A little darkness
With Halloween only a few days away, here are some suggestions for books to send a cold finger down your spine.
Helen Dunmore The Greatcoat. A 1950s ghost story novella from this wonderful writer
Susan Hill The Small Hand. If you’ve already read The Woman in Black, try this from the same author
Stephen King Doctor Sleep. King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of ‘The Shining’, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. So will you..
M.R. James Ghost Stories – classic ghost stories creating menace and terror
Shirley Jackson. The Haunting of Hill House. “Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
Bram Stoker Dracula. The original and best Vampire story. Add a trip to Whitby for a perfectly haunting weekend.
Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Original, clever and eerie. Should you read the book or see the film first?
Henry James. The Turn of the Screw. What’s not said and seen is more always frightening..
Catriona Ward Rawblood A haunting gothic novel from our current #HauntingReads promotion
Michelle Paver. Thin Air. Her last ghost novel Dark Matter set in the Arctic was excellent. Can she chill us again with this novel set in the Himalayas? Part of our #HauntingReads promotion