This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween freebie, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Halloween-appropriate reads that I think are under hyped. To be fair, you’ve probably heard of some of these if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned most of them at some point or another. They’re not the typical books you think of when you think Halloween reads (i.e. The Shining), but they are all unquestionably suited for this time of year.
- The Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel. If you’re not into scary books, but want to read something Halloween-appropriate, this is the book for you. It’s about an über-old, Dracula-esque vampire who wakes up after hundreds of years to find the world has been overtaken by pretty, nice vampires (like the ones in Twilight). And he is not happy about it.
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. This is a short graphic novel about a girl who comes in contact with a ghost. At first, Anya is excited to have found a friend, but then things take a dark turn. I don’t want to say much about it, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s a great story.
- Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory by Nick Scott and Noa Gavin. This is one of those books that is just wonderfully bizarre. It may not involve anything specifically Halloween-related (well, there are spiders), but it is definitely creepy. A great pick if you’re not into traditional horror or thrillers.
- I Hate Fairland by Scottie Young. So far, only volume one of this comic series is in publication, but I really enjoyed this one! It’s kind of like Candyland, if Candyland was invaded by a deranged, bloodthirsty thirty-year-old trapped in a little girl’s body. If murder is more your thing, as opposed to scary creatures or ghosts, you might want to pick this up.
- John Dies at the End by David Wong. There is a bit of a thriller aspect to this book, but mostly the scariness is about the bizarre and utterly creepy creatures coming out of a different dimension. (Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory reminded me a lot of this book.)
- Slade House by David Mitchell. This is a horror novel set in a small house in London in which something evil happens every four years. On Halloween. I read it last year and loved it, and highly recommend reading it on or close to Halloween.
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I love that this book is a collection of graphic short stories, which is different than anything I’ve read before. The stories themselves are super creepy, and I enjoyed every single one of them.
- Alice by Christina Henry. This is easily the darkest retelling I’ve ever read. It takes the Alice in Wonderland characters you know and love, and changes everything you think you know about them. It’s thrilling and fun to read. If you like Alice, you might enjoy this über-dark take on it.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Okay, so technically, I haven’t finished this one. Yet. But I am enjoying it, and it is the perfect, creepy Halloween read!
- The Diviners by Libba Bray. If you’re planning on curling up on Halloween with a great book (like me), this one is a great pick. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but it’s a wonderfully dark novel set in 1920s New York. And the villain is a serial-killing ghost, so it’s basically perfect for Halloween.
If you’ve read any of these, let me know your thoughts in the comments! What are you reading for Halloween this year?