Halloween and the horror novel

Updated: Jul 27


Halloween is celebrated by so many around the world and some horror fans even celebrate for the entire month of October. I myself am a fan of Halloween and all things spooky. I’ve loved horror movies since I was a kid and then in my teens, after reading my first Stephen King novel, I fell in love with horror fiction. To this day I still love dipping into a horror novel and Stephen King remains one of my favourite writers. Other horror and dark fiction authors who are favourites of mine include Shirley Jackson (We Have Always Lived in the Castle), Mary Shelley, Dan Simmons, Susan Hill, Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby is just chilling), and Edgar Allan Poe. These are just a few. I could go on and on.


In the lead up to Halloween I get all nostalgic for the horror movies of old, especially Halloween itself, Rosemary’s Baby (of course), and Psycho. There’s nothing more unnerving than watching Anthony Perkins portray Norman Bates. During October I also like to dig out a few horror novels from my own library to celebrate the upcoming All Hallows’ Eve, and this year I’m re-reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Misery, and Nightmares and Dreamscapes.


So, to celebrate Halloween, I have a hardcover copy of Nightmares and Dreamscapes in stock and for this month it’s only $5. So, if you haven’t yet read this deliciously dark and unnerving collection of short stories by Stephen King, I highly recommend it.

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