We have officially begun my favorite part of the year! CELEBRATE!!!
October – early January is my ABSOLUTE favorite time of the year. The weather is cooler, there are loads of holidays to celebrate in that time, and it all starts now. October is the perfect way to kick off my favorite time of the year because it’s a month dedicated to all things horror, spooky, fall and pumpkin-y. I get so excited whenever this time of year rolls around.
This year, to get me into the Halloween spirit I’m going to be reading classic horror novels all month long. While I love a good horror read, there are some staples to the genre that I’ve just never experience. I’m hoping to remedy that this month. While there are some new horror releases I’m looking to read (namely this one), I really want to give a lot of love to classic horror this month. Here are the stories on my list:
HP Lovecraft stories: Call of Cthulu and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Cthulu is everywhere in geek culture these days, and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never read a thing about him. Not only have I never read anything on Cthulu, but I’ve never read Lovecraft period. I definitely plan to remedy that this October.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
How have I gotten this far in life without reading Dracula? I have no idea. I’ve seen ALL the movies on vampires and several Dracula film adaptations, but I’ve never actually read the book. I’m righting that wrong this October, kids.
Turn of the Screw by Henry James
While I’ve read most of this one, I’ve never truly finished it. Plus, I started reading this one during my time as a nanny, so I don’t feel like I was ever able to read it very carefully since any reading time was often interrupted by kiddos needing me for something. However, it’s probably good that I wasn’t reading it super intensely, as the book is about a governess (which is essentially an old-timey nanny) who is dealing with ghosts at her job.
Edgar Allen Poe Stories: The Pit and the Pendulum and The Telltale Heart
I love Poe, and I’ve never read Pit and the Pendulum before, so I’d love to add a new Poe story to my life. I’ve most definitely read Telltale Heart before, but I just love it so much that I have to read it again. I might also re-read his poem “The Raven”. It isn’t particularly “horror”, more gothic and…generally unsettling, but I love it so much.
What are you reading this October? What are some of your favorite horror classics? Let me know in the comments!