Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and the bookish. This weeks topic is a rewind. Since I’ve missed so many I’ve decided to go with a theme. Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to prepare for one of my favourite holidays, Halloween. I love scary reads, but I don’t just read them during Halloween, they’re especially fun at this time of year though, when the nights are getting longer and the days so much shorter. Curling up in the chair with a cup of tea and creepy book is just perfect.
I had a hard time coming up with books/authors, really anything new for this topic. There are a lot of really good authors out there but they’re the classic authors, they’re King and Poe, or Bradbury and Wilde. So instead of just picking authors I found lists on Goodreads that really look interesting from the horror/creepy perspective they have a nice assortment of books that will whet anyone’s appetite and for those looking for something fun to watch on Halloween, I’ve included five lists from Imdb that show promise. Plus one of my own. Enjoy!
1) The Best books to read for Halloween So this list is one of the biggest at 213 books and has the mosts votes at 207. It’s three pages of horror, scares, and creepfest fun. There are a bunch I’ve never read on this list and some old classics that I can’t wait to read again. So far The Replacement, The Canterville Ghost, and Hell House have all been added to my TBR list.
2) Bring on the Creepy 200 books and 69 votes this is another interesting list of creep and fear inducing novels. There’s little overlap that I can see between the lists, a few notable exceptions such as the Haunting of Hill House and Hell House made both lists. I think you’re going to be happily surprised and will find a few from this treasury that didn’t hit the other lists.
3) The Best Halloween Books These books are ones that either take place around Halloween or are about Halloween. This list includes some non fiction about history of Halloween and it’s rituals, and some truly odd ones like The Hunger Games. I don’t remember that really taking place during Halloween although it might have been set during a harvest. I suppose the whole notion of reaping suggests late fall.
4) Killer Ghost Stories These are the stories you tell around a campfire. A small list there’s only 26 books here but the subject matter is very particular. They have to be ghost tales, creepy supernatural tales that keep you awake at night for fear of the ghost that lives in your basement. Can’t wait!
5) Awesome Halloween Stories for YA readers 15 books all creepy from classics such as H.P Lovecraft to more modern fare such Coraline, there’s something here for everyone. There are a few I can’t wait to read.
Now onto the Movies!
1) Best of, Halloween There are 100 movies on this list and I’ve seen most of them. If you like to be scared have a gander and look through. I would suggest the classics to start with then work your way through some of the more recent horrorfests.
2) 18 Horror Films in 6 Nights That’s a lot of horror to watch. Check out this list not because the picks are unique but for the creator’s descriptions and ratings choice.
3) 50 Films for Halloween This makes the cut because the it includes the original movies and not the remakes (which in most cases suck with few exceptions) It also has a couple of newer movies that are actually pretty good.
4) Best Horror Film by Fear Genre read this guys list! It’s pure genius. He’s broken down some of my favourite movies into their genres. Read his choices and try and pick some of your own.
5) Must-See Horror List Read this list! and watch the movies! Seriously just watch them I know I am!
And to cap off this list for now. My Halloween playlist.