Halloween Part 1

Hocus Pocus

It’s one of my favourite times of the year so I love to read spooky books this month. I thought I’d recommend my top five books and some creepy accompanying merchandise from the UK in a series of posts over the next couple of days.

The Shining – Stephen King

I read this book every October and it still terrifies me. Stephen King is able to slowly increase the tension until you’re as panicked as the characters and, towards the end, I’m almost hyperventilating. I’ve never seen the film version but this book scares me more than that ever could. It has all the classic horror staples such as being trapped in one location, a haunted house (hotel, in this case), combined with human horrors such as alcoholism and the slow descent into madness. Some of it can be a bit dated to new readers but the story is still one of the best examples of the genre.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

This classic vampire tale is responsible for the influence of all things vampiric and many of the myths we associate with them. It does have some problems with its representation of women but, if you accept it as a product of its time, it’s a brilliant story that’s guaranteed to entertain. 

Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice

This is one of those books where the film is just as popular and beloved. With the publication of this book, it seems that vampires began to be shown as relatable rather than as simply monsters. Anne Rice encourages the reader to empathise with Louis and to understand the human motivations that drive vampire behaviour. It’s easy to see the influence this humanisation of vampires had on subsequent books and the plethora of stories revolving around the vampire-as-a-good-guy. 

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

This story is one of the creepiest I’ve read but that’s maybe from an adult perspective. It’s sinister yet fun, with Neil Gaiman’s typically beautiful language. Coraline is such an amazing main character – independent, intelligent, brave, and quirky. I haven’t seen the film adaptation but have heard it’s well worth watching.

IT – Stephen King

I had to slip another Stephen King story in as he’s indisputably the best horror storyteller. With the release of the film, I imagine a lot of people will be reading this for the first time and I’m sure it won’t disappoint (apart from THAT scene near the end which I hate). The Losers have to be the most well-developed set of Stephen King characters and certainly the most memorable. 

Tomorrow’s post will feature some amazing bookish Halloween merchandise from the UK. 


  1. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix

    6 October 2017 at 1:05 PM

    These are all REALLY REALLY good suggestions. I’m a little odd and I’m going to counter-suggest The Vampire Lestat over Interview With a Vampire, though! While ALL Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles are EXCELLENT I really loved Lestat’s backstory.
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    1. scorpiobookdreams

      6 October 2017 at 1:06 PM

      I definitely agree but I thought it might be worth putting the first in the series on for those who haven’t read them before.

      1. Amber @ The Literary Phoenix

        6 October 2017 at 1:24 PM

        FAIR! πŸ™‚

        I’m actually super biased because I read Lestat first. πŸ˜€ So that doesn’t help?

        1. scorpiobookdreams

          6 October 2017 at 1:27 PM

          I wouldn’t like to have read Lestat first as I’d have been disappointed by Interview!

  2. Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    9 October 2017 at 4:14 PM

    I love these recommendations!
    I’ve never read a Stephen King books, which of the two you’ve listed would you recommend I start?
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    1. scorpiobookdreams

      10 October 2017 at 1:52 AM

      I think I’d start with The Shining as it’s the one I enjoy most. The Stand is also a great choice and there’s a pretty good TV series of it as well.

  3. Jonathan Scott Griffin

    19 October 2017 at 4:12 AM

    While at it check out “The Phantom Ship” by Frederick Marryat, “The Monk” by Mathew Lewis, “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson, and anything by H.P. Lovecraft. Great job choosing “Dracula.” It’s a fantastic piece of Gothic literature.

    1. scorpiobookdreams

      19 October 2017 at 1:29 PM

      Thank you for the recommendations. I’ve read ‘The Monk’ and I’ve got a copy of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ on my TBR pile!

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