10.25.2011

week of 'ween: six spooky reads

today i want to share with you some of my favorite haunting tales! unfortunately i have to limit the list to six, but here is a longer list if you're interested in getting some creepy reading done this week. also, i think this post may make me the nerdiest person ever. so, without further ado...



see my list after the jump! (click below)



the masque of the red death by edgar allan poe
ok, anything by edgar allan poe, but the masque of the red death is just so unsuspecting, colorful, (literally) and ominous. and it's not the standard tell tale heart or the raven.

the legend of sleepy hollow by washington irving
i went to washington irving middle school, so i had to add this one. also, it has a ghost, a protagonist named ichabod, and a headless guy on a horse who has a jack-o-lantern for a head (who is also the ghost). is there anything about this story doesn't scream halloween?

frankenstein by mary shelley
what i'm reading now. classic tale of monster creating monster.

young goodman brown by nathaniel hawthorne
i took a class exclusively on the works of good ol' nate hawthorne, and have literally read everything ever written by him. but i chose young goodman brown for the halloween list because, well let's see, it takes place in salem, in the woods, in the middle of the night, at a witch's sabbath.

interview with the vampire by anne rice
well, i had to put a vampire book on here, and i haven't read dracula yet. interview with the vampire is a novel about the life of a vampire. it's an easy, cool read, more about relationships than just blood-sucking monsters. although there is plenty of blood-sucking, too.

the cremation of sam mcgee by robert william service
the northern lights have seen queer sights / but the queerest they ever did see / was that night on the marge of lake lebarge / i cremated sam mcgee. need i say more?


so, there's my list, what's yours? any favorite ghoulish tales? any creepy stories of horror you would add to the list? i'd love to know!


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2 comments:

Ace and Waleena...Two people, actually said...

The creepiest book I ever read is called "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson.

Ace and Waleena...Two people, actually said...

"Drood" by Dan Simmons...very scary. The demon waiting for Wilkie Collins on the stair landing really did it to me. Wilkie's particular demon was spawned by opium addiction, but no matter. I haven't slipped downstairs for a midnight snack since reading this book...can't face the landing in the dark.