With less than a week until Halloween, my reading has been skewing heavily towards ghost stories… with one surprise discovery. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Julie Kagawa, The Iron King.
How did I not discover this book before? It’s the amalgamation of all the folk-lore based fantasy novels I read in my youth, featuring warring faerie courts and a half-mortal girl pulled into the middle of it all. It was quite definitely a stay up half the night read.
— Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House.
It’s Halloween reading time! Every year, I re-read Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House. Is it a ghost story? Is it a non-paranormal portrait of an individual’s descent into madness? Either way, it still gives me chills.
— John Harwood, The Ghost Writer.
This modern/Victorian hybrid scared me silly last year. Now that I know the plot twists, I didn’t have to sleep with the lights on this time, but it’s still fairly creeptastic and very well written. The juxtaposition of modern narrative and Victorian ghost stories provides a two-in-one feel. Also recommended: The Seance.
— Barbara Michaels, Here I Stay.
An old favorite, featuring a woman who inherits a (haunted?) house and turns it into a bed and breakfast.
— Barbara Michaels, Stitches in Time.
Once you pop, you can’t stop– or something like that. Another well-beloved Barbara Michaels, in this case involving a grad student and a haunted quilt.
What have you been reading?