Can you believe Halloween is in one day? I know, it’s crazy. To get you in the mood here is a quick list of some of our most favorite spooky books.
Ghosts in the House!
For this once I am going to start with the picture book, as this one needs a little more love. And look how cute it is this?
They are all done in two color linocut illustrations.
To me the little witch girl and kitty are reminisncent of Kiki and Gigi. And that is always a good thing.
purchase Ghosts in the House!
Let the Right One in
by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By Neil Gaiman
The Little Stranger
Since falling hard for her first book Tipping the Velvet, I have read everything Waters has done. I will continue to do so. This, her most divisive book (possibly because of pace, possibly because a lack of a Lesbian relationship) , is a meticulously plotted haunted house story which takes a very long time to build. The atmosphere throughout is so rich I was happy to spend my time in it.
Buy The Little Stranger.
The original Gothic Romance.
It's Jane Eyre - so, you know.
Buy Jane Eyre
By Alvin Schwartz
I have such fond memories of these. Just seeing the illustrations recalls evenings of scaring myself silly by reading these over and over again and not being able to put them down. They totally hold up as an adult too! Maybe it is nostalgia, sure but they are very solid books. If you can, find the older ones that have not been toned down.
Buy Scary Stories.
Dark Horse comics gathers an impressive collection of talent for their "Book of" series (others include Book of Monsters, Book of Hauntings & Book of the Dead). They are all great. Let's say this one is my favorite - though I cannot really decide between them.
Some pages from various artists within:
The Secret Place
By Tana French
The most recent volume in Tana French's creepy and addicitve Dublin Murder Squad series. This one centers on a posh girls boarding school where a note "I know who killed him" was posted on the communal bulletin board, know as The Secret Place.
If you have not ready any of French's book. You can start here, but why not start on the first In the Woods.
Arguably the best Berenstain Bear book. It;s Luke's favorite Halloween Book (and maybe Julie's too).
Do you dare go into the Spooky Old Tree? Of course you do!
By Edward Gorey
You just cannot have a list of creepy books without having an Edward Gorey book. It just wouldn't be proper.
The one on our shelf is Amphigorey Also, but go ahead and take your pick. They are all the awesomeness.
Buy Edward Gorey books.
Happy Halloween everyone!!! Be safe and have a blast!