What is Halloween without a spooky book to scare you witless?
- Printer’s Devil Court – Susan Hill
This short story from the author of The Woman in Black is perfect bedtime reading for Halloween. Concise enough to read in one sitting, it tells the tale of three medical students who begin to experiment with the boundary between the dead and the living.
- Monsters – Emerald Fennell
Winning the award for creepiest cover design (look closely!) is YA novel, Monsters. Set in a seemingly perfect seaside town, this nasty murder mystery has some very sinister children at its heart.
- Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
This collection of five creepy graphic short stories will have you checking for monsters under the bed and refusing to turn off the lights. The more time you spend with each image, the creepier they become; trees turn into spindly hands and deep reds melt into blood. With very few words, Emily Carroll’s haunting tales will terrify you.
- The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
My Halloween read this year is courtesy of Shirley Jackson, author of The Lottery and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It is a classic haunted-house tale, admired by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.
- Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell
Appealing to children and adults alike, Chris Riddell’s beautifully illustrated Goth Girl series tells the story of Ada Goth, daughter of Lord Goth, as she explores their mysterious home, Ghastly-Gorm Hall. It is witty, full of clever references and a perfect way to get into the spirit of Halloween without the scares.