19th century,  General Fiction,  Random

Suggested Halloween Readings

I think I’m not alone when it comes to themed readings and this month, it’s Halloween! I have been thinking of what I’d like to read and what I’d suggest if anyone asked me, so, I combined it with my passion for lists and decided it was time to write this post.

Books I’d love to read for Halloween:

1. Dolly by Susan Hill

I loved The Woman in Black and I’m dying to read her new book! I read it in two sittings and it scared the dead out of me. The atmosphere is eerie ala Rebecca. We spend the book asking ourselves: What are we really scared of?

2. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

I’ve been planning to read something by Winterson for some time now, but have not really been attracted to any of her books. The Daylight Gate takes place in the Jacobean era and  involves witches and Catholicism. Could it get any scarier?

3. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

I saw Alexis Castle from TV show Castle reading it for a Halloween project and since then I’ve wanted to read it but never really did it. I think Halloween 2012 is the perfect time to do it, isn’t it? You can also read it for free here.

Books I’d recommend:

1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

For those who want a quick, passionate and catchy reading. It is dark, eerie and full of the Victorian/Gothic enviornment that we nowadays like so much.

2. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is something supernatural about this short story: the main characters seem doomed from the very first page and it is so beautifully written, it makes the perfect reading for a rainy, dark evening. Read it, here.

3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Another short story, especially representative of Poe’s style and attention to the minimal detail both in descriptive and formal terms. A second reading can help to reveal a second meaning to the story. Read it, here.

Have you planned any Halloween readings this year?



  • Leah

    These all sound really good! Wuthering Heights is suiting my desire for a stormy, passionate October read, but some spooky, gothic short stories later on this month would be perfect. Someone should host a Poe appreciation event next month and call it Poevember. Hmmm…

  • Rikki

    I am not a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. I read stuff by him and it was just too creepy. My favourite Halloween read is The Monkey’s Paw ( I re-read it for last year’s R.I.P.). A great, scay and short read with a good message.

  • Li @

    Great list! I’ve been thinking of doing something like this before Hallowe’en but I’ll have to wait on it since I just received a book in the post for review that I think will be a nice inclusion to the list.

    I have yet to read Nathaniel Hawthrone’s works (though it’s sitting in my eReader) but I second Hill’s The Woman in Black: short but eerie =) Dolly sounds interesting, I’m going to have to check it out 😉

  • Ellie

    I have The Haunting of Hill House from my personal stash and The Haunted Book by Jeremy Dyson for review. Might squeeze another one in if I have time. Heard lots of good things about Susan Hill.

  • amanda

    One of these years I’m actually going to read some Poe in October–I have a collection, so I have no excuse, really. I hadn’t heard of the Hawthorne story; I’ll have to look into that one too.

    • Elena

      October is great for horror stories but you can also read them in November or even December. I love, love Christmas but two years ago decided to read Wuthering Heights and the contrast between the joy of the holidays and the darkness book was incredible. I hihgly recommend it.

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