Happy Halloween! So I am a lover of horror fiction! (I even helped write a horror novel which you can find here – but warning it’s super bloody – and it’s sequel, which I co-authored and had a bigger part in writing here ). Anyway… shameless self-promotion over, here are my top Halloween reads!
The literary horror – The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman
Yeah… I know, I talk about this book a lot, but that’s because it’s definitely one of my absolute favourites! A vampire who was turned as a 14 year old boy, tries to stop a group of crazy vampire children from ruining everyone’s fun. A vampire tale with a very Fitzgerald/Salinger-esque vibe; what more could you want? Review
The spooky-but-not-scary horror – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This tale about the undead residences of a graveyard raising a toddler after his family is killed is super fun! And you know Neil Gaiman is always worth your time!
The actually-really-super-creepy horror book – Birdbox by Josh Malerman
Another one I talk about ALL THE TIME is Birdbox. This has to be the most successful horror novel I’ve ever read. This is the story of a woman and two children in a world where just seeing something can turn you into a monster. Imagine trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, where any time you go outside you need to blindfold yourself. Yeah… super creepy. Review.
The Classic Horror – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Easily my favourite classic novel, Frankenstein is just so incredible, and Shelley is just proof that anything a man can do, a teenage girl can do better.
The weird-as-F*ck-horror – John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
This book is completely demented but also completely brilliant, if not just really juvenille at times (there are a lot of penis jokes. It’s just a hilarious cock-forest at times), and it is definitely not for everyone, but if you like really out-there absurd horror that is also hilarious – John Dies at the End is for you. And the sequel is even better! Review.
The fun horror – Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
This is a book about a haunted Ikea (only it’s not called Ikea). What makes this book really special is the formatting. It’s set out like an Ikea catalogue, complete with store maps and product descriptions. Review.
The YA-romance horror – The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Vampire apocalypse in Amish country? Yes please. But don’t let the YA-romance trick you into thinking this book is all batting eyelashes and canoodling. There are some serious blood and guts in this book. Review.
So those are my go-to Halloween reads. I’ve also been reading The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantaro recently and I am really enjoying that. So what are some of your Halloween recommendations?