Friday, October 27, 2017

Goldilox and the Three Scares Classic Horror Week: Halloween Book Recs

We're doing something a little different for Halloween this year. This time of year always brings out the monsters. And some of our favorites are the ones from literature. We're looking at retellings and reimaginings of horror classics like Dracula and Frankenstein.

Today is going to be all about the book recs! Rose Red had so much fun coming up with this list! Some are delightfully creepy and others just have an atmosphere to them that just screams fall and Halloween. Most we've reviewed already and the ones we haven't have reviews coming next week.

It wouldn't be a Goldilox and the Three Scares rec post without a giveaway! Scroll to the bottom to enter for a read that is guaranteed creepy for your All Hallows' Eve!

Perfect Halloween Reads

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
I have been rereading this book every October for years thanks to the recommendation of Neil Gaiman. It has 31 chapters so you can read one a night. It's the story of an eldritch scavenger hunt between some of the most famous horror names in literature. It's told from the perspective of Snuff, the familiar of the man named Jack. It's fun trying to figure out which familiar belongs to which famous character. You can read more of my thoughts on it when my review goes live on Halloween.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Alexandra Bracken's middle grade debut is the perfect read for the Halloween season. It gave me some serious old school Disney's Halloweentown vibes and you can't help but fall in love with the sassy demon, Alastor. You can read Rose Red's review here.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This book is one of my favorite Halloween reads of all time and is one I read every year. It's a retelling of the Jungle Book about a boy who grows up in graveyard among the ghosts and other creatures. The graphic novel is amazing too! You can read my thoughts on the book here.

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
Have you ever needed a steampunk Frankenstein retelling in your life? If the answer is yes, then this is the book for you. I loved everything about it including the fact that Mary Shelley became a character and not just reference. You can check out my review here for more of my thoughts on it.

The Stalking Jack the Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco
This series has been some of the best YA historical fiction I've read in forever. Audrey Rose and Thomas investigate Jack the Ripper all over White Chapel and go to a forensic school in a creepy old castle that is said to have been the home of Dracula. Just everything about the settings of these two books make these perfect Halloween reads! My reviews for both books can be found here and here.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Cycle has ghosts, psychics, street racing, and a hunt for a dead Welsh king which gives it a whimsical and eerie feel. That feeling plus Stiefvater's writing style makes it a perfect read for the Fall especially around Halloween. This quartet quickly catapulted itself onto my top five series of all-time list. You can read more about how much I loved it in this RTFB here.

What are your favorite Halloween reads?

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