Hey everyone, it’s fast approaching Halloween – just ten days to go, folks! I hope you’ve got your costumes sorted, picked out a pumpkin and got chocolate ready for those trick or treating. I love Halloween, even though I never really celebrated it much as a child. And for me, the holiday is about watching creepy films, eating junk food and reading spooky scary books. What better way to celebrate than with this tag, which was created by Clever Fox on YouTube!
So without further ado, lets do the tag!
What goes bump in the night? Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it. For this, I’m going with a book that I couldn’t finish reading because it scared me so much, and that is The Mall by S. L. Grey. I wasn’t far into the book, but the atmosphere sent shivers up my spine, and I had a nightmare so vivid that I had to put it down. The novel follows Dan, a disgruntled mall employee, and Rhoda, a drug addict, who is searching for a lost child. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her look, but strange messages lead them into the depths of the mall. The only escape is down, until they emerge into something strange, where the nightmare is only just beginning for them.
Jack O’Lanterns and Classic Costumes: A book you always reach for during Halloween time. I wouldn’t say a specific book, but I always try and read a lot of Stephen King! He is the master of horror after all, and I’m looking forward to being frightened. I’m definitely thinking of rereading It though, which I’ve spoken about before on this blog!
Black Cats and Magic Mirrors: A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic. I’ve chosen Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for this. It’s the first book in the series, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest! I read this last year before the film adaptation came out, and there was something about it that had me hooked. There is so much magic at play, with these different abilities that the peculiar children have. The photos in the book are a nice touch, and really adds to the whole feel! Before I knew what the book was about, I thought it was a memoir of superstitious and supernatural children, so I was pleasantly surprised!
Witch’s Brew: Favourite witch character in any book/series. I’m sure you can guess who I’ve chosen… Yes, it’s Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling! I love that she has the brains to achieve anything she sets her mind to – she has that grim determination, as well as courage in the face of the unknown. I really connect with her, as she was an outsider and had few friends she could trust. She’s definitely my favourite character, and Emma Watson was a great choice when casting her in the film adaptations.
Ghouls and Ghosts: A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad). I’m going with Alice by Christina Henry, the first book in the Chronicles of Alice series, which I read last year. The novel follows Alice who is trapped in a hospital in the Old City, not that she knows why. She remembers a tea party, long ears, and blood. When a fire breaks out, Alice is given a chance to escape, to find out what happened to her. Only something else escapes too, and the rabbit awaits her somewhere. I long for a really horrifying retelling of the classic, and I didn’t get that. It was bland, and although Alice has suffered trauma to damage her mental health, it seems this is the default way to characterise her. Due to the disappointment I felt when I read it, this is the book that haunts me in a bad way.
Haunted graveyard: You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort – which is it? I’m being sneaky and would go for the omnibus edition of Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. I was bought this edition years ago, and it collects the first four books: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (1), It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers (2), Knocked Out by my Nunga Nungas (3), and Dancing in my Nuddy Pants (4). It’s something that makes me smile and laugh and holds a lot of memories. Definitely a comfort read!
The Undead: Favourite supernatural creatures to read about i.e. vampires, zombies, werewolves etc. Vampire books will always have a soft spot in my heart, but I do enjoy reading about werewolves just as much. It’s why I read a lot of paranormal romance, because I get the best of both worlds! A series that has both, and has a lot of other supernatural creatures is the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita reanimates zombies, and slays vampires, but sooner rather than later, her life is filled to the brim with supernatural creatures of all shapes and sizes. This image was taken from the Marvel graphic novel adaption!
In the dead of night: Pick a book with a black cover. I’m going with The Blackhouse by Peter May. This is the first book in the Lewis trilogy. A brutal murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis, with similarities to a case in Edinburgh. Detective Fin Macleod is sent back to the island, representing a journey home, and a journey into his past. It’s a great thriller, with a remote setting. It’s perfect for ramping up the atmosphere, and as a reader, you want to know more about Fin’s life now, the life he once had, and the murders that have taken place.
Trick? Or treat? As much I love being scared, I’m going to say treat! I love spending the Halloween night with loved ones, watching films, tucking into a takeaway with bags of sweets scattered about. I draw the curtains and set candles burning. Perfect! Here’s a collection of horror villains to get you in the mood!
So that’s it for the tag, please feel free to let me know your answers! What are your plans for Halloween?