never too early to think about fall reading

NPR released its 100 Best Horror Novels and I’m so excited! I am always looking for a good creepy book… they are hard to find. I like things with a distinct supernatural edge, and lean fairly traditional: haunted houses, ghosts, maybe some vampires or werewolves. I don’t love TONS of gore (although am not terribly averse to it either) and really out-there weirdness is sort of lost on me… I’m looking for atmosphere, dread, creepiness, something to make me want to pull the covers up tight (but nothing so gross I can’t close my eyes). I’ve read a good portion of these already:

  1. Frankenstein
  2. Dracula
  3. The Tell-Tale Heart
  4. The Turn of the Screw
  5. Let The Right One In
  6. The Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice) — 4 of these
  7. Communion
  8. The Haunting of Hill House
  9. The House Next Door
  10. The Shining
  11. The Woman In Black
  12. Rebecca
  13. Sandman (graphic novels, quite a few, not all)
  14. The Lottery
  15. The Terror
  16. Lord of the Flies
  17. The Handmaid’s Tale
  18. Beloved
  19. Rosemary’s Baby
  20. The Exorcist
  21. The Body
  22. The House with a Clock in its Walls
  23. Coraline
  24. Down a Dark Hall (so glad to see this one on the list! A favorite not many have read)

Nearly a quarter… but that still leaves 76 wonderful reads ahead of me! I have a few on my list for this fall and winter:

  1. The Hunger (Fairly new, looking forward to this one)
  2. The October Country (can’t believe I haven’t read this, or maybe I have but it was a long time ago)
  3. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (These came out after I was in the target age; I scored a couple with the original, truly creepy illustrations and am looking forward to catching up now!)
  4. Spirit Hungers (Another kids book, new to me! I love scary kids books, I think they are often truly scary in a visceral, universal way and don’t have to try too hard)
  5. The Willows (catching up on classics!)

It’s been a bit of a stressful summer: moving, unpacking, learning about the new place, lots of projects and activities and travel… I’m looking forward to huddling in against the rain and cozying up with some scary reads.


3 thoughts on “never too early to think about fall reading

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  2. Lois Duncan was a favourite of mine as a teenager/young adult; I’m old, I know! But I remember Down a Dark Hall well. Have you read other books by her?

    I too adore books with a supernatural vibe, minus the gore or outright horror. Like you, I’m pretty traditional in my leanings. I don’t do Stephen King. The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters), Night Film (kind of horror-lite, but fun), House of Many Shadows (Barbara Michaels; and oldie but a many times read favourite) are a few that pop into my head.

    • Hi Anne, nice to hear from you! I love Lois Duncan, I’ve read many by her. I also loved The Little Stranger… I do adore Stephen King, I think he’s a master storyteller. I can do some pretty good horror but I don’t especially like gore. I tend to be picky, at any rate. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having some good October reads!

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