The gardening season has really wound down and I have loads more time on my hands (not really). Since I’m not a huge fan of TV (other than my secret vices – Bloomberg and Cooking Shows), what’s a girl to do? Scare the hell out of herself with some classic horror that’s what!
I love to freak myself out at this time of year and always find something to ruin my sleep. So, if you’re like me, after you’re done carving your pumpkin, pick up one of these three scary reads to enhance the All Hallows mood…
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories is a series of ghost stories written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They might be old but they’re still super scary. I checked the closet after reading a couple of them just to be sure nothing was lurking (my crazed cat was in there once – I jumped). There’s also a fabulous maze story called Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance that will pretty much put you off that gardening idea forever – assuming The Shining hasn’t already accomplished that!
Need I say more? I reread Dracula every couple of years. Always a great scare and it’s nice to have a non teenage vampire who really is a bastard and not looking for love.
The first time I read The Woman in Black, I truly couldn’t sleep. Wickedly scary and I highly recommend it. It’s written in 1983 so its the most recent on my list, but it still has that terrifically spooky quality. There’s a movie now too that stars Daniel Radcliffe but I haven’t seen it so I can’t say much other than, always read the book first!
And now for the giveaway, let me scare you and send you a copy of Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories… Just leave a comment and let me know what your favorite scary book or movie is. Also, you need to be an active email subscriber which means if you’re a new subscriber, when you enter your email (it says ‘subscribe’ at the top of the page) you’ll receive an email back that you must click to activate your free subscription. It’s super easy but you can’t win unless you’re active. I’ll run the contest through Tuesday November 3rd and let you know who wins on Wednesday.
As always thanks so much for reading and Happy Halloween!