I know we’re all busy with the Centennial Celebration coming up in just a week and a half, but never fear (or maybe do) – there’s always time for Halloween books! Of course, Halloween connotes something different to everyone. Whether you see the day for trick-or-treating as a religious holiday, excuse to buy candy, or opportunity to exercise your creativity with a costume, ultimately Halloween has a rich literary tradition.
Need a costume?
These 31 inspired readers put together some great bookish costumes – if you’re planning on wearing a costume, your muse might live here!
Living with monsters
Darcey Steinke’s poignant essay grapples with raising her daughter free from the emotions that had haunted her mother, with a little help from Frankenstein’s author Mary Shelley, whose own mother wrote the feminist “A Vindication of the Rights of Women.”
Some light thrills?
Be warned – these thrills might not be light! These newly-released YA books may all be horror, but the characters face different fears. Walk a haunted asylum, run from a serial killer, find the truth behind a secret society, or discover if Dracula has risen from the dead to walk the halls of a Victorian boarding school. It’s almost Halloween, so why not?
She’s a witch!
But really, this article talks about women throughout history whose transgressive femininity meant that society labeled them as witches.
Not quite Casper…
These novels have “ghosts” – some real, some metaphorical – that haunt characters attempting to work through their personal histories. Characters facing grief in hybrid-form works (sometimes by relying on alternate reality), reading the past through the present, something by 2017 Nobel winner Kazuo Ishiguro, and places which lose their meaning are among the selections offered here.
Craving brains (and romance)?
She’s a witch (too)!
Can you judge a book by its cover?
Scroll through this collection of covers from pulp horror books for some shocking, ridiculous, and weird images of attacking creatures.
Behind the nightmares
If you just don’t think you have the time to start any books right now, these ten horror movies were based on books. You might have missed some of these classic movies/books – and, once you’re done, you’ll be able to say that old standard: “I haven’t read it, but I saw the movie!”