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This week’s topic is Halloween Recommendations. Upon deciding to do this, it became very clear that while I have a strange love/hate relationship with horror, I don’t read much horror. Don’t get me wrong, horror intrigues me, but I don’t like to delve into it that frequently. Thankfully, reading horror doesn’t really scare me. Heck horror novels don’t do much for me at all. That said, I have found a few that I thought were rather effective even if the didn’t leave me having nightmares like some horror movies do.
In no particular order, here are my top 5 Halloween book.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
It’s great to add in some of the classics. There is nothing like Dracula to fill you with unease and distrust. The epistolary format keeps things interesting and a little bit panicky. The horror in this is as much what you see happens as what is implied to have happened. The mystery of the unknown juxtaposed with the truly horrorific moment keep you on the edge of your seat.
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
It isn’t my favorite book out there, but it wasn’t because the horror elements weren’t great. In fact, the horror elements were creepy and eerie. There was plenty of ghost action that would make your skin crawl. Haunted murder houses aren’t anything particularly new, but when you get to know this ghost things get complicated. Also there are some really great friendships in this one and it’s sequel.
Horns by Joe Hill
This was one of those books that just rattled me to my core. Everything about it unsettled me. Getting into the mind of characters who were dangerous was enough to make me feel nausous. The strange situation the main character was in added to the creepinss of the novel. If you are looking for something with some supernatural elements, but still illuminates human nature as the true horror, this is for you.
Day by Day Armeggedon
Zombie horror told in an epistolary format, plus there is a dog. I read this a while back and really loved it. I cared a lot about the charafters and it was great how crafty the characters were. I really appreciated that this story was more about the characters surviving than the zombies. Sure, there were plenty of them, but I enjoyed this story. If you want a story about never giving up the will to survive and what it means to be alone, check this out.
Attack on Titan
I don’t have much to say about Attack on Titan. It’s a story about massive humanoid creatures that eat people. It is pretty horrific and I fear for characters as if they were in a Gorge R.R. Martin novel. Turly no one is safe and there is something unsettling when you look at the titans as they grin back. If you want your dreams to be haunted by giant titans eating people, check this out.
What are some of your Halloween reads recommendations?