Halloweens are incomplete without a horrifying tale. So what if you don’t have the perfect monster costume, you have a wide variety of book monsters to chose from!So, get your most comfortable pillow and get ready to celebrate Halloween – PepperScript style!
1) The Shining by Stephen King:
No list of spooky reads is complete without Stephen King. He is the absolute king of horror and “The Shining” is his magnum opus. Danny is only five years old but has a gift or the curse of being a “shiner” i.e he has the ability to see the future and understand the hidden thoughts of another’s heart. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control. This book will make all your childhood fears come back alive! Word of Caution to all the readers: Don’t turn off the lights while reading!
2)This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee-
If you love Frankenstein, Steampunk genre, sibling rivalry, clock work men and good books- You are going to absolutely love this one! Set in Geneva, it is a classic YA re-telling of Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly. It revolves around two siblings, one of whom dies and is brought back by the other- using clockwork pieces! But the resurrection doesn’t go as planned and the brother returns more as a monster than a man.Absolutely perfect for this Halloween! Available on Kindle and hardcopy both!
3) The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R Carey:
When you first pick up this book, you think: ” Okay, so this girl might have some super-human powers”. But, you are wrong. This book is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover or even it’s blurb for that matter. “Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair.” The blurb never gives out what this book is actually about. One word. Zombies. A fascinating read for all age groups!
4) Song of Kali by Dan Simmons:
Song of Kali recounts the horrifying events of an American publisher, Robert Luczak, sent to India to pick up a manuscript. The manuscript is supposed to be the latest work of a famous poet who disappeared years earlier and is presumed dead. However, upon his arrival in Calcutta, Luczak is rapidly drawn into a bizarre series of events that lead him into contact with the cult of Kali, goddess of death, and the plot to unleash this demon-goddess upon the earth. This book ain’t for the faint hearted. It makes you squirm as much as it horrifies you. Perfect ( horrifying ) October read for all Indian having had celebrated Navratri!
5) Dracula by Bram Stoker :
Well, before Twilight romanticized the idea of vampires for us, they were scary. Bone-chilling scary. Why not remind us of this fact again by reading Dracula? The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the curse of the undead. Remember, vampires are supposed to be blood Thirsty, soul sucking monsters, not your next boyfriend!!