The books we’re reading this Halloween
By Hodderscape Team
Eyeless women, horrifying rituals and Jack the Ripper: the Hodderscape team have our Halloween reading list sorted. Now all we need is candlelight, an atmospheric storm and a few bumps in the night when we’re home alone.
What’s on your list this Halloween?
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years and I think this might finally be the year – I have a weekend away in a remote country house, which feels like the perfect place to scare myself. I gobble up books that are claustrophobically inside a disturbing narrator’s head, and Merricat sounds like someone I would love. I like that there’s dark humour, too, so I can’t get TOO scared.
– Emma, Editorial
Daphne du Maurier’s short stories
I love curating my own selection of du Maurier short stories. ‘The Doll’ is easily the one that scares me most (it is sexy in a horribly creepy way), but ‘The Birds’ is guaranteed to give me nightmares. ‘Don’t Look Now’ is such a classic I can almost recite it, but I love the haunting familiarity of reading it again. The two sisters are some of my favourite creepies in literature.
– Emma, Editorial
From Hell by Alan Moore
I am relatively new to the world of the graphic novel and was recently recommended From Hell by a friend. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Eddie Campbell, this is the story of Jack the Ripper that we all know and love, but with an Alan Moore twist. The subject matter is nice and bloody and the artwork is scratchy and atmospheric. Perfect for reading in one sitting on a dark October evening.
– Rosie, Publicity
The Binding Song by Elodie Harper
A string of inmates have committed suicide, leaving no reasons why, and her predecessor has disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of an eyeless woman stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins…
– Rachel, Marketing
Body by Asa Nonami
I read Asa Nonami’s wonderfully creepy family psychodrama Now You’re One of Us and knew I needed more. Each story in this collection explores a different party of the body, looking at the way vanity, self-esteem, and body image control our lives. I’m assured that it’s very dark and very twisted. Exactly what I need this Halloween.
– Fleur, Marketing
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
I haven’t read as much horror as I would like, so, to try and correct this, I recently asked some friends for a really creepy Halloween read. They all had wonderful things to say about this Adam Nevill novel, focusing on a group of guys that go hiking in Sweden and encounter a possibly supernatural menace, so I have it loaded up on my kindle, ready for this weekend. If it really is a scary as they say, I might regret staying home alone this Halloween!
– Sam, Editorial