Top Ten Halloween-like Books

This week, the Top Ten topic is books/movies that get us in the Halloween spirit. Since I’m not really a huge movie person, I’ve decided to go with books. That, of course, means that this list will read kinda like a list of my favorite RIP books, to be honest. Shrug. That’s okay, right? In no particular order:

night_circus_cover1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Atmospheric circus-horror. Doesn’t get much better than this one.

2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Classic ghost-like story, with crazy villains and lots of creepy fun.

3. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – To be honest, I have a lot of issues with this book, and a weird love-hate relationship with it, but it still makes a wonderful Halloween book.

4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Book, graphic novel, movie. All three are fantastic for the Halloween season.

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Another macabre classic that’s perfect for Halloween horror-lite.

6. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – This one opens with a man turning into a giant insect. Come on.

devilish7. Devilish by Maureen Johnson – Demons, curses, and Catholic school. Yeah.

8. Ghost Cat by Beverly Butler – Okay, so this one is a general class of books. I don’t mean this one specifically. I mean the general: childhood books that creeped the pants off us back when we were kids. They’re perfect for rereading before Halloween. Ghost Cat was my particular creep-book.

9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – Actually, most Shirley Jackson will do. The Haunting of Hill House, or even better, her short story “The Lottery.” *shudder*

10. Amphigorey by Edward Gorey – Or Amphigorey Too. Or either of the next couple Amphigorey books. They’re all perfect for Halloween.


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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4 Responses to Top Ten Halloween-like Books

  1. Trisha says:

    So many of the books you’ve posted here are either on my list or just missed the cut since I only chose five books. Great minds and all.


  2. Trish says:

    I don’t remember what your issues with Phantom were. I’ve stopped the audio because I’m listening to Drood most of the time but I was enjoying the narration of Phantom. The narrator is Ralph Cosham, who I’ve never heard of, but a scan on Audible shows he’s done quite a bit. Otherwise great picks!


    • Amanda says:

      I’m not sure if my issues with Phantom are related to the translation or not. I’ve heard that the most common translation actually leaves out a lot. I just don’t like the second half of the book, all the tedious torture stuff and explaining everything away. I feel like it changed genres halfway through from creepy atmospheric to almost Sherlock Holmes-like. Or something.


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