Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Top Ten Halloween Reads

This week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is full of scary reads recommended for Halloween!

Dark Matter - Michelle Paver
An unsettling tale set in the isolation of an Antartic winter.

Eutopia - David Nickle
Blimmin creepy, I had trouble sleeping after this one. You can read my review here and an interview with the author here.

Tokyo - Mo Hayder
Actually several of Mo Hayder's books have left me not wanting to turn the light off and she isn't a really a horror writer! I think some of the subject matter in Tokyo (alternative title The Devil of Nanking) is pretty disturbing but I also learned a little bit of history.

World War Z - Max Brooks
I don't think it's all that scary but you can't have a Halloween list without zombies and this is one of my faves.

It - Stephen King
Gaaaah scary clown! Seriously, were clowns even scary before Stephen King came along? I'm not that sure. Though pretty much any Stephen King will set you up for this Halloween.

Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson
Halloween has it's fun side too and even if the series goes downhill, the first Queen Betsy book is a hilarious take on the vampire sub-genre.

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
A boy who lives in a graveyard and has ghosts for friends. I find Neil's children's books charming without being patronising and this has the perfect tone for Halloween if you don't want a heavy going read.

Dracula - Bram Stoker
Classic horror. It might not seem all that scary to modern readers, but imagine you were living in 1897 when it was released. I bet it was pretty shocking to its contemporary audience.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies - Edward Gorey
This is actually an illustrated poem but I love it's macabre ABC of children who fall foul to horrible deaths!

The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
Turn down the lights and read aloud...


  1. I am Kate; my old university roomie (and still bestie) is Amy; we hung both of those Gashlycrumbs on our door.

    Also I've been on the fence about World War Z as I feel like I've been inundated with zombies. It's nice to see a recommendation of it. Also I'll need to look into the Nickle and the Hayder.

    Great list! Happy reading!

  2. Fantastic list! A good mix of classics and new stuff. I've never heard of the Gashlycrumbs, but it certainly sounds interesting.

    I've heard a lot about World War Z. It's on my list, but I think I'm going to grab Warm Bodies or Feed first, because they seem a bit less heavy.

  3. I was going to join in this week for once and completely forgot. Great list. Clowns certainly didn't bother me until I watched and then read It.

  4. I thought it was just me - regarding the Queen Betsy books. I loved the first few books, but then by the I don't know - 6th, 7th? Lost count - all the descriptions of Betsy "screaming" at people kind of put me off. She's not just in a bad mood, she seriously shouts at people all the time. In fact, a lot of MJD characters do. I keep thinking if she just changed the wording it might be so much better...yelled, said, stated, etc. rather than "screamed". But the first few - were very entertaining.

  5. Oh, I love your list! Mo Hayder is definitely one of my favorites and Devil of Nanking was super intense! Coincidentally, I just recently bought Nickle's book. Might have to read it this week! I'd not heard much about it at all.


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