Halloween BooOOok Club (sorry)

it’s fricken bats

I love halloween

First, I’d like to apologise for my bat drawing. I wanted to buy a small pumpkin and take a photo of that but I couldn’t find any so this little sad bat will have to do. I’m really excited for our October book club picks though! I’m terrible with scary things, but I feel like if I read along with other people maybe it won’t seem as scary.

Horror is difficult to get right, especially with books. Reading can make you feel a whole host of emotions, but feeling genuinely frightened by a novel is not an easy thing to accomplish. That’s why we’re bringing out the big guns for our book club picks.

The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter

A literary heavyweight, Angela Carter has been ranked among the greatest writers of the 20th Century. The Bloody Chamber is her horrific masterpiece:

‘A delirious mix of fairytale, gothic romance and sly feminism, Angela Carter’s breathtaking collection is a sensual, passionate reading experience punctuated by singular supernatural imagery and baroque turns of phrase. An era defining work of multilayered meaning and seductive horror from a literary master. ‘ (Waterstones)

Carrie – Stephen King

What would horror be without Stephen King? He’s published sixty-one (literally what) novels, but Carrie was the first, and one of the most memorable.

“Carrie White is no ordinary girl. Carrie White has the gift of telekinesis. To be invited to prom night by Tommy Ross is a dream come true for Carrie – the first step towards social acceptance by her high school colleagues. But events will take a decidedly macabre turn on that horrifying and endless night as she is forced to exercise her terrible gift on the town that mocks and loathes her.’ (Waterstones)

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

Henry James’ literary legacy cannot be underestimated, and his novella The Turn of the Screw, is easily one of the scariest ghost stories of all time.

“A very young woman’s first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate…An estate haunted by a beckoning evil.” (Goodreads)

Dark Tales – Shirley Jackson

We can’t talk about horror without talking about Shirley Jackson. The queen of suspense herself, these short stories are bound to terrify.

“There’s something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the country manor, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods…” (Waterstones)

Personally, I’d be happy to read any of these books, but it’s not up to me! Here’s a twitter poll for you to decide which novel you’d like to read this month:

Published by Lily Evans

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