Halloween is right around the corner, and so, as we put the fear of midterms behind us, we need something else to keep us in the spooky spirit. What better way to celebrate this season than by curling up with a book that transports you into a world of vampires, witches or monsters of the human variety? Here is a list of the top five books to fill your Halloweekend.
- Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
You know what’s better than reading Dracula? Reading the sapphic story that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula (and it’s significantly shorter, too). Carmilla centres around a female vampire and her most favoured victim, Laura. The friendship and lust that grows between the two only increases as Laura’s state weakens. Dun dun duuun.
- The Ex-Hex by Erin Sterling
Looking for a light-hearted contemporary romance that will still satiate your Halloween fix? The Ex Hex is a witchy rom-com that demonstrates why we should’t drink and do magic. Think Hocus Pocus but way sexier.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Has this Gothic Horror classic been haunting your reading list for ages? Now is the time to pick it up and discover the story of a haunted attic, a curious governess and a dark and brooding widower.
- The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
This is the one to fuel your dark-academia aesthetic for the fall. Discover the story of a mysterious murder at Cambridge University and the woman who goes to great lengths to prove the culprit — the beloved Professor Fosca. Dark academia, murder and a cult — need I say more?
- Misery by Stephen King
What’s a Halloween reading list without one from the King of Horror himself? Annie Wilkes is truly the blueprint for stan behaviour, not only nursing her favourite author back to health after an accident—but holding him hostage, too.