So it’s the most wonderful time of the year.. If like me you really dig Halloween and like nothing better than tucking into sweets, treating (or tricking) callers at the door and snuggling down to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus.
This is my blogs first Halloween so I decided to review my top 5 horror/ghost/spooky stories and hopefully give you some ideas on what to read this Halloween.
This is a story which juxtaposes between the story of Jonathan Dark, a troubled detective who encounters Maria a blind woman who is being stalked. Despite an operation to cure her blindness, Maria still chooses to blindfold herself putting her in more danger than necessary. The second side to the story is that of a secret organisation known only as ‘The Ring’. Frank, a funeral director who can see ghosts is visited by his deceased friend who enlists him in avenging his murder.
In places the story was hard to follow but persevere as it does all come together in the end. Although there are no really likeable characters and it’s hard to know who to trust this only adds to the suspense and mystery surrounding the plot.
A Living Nightmare is the first novel in the Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan. Darren himself is the young protagonist in this story and after a visit to a mysterious freak show he finds himself drawn into a world of vampires, ghouls and other monsters. Essentially, a book aimed at teenagers but highly enjoyable as a read for adults as well. There are 12 books in this series.
The Canterville Ghost is more comedy than horror but definitely a ghost story worth reading. This little novel tells the tale of an American family who move into a house occupied by a tired ghost. The family refuse to believe in his existence causing him untold frustrations and manic attempts to get them to notice and fear him. It has Mr Wilde’s usual satirical humour and wit and is very enjoyable.
It’s hard to choose a favourite James Herbert but The Secret of Crickley Hall is the one which made me scared of things that go bump in the night. Swarthed in mystery it has everything you could possibly want from a true horror story: cute little family move into an old abandoned house, weird stuff starts happening, power cuts, old stories and folklore about what happened there. It is creepy and hell. If you want something to spoil you out this Halloween then this is the one for you!
Of course no true horror-book list would be complete without a story from the master of horror himself: Mr Stephen King. I haven’t read many of his books so I appreciate there are some which are much scarier than this. However Gerald’s Game is the reason I stopped reading Stephen King’s novels. It scared me so much I couldn’t sleep. Just writing about it now gives me chills and makes me want to sleep with the light on. The novel starts when Gerald and his wife go out to a secluded cabin to play some s&m type games. Unfortunately Gerald dies and it’s then that the true horror begins. Skin crawlingly, spine tinglingly frightening. Read it at your peril!
Have a spooktacular Halloween guys, however you choose to spend it!