I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Halloween, for the same reason that darkness gives me the heebie-jeebies. A day devoted to scary stuff is not quite up my alley. But after living in the US - and now being engaged to an American - it's become more difficult for me to avoid.
Thankfully, there is one way I don't mind celebrating and that's with a good book. I scare so easy that I've never made it in to the Stephen King variety, but hand me a good gothic novel and I'm ready to go. One of my all-time favourites is Bram Stoker's fantastic Dracula.
It's interesting to think that, historically, humans have always had a penchant for freaking themselves out. Go back to the 1800s and you find some of the greatest spooky literature in existence. Have you dipped into any of Charles Dickens' ghost stories? If not, you must! Despite the muppets' fantastic marketing ability, A Christmas Carol is not, in fact, the only ghostly tale that Dickens authored. The Victorians had a crazy love for all things freaky. When I worked in Knebworth House, one of my favourite stories was about gothic novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton, who would host seances for his friends with the resident medium.
So what books, historical or otherwise, are on your list this Halloween?
Wishing you all a fantastically spooky (or, if that's not your thing, a super quiet) day!