Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have given us a Halloween-themed freebie.
I chose this opportunity to list the books I am reading this month for Halloween in the mystery, thriller, or horror genre. I will also include other books that I have on my TBR list that will serve as a reminder for when I am scrambling around for books to read next Halloween.
Here we go:
- Before I go to Sleep by S.J.Watson – I read this book last week while traveling to Chennai. It made the perfect travel read, but it wasn’t particularly horrifying or thrilling. Unfortunately.
- Drood by Dan Simmons – I am currently in the middle of this one. It’s a sort of spooky ghost story featuring Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins hunting down a murderous being that may or may not be super-natural in nature. I can’t say much more than that because I haven’t got further than that. However, it is pretty spooky and gory. Here’s a teaser.
- Christine by Stephen King – No Halloween can be complete without a Stephen King mention.
- The Shining by Stephen King – Another of his books I’ve long been meaning to read. I will probably keep this for next year though as I don’t really want to do SK novels back to back.
- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – This is a gothic ghost story by Sarah Waters. It made into the Man Booker shortlist (in 2009 I think), and I am just itching to get to this one.
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – This is classic horror. It’s been on my Classics Club reading list for ages, but again I doubt I”ll be able to get to this one this year.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – Ditto, same as above. I am a little conflicted as to which of her two books I should read first. What I do know is I am definitely going to read both of them.
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub – I have never read any of his books, but he seems to be one of the more popular horror writers out there, and I think this pick might scare the wits off me.
- Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin – The movie is one of my all-time favorites, and I need to get to the book it is based on someday.
- The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson – During my teen years, I went on a horror binge for a long time until my grandma concerned with how my psyche might be getting affected banned me from reading them. I was forced to return my copy of this book to the library unread, and I totally forgot about it. Until I started compiling this list. Back on my TBR list it goes.
Are you reading any mystery, thriller, or horror for Halloween? Which books would you recommend I try?