Halloween is the perfect time of year to read some classic novels, mystery, thriller and horror!! And with halloween being celebrated a little differently this year its a great time to delve into some other realities!.
Some great Halloween reads include;
Dracula by Bram Stoker. (You have probably dressed up at Dracula at some point but have you ever read the book?)
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (another classic that should be on your tbr list!)
Monsters by Sharon Doger (a book based on the life of the above author Shelley, check out th)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (A popular series of the same name was based on this novel)
The Shining by Stephen King (or the majority of Stephen Kings books)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (a dark fantasy childrens novella)
The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (A gothic novella)
The Witches by Roald Dahl (Childrens fantasy novel)
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Horror novel with a film of the same name)
Any of these books are a great choice and can be classed as classics or popular fiction. I would say that even if you don;t have/want to read these options any horror, mystery or crime books isn’t a bad choice!
Have a great halloween and stay safe !
Many thanks, Caitlin x
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Monsters follows the story of Mary Shelley and how this young woman who defies tradition and society and her experiences which created the most famous monster of all.
Having just finished this book I have mixed opinions of it. I liked the story it told and the characters being based on real people however it seemed too long and during the book I lost interest. I did regain this interest but I feel as though it could have been condensed ever so slightly.
This may be a completely personal thing and I get that every individual has different thoughts so I would recommend this book but only if you have determination and interest in the people of the book.
However, I did like this book as the characters were so developed throughout. I knew nothing of the people in the book before reading and therefore I learned everything with it. I got to know these characters and what drove. A need to be as revolutionary and determined as her mother. I found Mary to be very inspirational. She defied being the traditional woman of the time who got married off to a man. Claire learning to want to be herself and admiring Mary’s passion is also inspirational. She learned to become herself rather than another version of Mary.
The book shared a lot of Mary’s various experiences and opinions of society which all helped her to create one of the most famous monsters of all. Her determination to be as good and famous as her mother and leaving something more than rumours in her legacy. To create something that she would be remembered for.
I would recommend this book but make sure you have the focus. It is a good book but do be prepared for it too seem long at places.
Many thanks, Caitlin X
(PS please feel free to comment your opinion if the book or anything else !)
I don’t generally like horror books but seeing as it is Halloween here is a list of horror Films that were actually based off of a novel.
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black has had two films made of the same names. The first was released in 1989 with a remake being released in 2012. The novel was written by Susan Hill in 1983 and was written in the traditional gothic style.
The introduction of Count Dracula began with Bram Stokers novel Dracula which was released in 1897. It follows the journey of Count Dracula as he moves from Transylvania to England to search for new blood. Due to this being released there has since been masses of interpretations of the book and the characters throughout films and TV.
The first Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1818 and there has since been multiple films, plays and books written based upon this novel. There were further novels written on this with Dean Koontz Frankenstein (5 novels) being released in 2004.
The 2002 film, the Ring, was a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film , Ring, which was based upon a novel of the same name by Japanese author Koji Suzuki. It follows a reporter who investigated the mysterious deaths of 4 teenagers. It is set in modern Japan.
The Wickerman films were based upon a 1967 novel by David Pinner named Ritual. It follows an English police officer who investigates the ritualistic killing of a local child.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment any additions to the list you have or if you have any horror recommendations)