Hello my ghosts and goolies, It’s near that time again, the first holiday in what begins the final three months of holidays. Also, my personal favorite, Halloween.
A time when the weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to fall, the warm apple cider is brought out and we gorge on chocolate. There’s also campfires and toasted marshmallows and warm hoodies.
On top of all of this, it’s time for spooky tales to be shared, ghost stories and stories that send chills down your spine, make you sleep with your lights on, has you looking over your shoulder…just in case.
Creepy tales are a favorite, especially this time of year and today, we’ll mark down some of the popular ghost tales. Not only mine but the popular ones as well.
One of my personal favorites this year was Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. I wrote a review in the heat of summer because this book was so good. Just the perfect amount of haunted house story mixed with blurred lines between fantasy and reality.
Another good book full of short stories I’ve been working through is Hide the Knives by Marcus Damanda. A collection of creepy short stories that have you turning on the lights. The short story that carries the namesake of the book is especially creepy and warns readers about Halloween rules.
Looking over the list of popular scary stories, NPR compiles an interesting list of the 100 best in their opinion back in 2018. While M.R. James has been connected with Christmas with me, his popular Turn of the Screw is on the list. Even better, you can read it for free! Click the link for the Project Gutenberg e-book. One of my favorites made it to this list, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It’s a perfect story of delusion and delirium and the decent into madness. Even the actual book is a lesson in sanity. Why I love this book is because there’s an entire album that was made in connection to this book when it was first released. Poe’s second album Haunted was made in collaboration with her brother’s book and is the perfect atmospheric background music for reading.
Tell us what your favorite spooky stories are? What gives you chills when you read it at night? What sends you curled up into a blanket, eyeing the shadows in the back?
Post your comments in the bottom friends and enjoy Halloween. Just remember to take time out to curl up with a good book.