We don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, but man I wish we did. It seems like such an AWESOME holiday. Dressing up and eating junk food? That's like the best combination ever. Still, there's no reason why I can't get into the spirit at home by
1. Carrie by Stephen King. OK, I'm sure pretty much anything by Stephen King could go on this list. But having only read a few of his books, this one is probably my fave.
2. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This books scared the bejeezus out of me. It features one of the most horrific villains I've ever come across. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine.
3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The green-faced, bolt-necked monster is a Halloween staple (well, judging from movies and all), but the original book is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking tales I've ever read.
4. Preloved by Shirley Marr. For those looking for a more light-hearted read, Preloved is a super fun book featuring a hot ghost from the 80s.
5. Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst. This one is another lighter, fun story, but I think it's Halloween-worthy purely for the fact that it features vampirse who actually like to feed on humans. Well, until a random unicorn is thrown into the mix, anyway... like I said, it's fun!
6. 1984 by George Orwell. Is there anything more terrifying than Orwell's interpretation of the future? Especially the ending... it still haunts me, years after I read it.
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Dorian trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty - which become the mask that disguises the horrors lurking within. Creeeepy.
8. The Children of Men by P. D. James. This is another novel that has stayed with me years after I finished reading it. It's a haunting tale of humanity gone wrong.
9. Pet Sematery by Stephen King. Another King, I know, but seriously - undead toddlers are the freakiest thing ever.
10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This makes the list purely for the creeptastic photos that appear throughout. It does start out pretty scary, but a third of the way in there is a massive shift in tone. I still loved the book, although it wasn't what I was expecting.
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