Hyped for Halloween Book Tag

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I’m officially on half-term from university and teaching, and you know what that means? That it’s going to be Halloween soon! I’m so hyped for Halloween, so this tag is perfect! I found this tag on the blog https://modernwitchsbookshelf.wordpress.com/ and it looked like a lot of fun! So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

What book gave you the creeps? For this, I’ve gone with the adult horror short story 1408 by Stephen King, that is featured in the Goes to the Movies collection. This short story follows an author who investigates allegedly haunted houses and buildings, trying to debunk the myths and legends. One day he stays at room 1408 in a New York City hotel, where he begins to experience the strangest things… I was thoroughly freaked out by this when I first read it several years ago, and it still creeps me out to this day. Stephen King once said, that horror stories don’t have to work on the gag reflex, but on the nerves too. And how right he was!

stephen king goes to the movies

What book gives you the best Halloween vibes? Well… I’m currently reading the classic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s so atmospheric and Gothic that I’m definitely getting spooky vibes – it was definitely the perfect choice to read this month! For those of you who aren’t aware of the story, or its multiple adaptations, this follows lawyer Jonathan Harker who journeys to Transylvania to advise Count Dracula on a London property. Once there, he experiences unnatural things and tries to return to London. Only to discover Dracula is already there, and a battle of good and evil will be waged…

dracula

What’s your favourite vampire book? For this, I’ve chosen Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. This is a Gothic horror novel, which I believe is for adults – although I read it as a teen. Anne Rice’s debut novel follows Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire, who decides to tell the story of his life to a young reporter. This is a pretty famous book and has become a bit of a cult classic. It has also been adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt in the role of Louis! I remember loving this book so much that I did an assessment on it at university… And yes, I wore a vampire themed shirt to do the presentation in!

interview with the vampire.jpg

What book scared you so much you had to sleep with the light on? When I read and reviewed Night Film by Marisha Pessl in June, I was very unnerved, and couldn’t drop off into sleep for a long while. I then experienced sleep paralysis, which definitely scared me even more. And the worst thing was, I wasn’t even fifty pages into the book! Night Film follows journalist Scott McGrath as he tries to unearth the mystery of Ashley Cordova, daughter of cult filmmaker Stanislas Cordova… This is more psychological thriller than horror, but it’s definitely a book I would recommend!

night film

What’s your favourite book about witches/goblins/ghosts/demons? A book I have fond memories of from childhood is The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, which is the first book in the Wardstone Chronicles series. This is a children’s book, or a YA series, I can’t quite remember, and for that I’m sorry! This follows Thomas Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is apprenticed to a local Spook. He will have to exorcise ghosts, contain witches, bind boggarts and so much more! And then he is tricked into freeing the most evil witch in the County… I loved this as a child, and I still need to finish the series!

spooks app

What book do you wish was scarier than it was? For this, I’ve chosen To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This is a YA fantasy, which follows a siren princess who is sentenced to life as a human, without her song, unless she can kill the siren hunting prince… I heard this was a dark story, with haunting vibes and that it was scary, but I didn’t get any of these vibes at all. I was so disappointed and I just wish it was so much darker.

to kill a kingdom

What’s your favourite book that takes place in October? One of my favourite Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels by Laurell K. Hamilton, is the third in the series – Circus of the Damned. In this instalment, a powerful ancient vampire comes to St Louis, intent on making Anita his human servant… This is set in October and even features a date at a Halloween party! It was also the first book in the series that I read, so there’s fond memories associated with it too.

circus.jpg

So that’s it for the tag, I had so much fun doing this! What are your plans for Halloween? I’m planning on going to a local pub over the weekend before (in costume, of course) to see a cover band!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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