It is that time of the year, when Halloween is coming and the weather looks naturally spooky. It is a perfect time to read horror stories. So here is a little list of books/reading I recommend:
-Anything you can find by M.R. James. I now consider him the master of horror, over any modern or ancient author. he is brilliant in depicting the supernatural emerging from mundane life. I particularly recommend Canon Alberic's Scrapbook, Count Magnus and Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad.
-The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories. Again, you will find great reads there. I blogged about it before. It has a few famous and less famous authors, and lesser known works from famous authors. If like me you suffer from musophobia, I recommend The Judge's House by Bram Stoker, which also shows what I think is a prototype of Dracula. And there are many other great stories, like The Phantom Coach, The Upper Berth, Man-Size in Marble (which is actually set on Halloween night). The Red Room (H.G. Wells wrote this one, proving that he did not only master sci-fi), A Story of Don Juan (not the scariest, but a fascinating twist on the mythical character) and so many others.
-This book. If you can read French, read it. It can accompany you all year round.
-The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories. Pretty complete anthology. It has some old classics (bits of Varney, the complete Carmilla) and some forgotten little gems, like School for the Unspeakable.
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