezer' (an actual GoodReads review), this book will be sure to entrap you, making you late for that Halloween party! Say goodbye to any childhood images of Barbie or Disney as the 12 Dancing princesses, and hello to a much more sinister version.
And to read the GoodReads review in its entirety, just click here: megs_bookrack (Nantucket, MA)’s review of House of Salt and Sorrows (goodreads.com)
'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley
Repeat after me: Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. Fun fact: the monster is actually nameless, but he often calls himself Adam and Lucifer. But not only is Mary Shelley the QUEEN of Horror novels, she helped define the genre of Sci-fi. With Gothic and Religious elements, this 19th century book is sure to help make every season the spooky season. So, grab a copy and enjoy showing off your knowledge of what actually happened to the Monster's Bride whenever you see someone in that costume. I know I will...
Halloween is a great time to be expressive and creative with costumes and decorations. It is also a great time to indulge in new genres, finding year-long favorites. With something for everyone included in this list, everyone is going to be happy this spooky season, along with all having to deal with long nightmares filled with nightmares. Will your nightmares become the next Frankenstein like Mary Shelley? Or will leave you sleep deprived and itching for your next scare? Let us know in the comments along with your favorite Halloween/Gothic books!