Book Bites

My Recipe for: Books About Ghosts, Ghouls and Gothic Mansions

I don’t know why, but the books that truly creep me out are always more haunting when they’re a bit ancient. Perhaps it’s the idea of the cobwebs, candlelit corners, and shadowy places all  with characters in period clothing that gives me the heebie jeebies. Enjoy some old school scary stories, courtesy of yours truly!


Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier

Our heroine barely knows her new husband, and finds herself haunted by the phantoms of his first wife. The staff of Manderly, her creepy new mansion home, is completely devoted to the deceased woman. Manderly is littered with odd reminders of the woman like creepy untouched rooms, clothes laid out and “waiting” for the deceased wife. And a shadowy husband that is reluctant to talk of anything regarding his beautiful and charming first wife.

This book feels a bit modern than Jane Eyre, and seems to be more fast-paced than Wuthering Heights. But, if you’re into the genre, it’s a must-read. I read this book ages ago, but I recently acquired the Alfred Hitchcock movie version, and I can’t wait to watch it!

You’ll like this if: you want to curl up in front of a window with a chilly book to curl your toes.

Quote: “If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Heartbeats hiding under floorboards. Eyes following you in the night. Ghosts mysteriously flitting in and out of rooms. Quoth the Raven, nevermore! If you want to up the creepiness factor, get an audiobook of Edgar Allen Poe to play over the screams, ghouls, and weird laughs soundtrack you picked up for your Halloween party (Here’s a link to some free ones courtesy of USF’s lit2go program).

I know you’re going to read these poems, and get some of Mr. Poe’s famous words stuck in your head. And, that’s definitely part of the fun! This collection is beautifully bound, and a great companion to any Halloween decorations you have hanging up (It’s certainly dressing up my glittery purple light-up pumpkin). Plus, with a free audiobook (linked above), you really can’t pass it up!

You’ll like this if: you want a dash of old school creepiness to encourage your Halloween spirit.

Quote: “And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”— here I opened wide the door; —
Darkness there, and nothing more.”

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