It’s October, and that means Halloween is approaching! When I was a kid I focused my energy on trading candy with my friends, but more recently I’ve been reading spooky books in order to get into the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This classic of horror literature invites its readers to explore the distinction between the living and the dead, and to ask what truly makes us human.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Vampires have often boomed in popularity throughout the years, but take a look back at the novel that started it all!
  • The Shining by Stephen King. The movie is great, but the book is even better! You’ll shiver as you experience firsthand the horrors of the Overlook Hotel.
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. This short read packs a punch! Witness a Victorian scientist’s descent into madness and transformation into a monster.
  • “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. Be haunted by tales about the guilt of a murderer and the downfall of a family, as written by one of the masters of horror.

These are just a couple of my favorite spooky stories. What do you like to read to get in the mood for Halloween?