The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it comes Halloween, the ultimate season of spook. Many book lovers enjoy re-visiting old favorites at certain times of year. Perhaps certain stories evoke specific memories or seasons of life that you like to re-visit, or maybe re-reading your favorite books every year is simply an enriching ritual that brings you a lot of joy.
Whether you’re looking to re-visit an old classic or to dive in to a spooky story for the first time, we hope one of these 4 authors to read this Halloween will suit your fancy.
Gorey’s characteristic pen and ink drawings have a classic gothic look and feel. Primarily set in Edwardian and Victorian surroundings, his narratives are always slightly skewed and unsettling. While his books are often found in humor and cartoon sections and are popular with children, Gorey himself classified his work as “literary nonsense.” However it is classified, we would contend that it is some delightful nonsense indeed.
Recently popularized by the Netflix adaption of her fifth novel, The Haunting of Hill House, and the 2018 film adaption of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson does psychological horror like no other. Cited as being an inspiration to the likes of Neil Gaiman, Sarah Waters, and Stephen King, Jackson’s gripping and sinister stories will fill you with gothic delight.
Speaking of Stephen King, no list of horror stories would be complete without including him. King really needs no introduction when it comes to describing his classic stories of terror. From Carrie to It, the works of Stephen King are sure to give you the frightening thrill you’re looking for.
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Edgar Allan Poe
Poe’s life was a bit of a tragedy in and of itself, so it’s perhaps no surprise that so many of his stories and poems contain an element of the horrific. While best known for The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven, Poe packs a horrifying wallop with tales like The Pit and The Pendulum that details an unnamed prisoner’s experiences being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition or The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar in which the soul of the protagonist gets trapped inside his dead and increasingly de-composing body. Macabre much?
Bonus: The Book of Extraordinary Deaths
If you want a Halloween thrill without the commitment of a novel or collection of short stories, The Book of Extraordinary Deaths can give you hours of grisly entertainment. With tales of untimely deaths wittily told and beautifully illustrated, you can trace the bizarre tragedies of the human race through time beginning from the seventh century BC. Accounts of shuffling off this mortal coil have never been so darkly humorous and cleverly unique.
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