I’ve been hoping to start something of a series here on my blog where I recommend a certain type of book and encourage you all to recommend some in return. Seeing as we are fast approaching Halloween, it seemed the perfect opportunity to kick things off by recommending some creepy books to get us all in the spooky spirit.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline follows a young girl who, upon going through a mysterious door in her home that has always remained locked, discovers a bizarre and disturbing alternate version of her own life. There are lots of great characters in this book, notably the cat, the ‘other mother’ and of course the plucky and resourceful Coraline herself.
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
This is a series of abstract poems and sparse short stories accompanied by beautifully weird illustrations. It felt to me like getting to steal a glance inside Burton’s sketch book or journal and if you know his work, you will know to expect the unexpected with a good dash of creepiness.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This is a graphic novel comprised of several short stories. The artwork is vivid, bold and immersive. It wasn’t so much the stories themselves that stuck with me as it was the fantastic atmosphere that Carroll created throughout.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
This is a short story often cited as a feminist text that follows the disturbing mental decline of an intelligent woman confined to a single room by her husband and doctor, who feel it is inappropriate that a woman should wish to write. It has an important message about supressing creativity but is also just unsettling in its own right.
I’ll leave it there for now but as I said, I’d love to make this a collaborative feature so by all means recommend some of your favourite creepy reads in the comments. Happy reading!