Halloween Reads

Happy All Hallows’ Eve, everyone!  As well as posting a review of Marina Warner’s most recent fairy tale book, I thought that I would make a list of the books which I plan to read over Halloween and the coming weekend.

1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
“There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.”

Carving by Hugh McMahon

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
“When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?”

3. Terror Town by Marcus Sedgwick
“Terror Town is Trouble with a capital T. What will happen to our intrepid trio (that includes Rat) when the Tears of the Moon are taken, and Terrible Tim and the Trolls are on their trail? There are tempers (Elf Girl’s), tests (for Raven Boy), tunes (the Singing Sword’s), oh and Zombies, with a capital Z, too. If you love Lemony Snicket, Araminta Spook or the Spiderwick Chronicles, you’ll love Elf Girl and Raven Boy’s hilarious adventures.”

4. There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbour’s Baby by Lyudmila Petrushevskaya
“The literary event of Halloween: a book of otherworldly power from Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer Vanishings and aparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia–or anywhere else in the world–today.”

5. The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse
“A wonderfully atmospheric collection of stories from one of our most captivating writers, inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France. These tales are richly populated by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge; by grief-stricken women and haunted men coming to terms with their destiny – all rooted deep in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc.”


Which books are you planning to read for Halloween?  How are you marking the day?

2 thoughts on “Halloween Reads

  1. Hi Kirsty! I read The Graveyard Book for a children’s literature class in college and I really liked it! I also found it interesting that Gaiman actually based it on The Jungle Book. Are his other books really good as well? I am also interested in the Kate Mosse book. I enjoyed Labryinth and Sepulchre a lot! I usually read my Halloween books throughout October and this year I read Hangsaman as we already discussed and I also read Frankenstein which I really loved! Sincerely, Nora

    • Oh, wonderful! I had no idea that he’d based it upon ‘The Jungle Book’ – how fascinating! I really like ‘Coraline’, but was a little disappointed with ‘Stardust’. His short story collections are great though! 🙂 I liked the Kate Mosse, but not enough to buy my own copy of it. That’s wonderful! I think I shall have to read ‘Labyrinth’ now on your recommendation. Oh, fabulous! I’m so glad you loved ‘Frankenstein’ too! 😀

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