The season of Tim Burton and Stephen King is upon us! With October being the official month of spookiness here are 5 stories that will haunt your bookshelf for Halloweens to come.
The Memento is a relatively gore free novel by local author Christy Ann Conlin. We follow Fancy Mosher and the haunting tale of her summer at Petal’s End. Fancy is working in an old house for the family that lives there. As the summer goes by the family’s dark secrets begin to spill. Fancy spends the whole of the novel surrounded by secrets and an old family legend. Colin is sure to have yo frantically flipping pages into the night to reach the end but beware your head will be spinning by the time you finish.
Agatha Christie is often called the Queen of Crime and fittingly so. And Then There Were None is a mind boggling mystery that will leave you guessing until the very last page. There are ten strangers gathered together on a private island by a mysterious rich host none of them know until, one by one, each of them is murdered. A haunting murder mystery by the author who writes them best, what’s not to love?
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie is another perfect Halloween read. This particular murder mystery contains a few strings clues —a pocketful of rye, clothes pins, blackbird pie, and a nursery rhyme. With such odd clues you wouldn’t expect Miss Marple, a clever old woman, to be able to solve it but of course she does. One of Agatha Christie’s most haunting and Halloween worthy novels you will have the nursery rhyme stuck in your head for the rest of the month.
The great detective Sherlock Holmes could not be exempt from this list. The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of the most terrifying Homes mystery Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote which makes it a perfect read for Halloween. When Sir Charles Baskerville is murdered and giant dog footprints are found at the crime scene Holmes and Watson are on the case. As the story goes on things get stranger and stranger, be prepared to read this with the light on. If you want to scare your friends as well invite them over and watch the BBC Sherlock episode based on this story.
Lastly, the wildly popular Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a perfect book to get you into the Halloween Spirit. We follow Jacob as he journeys with a band of peculiar children and their guardian Miss Peregrine. This delightfully creepy story takes place on a strange island that houses a, now abandoned, orphanage. Ransom Riggs uses old photographs to help you piece together the strange characters in this tale. A stunning read that is guaranteed to have you celebrating Halloween all month.
By Jessica Farrell