7 Classic Halloween Reads

πŸŽƒHappy Halloween, friends.πŸŽƒ

Halloween is here and wondering what you should indulge in? Here’s a list I curated just for you. Whether you are a horror lover or otherwise, these darlings will not fail you, and keep you glued to the page just the right bit. Now, some of these are beginner level horror, so wait before you jump on me and say, “Ahh! This list is a bore!”, because I’ve tried to have a good blend for everyone who hits this post.

Let’s get started!

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In a small American town, the local residents are abuzz with excitement and nervousness when they wake on the morning of the twenty-seventh of June. Everything has been prepared for the town’s annual traditionβ€”a lottery in which every family must participate, and no one wants to win.

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A boy who can predict the exact date a person will die… An elderly woman who knows that death is close, but learns how to cheat it… A child with a dangerous friend who happens to be invisible… A ghost who can’t stop reliving his suicide over and over again… People you’ll wish you never have to meet, and stories you’ll never forget. Skilfully translated into English for the very first time, these chilling tales from master storyteller Ratnakar Matkari are bound to keep readers of all ages up at night. With every page you turn, you’ll be looking over your shoulder to make sure no one’s there. Look again. Maybe there is! 

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In Ruskin Bond’s stories, ghosts, jinns, witchesβ€”and the occasional monsterβ€”are as real as the people he writes about. This collection brings together all of his tales of the paranormal, opening with the unforgettable, β€˜A Face in the Dark’ and ending with the shockingly macabre, β€˜Night of the Millennium’. Featuring thrilling situations and strange beings, a Face in the Dark and Other Hauntings is the perfect collection to have by your bedside when the moon is up.

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You have a person in your life who you are not very fond of but cant avoid having this person in your life. You carry it along as baggage until one day the person disappears as a stroke of luck. But what happens if there is an object that reminds you of this person at every point in time, intruding into your physical and mental world. How long will it take for you to go insane ? This is what is explored in this tale, it is a darkly comic tale of loss and of one person’s effort to find a space in the life of her partner.

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In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their dream home, the same home where Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers and sisters just one year earlier. The psychic phenomena that followed created the most terrifying experience the Lutz family had ever encountered, forcing them to flee the house in 28 days, convinced that it was possessed by evil spirits.

Their fantastic story, never before disclosed in full detail, makes for an unforgettable book with all the shocks and gripping suspense of The Exorcist, The Omen or Rosemary’s Baby, but with one vital difference…the story is true.

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An entire town that was abandoned overnight
A fort that fell to ruins due to a curse
Mines where twenty thousand miners were trapped and perished
A village where black magic is a way of life
A fair where exorcisms are performed in public
Such are the locations dotting the colourful paranormal map of India. Intrepid adventurers and regular tourists alike have often dared to visit these places to experience for themselves their fascinating lure, and to see if ghosts truly haunt these regions. However, those who have ventured there have often returned with more questions than answers-if at all they have returned.
Haunted chronicles the real-life adventures of paranormal investigator Jay Alani in ten of the spookiest locations in India.

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When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son-and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly car. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth-more terrifying than death itself-and hideously more powerful. The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better.

Here’s a video link of the same.

Have you read these books? What are some of your favorite Halloween novels. Share your titles in comments below.

Happy reading till we meet next. Until then, carpe diem! 

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