I’m finding it hard to hang up my Halloween hat and move on this year. It’s been such an awesome month. November will be just as cool – it’s birthday month! – but I don’t want to turn my back on spooky things just yet.
In defiance, I’ve got together a chilling reading list and I thought I’d share with you the books I’ll be devouring under the covers on cold nights to come. Books that will probably have me running to and from the bathroom in the middle of the night as if a ghost is chasing me – or more likely, a fast-moving child zombie.
Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of 80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
I’m currently reading this eighties flavoured horror/thriller and I’m really enjoying myself. It reeks of nostalgia which doesn’t hurt one bit and it reminds me of the super intense friendships I had growing up. I can only imagine how I would have dealt with my best friend Ann-Marie becoming possessed.
In this story, Abby and Gretchen are as tight as any two girls can be. When a night of experimentation goes awry, Gretchen starts acting very strangely – and only her loyal BFF can save her. How will this demonic tale pan out? Well, who knows but I’m looking forward to finding out.
Perfect for the post-Halloween lull.
Is this teenage girl a demonised victim or cold-blooded killer…? We Need to Talk About Kevin meets The Secret History in this gripping novel about secrets and murder, soon to be a Netflix TV series.
This Scandi-crime novel really took my fancy and is next on the list. Quicksand focuses on eighteen-year-old Maja, a popular school girl awaiting trial for her part in the tragedy that also claimed her boyfriend and best friend. Is she as involved in this terrible mass murder as she seems?
While this isn’t really as spooky or supernatural as the other books on this list, I still count it as perfect Autumn fodder. Crime always counts, baby.
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
I have a bit of a confession to make and that is that I haven’t read nearly enough Agatha Christie. If at all. I feel like I’ve read And Then There Were None but there have been so many BBC adaptations that maybe I’ve only watched those. This is something I really want to remedy though because Agatha is the Grand Dame of Mystery and what’s not to love about that?
And how good does the synopsis for Hallowe’en Party sound (and how good is this cover)? Too good. So I’ll soon be joining Hercule Poirot in solving the riddle of what happened to Joyce.
Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, League of Gentlemen) selects and introduces chilling tales by the unsung master of the classic ghost story – E.F. Benson.
MG presents nine chilling ghost stories that are bound to display a sense of humour, making it the perfect bedside companion. I’m not familiar with E.F. Benson but a quick google suggests he is one of the most prolific British ghost story writers and is often compared to M.R. James, which can only be a good thing.
I’ll be cracking the spine of this ASAP.
So that’s my End of Autumn reading list and I’m already shivering with anticipation.