Halloween is the day when all the ghouls come out to play. I know, I know, but for some of us who couldn’t say ‘boo’ to a ghost, it means dodging all the horror films that your friends want to watch during a movie marathon and miserably failing. If horror films scare you like they scare me, than you’ve probably had to sit for two hours staring at your lap and occasionally peeked at the screen to see if it was over.
I’m not a complete monster, I do give sweets to trick-o-treaters, but my preferred film on Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show and if I’m going to read, I lean towards the Gothic rather than the scary. Halloween is also puts me in a fantasy mood too, so I love delving into a magical story at the end of October.
So if you don’t revel in fright night, here are some books that will keep you entertained and your heart rate (mostly) steady.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Confession I haven’t actually read Wuthering Heights yet, but it is one of my autumn reads. I know it is largely a ghost story, but it’s also a Gothic romance, a tale of spurned lovers and love turned bitter. Which all sounds great to me!
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The heroine of Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, has an active imagination and is desperate to read tales of skeletons hiding in closets, corrupt monks and deadly secrets. She hopes to uncover a ghastly truth at Northanger Abbey but ends up making a bit of a fool of herself.
The Fearful by Keith Gray
The Fearful is an interesting take on what happens when a small rural town has a mysterious legacy. In 1699, six children disappeared at a lake and their teacher, the only survivor, claimed a dragon-like creature came out from the water and killed them. Since then there have been sightings of the creature and more lakeside disappearances, but in the modern day setting it’s hard to believe such a creature could exist undetected for so long. If you like Nessie conspiracy theories, then you’ll enjoy this book.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I haven’t read Six of Crows either, but I think the cover has a very Halloween appropriate cover. Crows are a bad omen after all, and like I said, Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in a good fantasy read.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
It’s not a book, I know, I’m cheating a little but let me have this one. It’s my Halloween tradition to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, eat the treats that inevitably get left by trick-o-treaters and sing along to the best musical there is. It has Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien and Susan Sarandon. What more could you want? If I’m feeling particularly nostalgic I post the video of Fall Out Boy’s A Little Less Sixteen Candles on my Facebook timeline (but we will never speak of that again).