Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top 10 Halloween Reads

Top 10 Halloween Reads.

Answer: We’ve often been called lightweights when it comes to scary reads, and honestly it doesn’t take much to freak us out.  For that reason, our list of worthy Halloween reads might be considered a bit wanting.... thank goodness for Stephen King!

  1. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson) – An Intelligent haunted house story with a surprise ending.  Literature’s worthy alternative to a visiting an actual haunted house.
  2. Bag of Bones (Stephen King) – You don’t need to wait until Halloween to read this one.  King’s best ghost story and quite possibly his best novel.
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) – This one might not scare you, but it will get you in the mood for all the glorious Halloween candy.
  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury) – Spooky carnival bad guys that pack plenty of fear. 
  5. Dracula (Bram Stoker) – The authority on Vampire lore and a main character who could kick Edward’s butt!
  6. The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield) – A brilliantly written ghost story.  We only wish Mrs. Setterfield would write another one... and another one... and another one...
  7. The Langoliers (Stephen King) – While this is a lesser known King novel, this one F-R-E-A-K-E-D us out as teens.
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling) – Halloween parties made frequent appearances throughout this series, but book 2 included an epic Deathday Party.
  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen) – Darcy and Elizabeth under constant threat and Zombies ravishing Pemberley... quite possibly the perfect Halloween book.
  10. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) – Our favorite Gothic novel of all time and while it probably won’t scare your socks off, we really couldn’t think of anything else for number 10.

Have a great Halloween and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Nice choices! Ah, the Harry Potter Hallowe'en parties. I loved how they filmed it in the first movie.

  2. scaaaary books but I love Harry Potter :D
    Awesome picks!
    Here's my Top Ten Books to Read on Halloween

  3. I loved The Langoliers - actually I could probably have picked 10 books from Stephen King alone!

  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the candy! I would have never thought of it for a Halloween read but it fits so well.

  5. I've heard that Shirley Jackson was a master horror writer, and I have Haunting of Hill House on my TBR list for the Gothic Reading Challenge. I need to get to it.

    Ah, The Langoliers. The movie was horrible. :p

    I love me some Jane Eyre. Did you see the most recent film adaptation with Mia Wasikowska? It really got into the Gothic of it all.

  6. I hadn't thought of Thirteenth Tale as being spooky until you reminded me here. It really was! Now I want to read Bag of Bones, but I know I daren't as I get too scared!

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