Halloween is round the corner and if you are not up for dressing and heading down to the nearest Halloween party in town then don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with the necessary dose of spook. Here’ a must Reading list for Halloween which will keep you up all night.
- Frankenstein – Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley. The novel has a narrative within narrative structure and tells the story of an ambitious man who in his attempt to create life, creates a monster. The journey of the monster and his creator is thought provoking and gives enough thrill for the Halloween weekend.
2. Dracula – Dracula is a gothic novel by Bram Stoker. It is written in epistolary form and tells the story of Count Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing who crusades against Dracula. After claiming many lives Dracula is finally annihilated but leaves behind a gripping story.
3.The Turn of the Screw – The Turn of the Screw is a novel by Henry James. Like many of his novels, this one revolves around children but has a gothic element to it. The novel follows the story of a young governess who has been hired to look after two young children, a boy and a young girl, by their uncle. Soon the governess begins to suspect that the children see the ghost of a former servant and communicate with it. The novel has a sordid conclusion.
4. The Mysteries of Udolpho – The Mysteries of Udolpho is a gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe. It follows the story of Emily St. Aubert who undergoes many trials and tribulations before being united with her love. The novel has many gothic elements including mysterious events, physical and psychological torture, haunting castles and evil villains. This novel is a fun read for the Halloween as it ends on a positive note for the heroine.
5. The Woman in Black – The Woman in Black is a horror novella by Susan Hill. It follows the story of a young solicitor Kipps who visits the town of Crythin Gifford. Mysterious events begin to happen and Kipps is haunted by a woman in black. The mystery of the woman and Kipps’ encounter of her is scary and thrilling. For the necessary dose of chill, this novel is a must read.
6. The Exorcist – The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is a story about demonic possession, exorcism and questions of faith. The novel is spine chilling and though in novel form, it is enough to give you sleepless nights.
7. The Shining – The Shining is a horror novel by Stephen King. It is about a demonic hotel in Colorado Rockies,which takes possession of it’s inhabitants forcing them to kill people they love. The novel is haunting and spine-chilling. It will keep you on edge to know what happens to Jack Torrence, the winter caretaker of the hotel, and his family when they get stranded in the hotel after a winter storm.
8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is about a London based lawyer who investigates the case of an old friend Dr. Jekyll and a mysterious evil man Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde is a mysterious, ugly man who is involved in many crimes and yet is the sole beneficiary of reputed Dr. Jekyll. The mystery of the two men is thrilling and keep you hooked.
9. The Canterville Ghost – Last but not the least, The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is a funny story about a ghost who has scared a lot of people but faces huge challenge in the form of newly arrived American family of Mr. Otis. The ghost is bullied by the family and instead of scaring them away the ghost is scared himself. The story is a fun and light read for those who don’t want spookiness this Halloween.