Top 5 Halloween Reads (And Cocktail Suggestions)

It’s that time again!

Seriously guys, Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. Hands down. Those of you who know me in real life already know this. I’ve been planning my Halloween costume since spring. I practically knock people out of my way to the get to the Halloween decorations as soon as they hit stores. There are certainly Halloween decorations I keep out all year. I have a tattoo with a haunted house and a graveyard. Halloween is life.

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So it should come as no shock that I have certain books that are particularly great for Halloween. Surprisingly, I don’t read that much horror. I like it, I just don’t pick it up all that often. So, my list is sort of light on actual horror titles. (There is always next year….)

World War Z (Max Brooks)

I’m not normally all that into zombie books or movies, but for this particular book (not movie, ugh) I make an exception. It is very well written and for me, the scary can be found in just how real some of the scenes are. It makes it seem like a zombie take over is totally possible (reality: it’s not terribly likely). All in all, a great book.

Cocktail: Zombie brain shots. Just kidding. Don’t drink that. Ew. Instead, try a Zombie. Sounds much tastier, and less like something you’d drink at a frat party on a dare.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Alvin Schwartz)

This was without a doubt the definitive scary story book series of my generation. The stories themselves are pretty creepy, but they are actually outshined by the absolutely horrifying Stephen Gammell illustrations. The books have been redone with a new illustrator, but you are doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t find a copy of this book with the original Gammell artwork. Here is a great article with a few of the nightmarish illustrations for you.  One of my all time favorites.

Cocktail: A Mind Eraser, to erase away those illustrations so you can sleep peacefully at night again.

A Discovery of Witches (Deborah Harkness)

This is the first book in The All Souls trilogy. It’s not scary at all, but considering it’s full of witches, vampires and daemons, I think it still fits the seasonal requirements. The series is a little bit paranormal, a little historical and a little romance. A great series to curl up with on a crisp fall night.

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Cocktail: A Vampire’s Kiss Martini. Appropriate, really, for any of your books with a dreamy vampire protagonist.

‘Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)

This is a spectacularly scary book and really proves why Stephen King is such a master. If you like your vampires pure evil and blood sucking, this is a book for you. If you enjoy it, there are also a few short stories that revisit the town in King’s Night Shift. Never read Stephen King before? This is a great place to start!

Cocktail: A Vampire. Obviously. Not only does it sounds tasty, it would be a great, creepy addition to a Halloween get together.

Anything Edgar Allan Poe

People still read Edgar Allan Poe for a reason. He’s awesome. I’ve loved his dark poems and stories since I was a kid. The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, just a few of the many Poe poems and stories that would be great to break out for the Halloween season.

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Cocktail: If sherry is your thing, how bout a nice Amontillado? If not, try a Raven or a Masque of the Red Death.

Reading anything special for Halloween? Leave a comment! My TBR list can always use a few more! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!