Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books for Halloween

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

This week's topic is Top Ten Books for Halloween:

10. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey - It's got a vampire who hands out Halloween candy.  This is definitely a lighter take on the vampire myth, but a great choice for those who prefer flair over fangs.

9. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston - It takes place in the days before the opening of the Samhain Gate (roughly around Halloween).

8. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - This one features a doctor with an insane alter ego.  What's not to fear?

7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Because the idea of not being allowed to read books is terrifying.

6. The Witches of Willowmere by Alison Baird - It's about witches (modern ones and historical accused ones).  While not particularly scary, this book does have an old stone mansion and enough supernatural elements to get you in the Halloween mood.

5. The Witches by Roald Dahl - This one is more amusing than truly scary, but it's a great book for younger readers looking for a spooky read.

4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - There were plenty of things in this book to give a person nightmares.  The Loups and the Huntress are enough to make you keep the lights on for weeks.

3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - In the tradition of creepy Gothic novels comes this tale of secrets.

2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman - The Other Mother.  Need I say more?

1. Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr - This is a deliciously creepy tale for young readers with a similar feel to Coraline.  Heck, it's kind of creepy for older readers, too; it gave me goosebumps.

Honourable mention:

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - The birth scene reads like something out of a horror novelist's "too disgusting for publication" reject pile.  Do not read it on a stomach full of Halloween candy.  You'll be sorry.


  1. You've got some great picks for Halloween here! That Breaking Dawn scene is disturbing, I agree. And yes, the Other Mother *is* creepy...

    Haven't read The Witches but I've heard that it is actually quite scary too!

  2. Great list! And yes, that BD scene is creepy. Eek!

  3. I've been trying to decide whether or not to start The Thirteenth Tale next...you just convinced me ;)

  4. I completely forgot about The Witches! That one scared me a lot when I was a kid.

  5. A great list! And I totally agree about that scene from Breaking Dawn!

  6. The Witches is a Dahl I've not yet read. Must read it soon!

    Here's my TTT:

  7. This is an AWESOME list! I loved The Thirteenth Tale!

  8. Hahah I said the same thing about Breaking Dawn! Was that part even necessary? Actually, was the fourth book really necessary? uh NO!

    My Top Ten

  9. Great List! I've only read a few of these - I better get busy!