I think I’m not alone when it comes to themed readings and this month, it’s Halloween! I have been thinking of what I’d like to read and what I’d suggest if anyone asked me, so, I combined it with my passion for lists and decided it was time to write this post.
Books I’d love to read for Halloween:
1. Dolly by Susan Hill
I loved The Woman in Black and I’m dying to read her new book! I read it in two sittings and it scared the dead out of me. The atmosphere is eerie ala Rebecca. We spend the book asking ourselves: What are we really scared of?
2. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
I’ve been planning to read something by Winterson for some time now, but have not really been attracted to any of her books. The Daylight Gate takes place in the Jacobean era and involves witches and Catholicism. Could it get any scarier?
3. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
I saw Alexis Castle from TV show Castle reading it for a Halloween project and since then I’ve wanted to read it but never really did it. I think Halloween 2012 is the perfect time to do it, isn’t it? You can also read it for free here.
Books I’d recommend:
1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
For those who want a quick, passionate and catchy reading. It is dark, eerie and full of the Victorian/Gothic enviornment that we nowadays like so much.
2. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
There is something supernatural about this short story: the main characters seem doomed from the very first page and it is so beautifully written, it makes the perfect reading for a rainy, dark evening. Read it, here.
3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Another short story, especially representative of Poe’s style and attention to the minimal detail both in descriptive and formal terms. A second reading can help to reveal a second meaning to the story. Read it, here.
Have you planned any Halloween readings this year?