Books You Should Read This Halloween
A Nerd's Halloween
If you are like me then creepy books and stories are the first priority for you in Halloween(yep, even before those candies). Those semi-dark rooms and the universal feeling of terror has been the smell for me for every Halloween. I know very well that there are people out there who are like me and this article is for them and also others! This article is for everybody who will like to be terrified by so dark sweet horror and terror stories! Here I will list all those stories which had been my nightmare materials since my childhood. I will not make it long because in one night how much you can read! Please note that this list is not some top ten of twenty lists of something, meaning I am not telling the book 1 is better than story 2 or 3, they all are equally terrifying. So this is not a competitive list.
So without further ado let's bite!
In this section, I will list short stories and novellas and the next section will be for Novels. For short stories, I will not tell anything about the story because it will ruin the whole story.
The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allan Poe
No one can creep our mind that way, Poe does. He lures out the darkness in our mind. This story was first published in 1843. Since then it has been telling its stories! Yes, there is a heart involved in this story but not in the way you might be thinking of! This story is a must read!
The Body Snatcher
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Famous for his another masterpiece Robert Louis Stevenson is another master of horror. This story was first published in the Pall Mall Christmas "Extra" in December 1884, its characters were based on criminals in the employ of real-life surgeon Robert Knox around the time of the notorious Burke and Hare murders. His depiction of the gloomy Victorian era is so perfect! Give it a snatch!
The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
Here is another one by Poe! Poe is the definition of the classic horror stories for me. And this story is very very terrifying. It was first published on August 19, 1843, edition of The Saturday Evening Post. The story has a black cat in it as the title suggests. Definitely, a nightmare material. So give it a meow!
Children Of The Corn
by Stephen King
We all know Stephen King! This is one of his bests. Featuring Nebraska's cornfield and some spooky children! There has been a movie adaptation of it but please go for the book. It is hauntedly told and the narration is so good, it will definitely scare you!
The Monkey's Paw
by W. W. Jacobs
Be careful what you wish for! That is the basic theme of this classic by Jacobs. It was first published in England in the collection The Lady of the Barge in 1902. I will not tell anything more about it. Find out by yourself. But there is definitely a monkey's paw in it!
The Call of Cthulhu
by H. P. Lovecraft
The cover photo sort of gives a spoiler. But don't worry its a minor one. The bigger is coming when you read it! Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, in February 1928. Got some old adventure flavor.
The Novels and Novellas
Now I will give you a list of some novels those I absolutely love and till this day gives me creeps! These are novels so if you want to finish them start a.s.p!!!
by Bram Stoker
Yeah, yeah...alright, I can hear the sound of bored people already! So many vampires nowadays! And I know this is a cliche. But old is gold! And it won't hurt if you give it a nice re-read. Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. The narrative starts from someone who had been a guest in the castle of Count Dracula. The novel is also unique in its narrative! It basically describes people's journal entries and the whole novel is described in that was. Very unique and very creepy too. Till this day it is my one of the favorite classics.
by Neil Gaiman
Button eyes and witch! This is a children's novella yet I do not think that do a justice for the book! It is very creepy for all. Neil Gaiman is the modern master of dark storytelling. This story is really dark and revolves around a character called Coraline (no not Caroline!). Accidentally she discovers a world well more of a shadow world which is identical to her world but much much dark. There she found her mother and father but unfortunately, they have button eyes! There is also a graphic novel of this book that is also very very good!
Here is the graphic novel I was talking about. This is really good! This gives you a very good visual feeling. The design is very good for this graphic novel. Definitely worth picking up!
Let the Right One In
by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I could not find any good photos for this book. This photo is from the movie. But it is a very good contemporary novel to be specific a vampire novel. It is good in the sense that it represents the loneliness very well. It is romantic yes but nice and has its distinct taste. Give it a try. The movie is also good!
by Stephen King
I know, I know! You all have already watched the movie! But trust me to give the book a try. It is much much better! It is a 1986 horror novel by Stephen King. The narration of this book makes it much more different than the movie. It will give you chill for sure. So if you have already watched the movie give it the novel a try anyway. But if you have not watched it, good! This will be a terror ride for you!
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
We are at the end of the list with a classic. Set in the Victorian era this is a masterpiece by Robert Louis Stevenson. Multiple personality disorder and our darkest desires! This is the core philosophy of this book. You might have already read it but give it a try again. Because nothing beats the Victorian era background settings for a horror story!
Well, there you go! My list of to-read list for his Halloween. Give them a try if you feel like it. They are definitely very very good. Happy Halloween!!!
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