Welcome to day 21 of Horror Month! Today I have the wonderful Sofi Croft on my blog with her top 5 halloween books!
Sofi Croft is the author of Eidolon, a story about a boy who is moved from a young offenders prison to a hospital for the mentally ill because he sees and talks to his dead sister. Things at the hospital are not what they seem, and it becomes increasingly difficult to determine what is real, and what is illusion
1. The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt
I buy a new spooky book every year for Halloween, and this is my treat this year. It’s my current read and I’m absolutely loving it.
A boy rushes to catch a train and realises too late it’s the wrong one. He gets off at the next station to an empty platform. But then a stranger arrives and starts telling him stories to pass the time …
This is a book of stories within a story, and each one is fantastically spine tingling. A brilliant Halloween treat.
2. The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison
I recently read this with my pre-teen children, and we all thought it was fantastic. It’s certainly dark and spooky enough to thrill readers of any age.
One day Alice goes missing. When her brother Midge sets out to find her he comes across characters from one of her unfinished stories come to life; including Tabitha (a talking cat), Gypsy (a girl who looks almost exactly like Alice), and Dorothy Grimes (an utterly terrifying serial killer).
The Other Alice is a captivating story, beautifully told, and the parts involving Dorothy are perfect for chilling the blood on Halloween.
3. Darkmere by Helen Maslin
This book spooked me last Halloween and has stayed with me ever since.
It contains two narratives, and both are utterly absorbing. One follows Elinor, a nineteenth century bride, and the other Kate, a modern day teen off for a summer partying at a friend’s castle.
The story is perfect for Halloween; a haunted castle, a curse, dark and gothic, but with a brilliant modern feel.
4. Under My Skin by Juno Dawson
This is another book I read last year, but has stayed with me. I think of it almost every time I see a tattoo, and when I do it still spooks me.
Sally Feather is convinced by the owner of a tattoo parlour to get a tattoo of Molly Sue, a sexy pin up girl. Things get creepy when she starts hearing Molly Sue’s voice in her head, and even creepier when Molly Sue starts taking over her body. I loved this book for lots of reasons, but especially for the character of Molly Sue who is just fabulous. And the story is certain to make your skin tingle over Halloween.
5. Stores from The Edge by Savita Kalhan, Keren David, Sara Grant, Miriam Halahmy, Dave Cousins, Paula Rawsthorne, Katie Dale, and Bryony Pearce
I’ve just bought this short story collection as another Halloween treat. I mean, look at the list of amazing British authors all contributing to this collection.
The stories cover the perils of online chatrooms, doping in sports, racism and terrorism, gender and self esteem issues, love, life and death. They are frightening, funny, and honest takes on modern life. A great collection to introduce you to a whole bunch of fabulous British authors, and make you think about a range of issues over Halloween.
Paul is in trouble - moved from a young offenders' prison to a hospital for the mentally ill because he sees and talks to his dead sister. He knows she's real. And she has something important to say. The doctors' methods are painful and disturbing. As the treatments build up, Paul is increasingly confused about what is real and who he can trust. But he is not the only patient - not the only one who hears voices that seem connected to strange and inexplicable powers. When some of his friends are transferred to the mysterious Ty Eidolon, Paul becomes suspicious that they are destined for a sinister fate. As his grip on reality weakens, Paul must make a decision - whether to escape alone or help the others escape with him into an uncertain and dangerous future.
Indigo lives in the Lake District, and spends his time exploring the mountains he loves. An unexpected parcel arrives containing a first aid kit inside his grandfather's satchel. Indigo's curiosity is raised as he looks through his grandfather's notebook to discover drawings of mythical creatures. Strange things begin to happen and Indigo finds himself treating an injured magpie-cat, curing a cockatrice of its death-darting gaze, and defending a dragon. Indigo realises he must uncover the secrets his family have kept hidden, and travels alone to the Polish mountains to search for his grandfather and the truth. Danger looms as events spiral out of control, and Indigo needs to make choices that change him, his world, and his future forever...
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