I may be still trucking through a dense collection of Sherlock Holmes stories (namely, because I insist on reading The Hound of the Baskervilles for a fourth time), but that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in some other spooky and thrilling tales during the month of October. Scary, mysterious, or just plain weird, this month seems perfect for tackling those books that will make me want to buy a nightlight.
Actually, why don’t I do that first…
Dracula – The number of times I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula has got to be in the double digits at this point. As a Literature major with a focus in Victorian novels, there seemed to be only a handful of classes that didn’t require us to read this in my college career. The story is broken up into the viewpoints of various characters, largely through letters and journal entries, which adds to the suspense of piecing the different situations and clues together as the characters are doing so as well. There was even a Dracula LiveJournal community (aha! Found it!) years ago that posted each letter or entry on the actual date, so that you could essentially follow along in real-time.
Also, hooray for free ebooks! That’s not scary at all.
Night Film– This is one of those books that has started popping up everywhere lately. I’m pretty sure I might wake up to its cover one morning. Interested in what all the fuss was about, I looked up Marisha Pessl’s book Night Film on Goodreads, which has had quite an overwhelming reception. A puzzling suicide, cursed family dynasty, and a mysterious cult-horror-film director? Here’s to hoping the positive reviews aren’t just singing empty praises!
The Haunting of Hill House – When I was a girl, I was inexplicably obsessed with the movie The Haunting (I couldn’t tell you why; looking back, it’s pretty bad xD). It wasn’t until years later that I realized the film was based off of this Shirley Jackson book. Having forgotten about it for quite some time, I’d be curious to read the story in its original form…it sounds positively eerie.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Does a horror story even exist that doesn’t include creepy children? Even if it ends up being more peculiar than terrifying, who can resist a good abandoned orphanage on a mysterious island?