Hi everyone! October is the best month, in my opinion, to read more thriller/horror books. Up until very recently I have preferred horror films to horror novels, purely because I was reading the wrong ones. Not all books on this list will be super scary, some just suite a theme of ‘Halloween’ and others are definitely aimed towards younger readers (because they were my favourite Halloween books growing up). Horror is a genre that I can myself diving head first into next year so if you have any recommendations for me please leave them below!
- The Cosmo cat series by Gwyneth Rees. Completely not scary but filled with witches and the protagonist is an adorable black cat (great way to start off a SPOOKY book list there). There are three books in total: Cosmo and the Magic Sneeze, Cosmo and the Great Witch Escape and Cosmo and the Secret Wish. This is great series for beginner readers and for anyone just looking for a quick, primary age, read to calm you down after something with a bit more horror involved.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman. A children’s book that I was too scared to read for years. I had watched the film version and had been shaken to my core. Having read the book a couple of years ago it is now one that I go back to each year. It is definitely a very creepy book but it is so enjoyable. This is a great book choice if you want a quick read to get into the Halloween mood. And once you’ve finished reading you could go and watch the film!
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. No witches, pumpkins or button eyes here I’m afraid. Just ten people on an island being killed one by one. Murder mysteries are great reads around Halloween I think and no one does a murder mystery like Agatha Christie. There are also a few TV adaptations of the book so you can watch before or after you’ve read this masterpiece.
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. There is a reason that this book appears on most lists like this one. It is brilliantly scary. It is an incredible read, one that I had to take my time with as a I had to stop every so often to process what was happening. There are various versions of this book. The Netflix series as well as the 1999 film The Haunting (which is definitely the least scary version of all three).
- Misery by Stephen King. I have to admit that I have not read many King novels but Misery does stand out to me as one of the best written. It is Annie, the nurse turned captor, who honestly freaks me out completely. By having a human antagonist King creates a gruesome narrative. I read Misery after watching the film which I really recommend because Kathy Bates is extraordinary.
So there you have it. Five recommendations to get you into the spooky, Halloween, mood. From light-hearted children’s fiction all the way to nightmare fuel. This year I am planning on reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins to start off my Halloween reads. I’m planning on starting to watch my favourite horror films next week as a count down to Halloween so if you have any films to recommend or just to say that you let me know!