- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield This gothic suspene story is punctuated by frequent hot cocoa breaks. Equal parts cozy and creepy, it combines Wuthering Heights and Emily of New Moon.
- Tales of the Macabre by Daphne du Maurier This collection of short stories is a fabulous introduction to du Maurier’s poetic style. Make sure your copy includes “The Birds”—be prepared to board up your windows and never leave your house again.
- The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morely I just started reading this and am delighted. It is a hilarious ode to bookstores and booksellers. Fittingly, I unashamedly bought this right of the “to be read” stack of a secondhand bookseller. I hope it is comforting to him to know that I am enjoying it heartily.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte This one is so much more than required high school reading. I am convinced it would make a tremendous opera, and know that it was influential in the writing of the other books on my spooky season lists.
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux The musical is a classic, but don’t miss out on the original book! I wept melodramatically over this book when I first read it. Written as a detective story, this French novel is thrilling, chilling, and tragically human.
- The Complete Father Brown Mysteries by G.K. Chesterton An amiable priest solving murders, Chesterton’s classic wit, and a touch of theology—what’s not to love? Perfect for a tea break, these short stories are a sheer delight.
- The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers This one could be considered either a Halloween or a Christmas story. I binge-read this one last Thanksgiving. Packed with English tradition, wit, and a terrific mystery, this is one of my favorite by Sayers.
Seven More Books for Spooky Season
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