When the holidays roll around, I like to pick books that go with the current holiday. For times like Christmas, the obvious choice is a book like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. But there are a lot of alternatives, such as Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. But when a holiday like Halloween comes around, I’m never able to find a book that really goes with the holiday the way either of the two books mentioned above do.
I suppose there are three ways you could go about picking a Halloween-specific read. You could pick up a book featuring a classic monster character like Dracula by Bram Stoker or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Or you could search the horror section for any book that might keep you up at night, jumping at every creak and bump in the night. Or you can just pick a book from the horror master himself, Stephen King. But even with these options, there still isn’t a definitive list of reads for Halloween.
If you think about it, it’s much easier to find a classic Halloween flick then it is to find a book that represents the holiday. It just depends on your taste. You’ve got The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Rosemary’s Baby. You could even go for the ultra classic films like Nosferatu or Psycho. The list goes on and on.
Unfortunately the month of October is almost out, and I’m only halfway through Under the Dome (though that could definitely count as a Halloween read since the plot unfolds purposefully during October). That means that I’ve gone another year without locating the perfect Halloween read. Some people read the same book at the same time of the year annually to celebrate certain holidays and get into the festive spirit. So, does anyone have a book they read every Halloween to get in the mood? Or, what creepy books do you think would be great to reserve for next Halloween? Got a favorite horror story? Love to hear it!