Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit.

As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Halloween books. Here are my ten picks. I don’t usually read scary books, so this was maybe more of a challenge for me than for other people.

1. The Gates by John Connolly

-A lovely little semi-funny book about a boy and his weiner dog on Halloween, the night when demons decide to invade the earth.

2. Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

-Any of the Pendergast books are sufficiently creepy, but this one is kind of Halloween-ish cause it has a lot to do with corn fields. Which remind me of corn fields. See where I’m going? Also, it’s more stand-alone so if you haven’t read any of the other books, this one is fine.

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

-Need I say more?

4. Sammy Keyes and The Skeleton Man by Wendelin Van Draaen

-I loved the Sammy Keyes books when I was young. I think I actually started with this one, which takes place at Halloween.

5. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

-One of those original scary stories that is tolerable to a chicken.

6. The Monk by Matthew Lewis

-Devils and demons and murder and rape, oh my.

7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

-Similar to The Woman in White in terms of the creepiness level.

8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

-More authentic monster material.

9. Edgar Allen Poe

-The master. Basically, anything by him, but especially “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”.

10. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

-Lots of these have a supernatural/creepy edge, but I would recommend “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

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