Lost in the Stacks: Halloween Special

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Lost in the Stacks Welcome to the seventh entry in our blog series 'Lost in the Stacks' - recommendations by Dublin City Libraries staff exploring overlooked gems and helping you find your next read!

Our entry today comes from Jessica and looks at some of the best books to read this Halloween!

Halloween Reads

What better way to get into the mood for the spooky season by enjoying one of these scary reads! From traditional horror stories to gruesome graphic novels to delicately balanced fiction that leaves one with a creeping sense of unease, we have something for everyone.

If you'd like to borrow any of the books discussed below, simply click on the book cover or title to be taken to the reserves page, where you'll need your library card and PIN to request the book.

1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

A delightful gothic novel about the complicated family life of sisters Constance and Merricat Blackwood. Constance has just been acquitted of murdering their family, but Merricat does not hold it against her. Gold-digging Uncle Charles, however, with his designs on the family fortune, is another matter. A fantastic witch’s brew of the weird and horrifying with nary an actual ghost to be seen.

2. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

This is a book that has redefined the well-trodden haunted house trope of horror fiction. The story is told through a series of ‘found’ documents purporting to be a record of a mysterious film called ‘The Navidson Record’ and is a truly eerie read. For maximum chills read it on your own in the small hours of the night in a house that makes weird noises and tell yourself that it is just the house ‘settling’. Hmmm.

3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

An unsettling set of five macabre short stories in graphic novel form. Each one is creepy in its own way; the artwork is fantastic, with each story having its own distinctive style and colour palette. Darkly enchanting.

4. Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley

Devil's Day

John Pentecost returns to the family farm in Lancashire with his new wife. An isolated rural community, quaint local folk customs and sinister annual rituals to keep the Devil at bay – what could possibly go wrong? Everything. The tension and unease builds and smoulders gradually but inexorably as the story progresses and contains just the right amount of ambiguity to give the reader chills.

5. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black

On a bleak moor, down an isolated causeway, the young solicitor Arthur Kipp encounters a chilling presence in Eel Marsh House. Both a pastiche of the traditional Victorian ghost story and a genuinely spine tingling read, this short novel is a perfect Halloween book.

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