Five on Friday: Spooky Reads

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With Halloween, just around the corner, it’s time  for some spooky readings to haunt and taunt you! Some of you may know that I have a major soft spot for Gothic literature, so I loved putting together this list! If you have any recommendations for frightening reads, please leave them in the comments – I’m always looking for something a little unsettling to add to my TBR!

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Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

This gothic novella is often claimed as an influence on Bram Stoker’s infamous Dracula and certainly has a haunted charm of its own. It tells the tale of Laura, a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, and her mysterious companion Carmilla. It’s a short read but an enticing one and I recommend it to everyone I meet.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I read this a few years ago now but it’s still burnt into my mind. It’s another shorter work but looks at ideas of madness and female oppression as a young woman grows obsessed with the wallpaper in the room she is resting in. It’s downright creepy- what else do you want in a Halloween read?

La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats

This might be one of my favourite poems ever. It’s beautiful, and haunting, and the perfect read for a cosy Autumn night. It might not be the creepiest read on the list, but it’s definitely unsettling.

1984 by George Orwell

If it’s unsettling rather than scary that you fancy, you can’t do much better than the heavyweight of dystopian literature. While it might not be spooky, it’s certainly frightening and will crop up in your dreams for months to come. Forget monsters, sometimes the scariest thing out there is humans.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter 

For fans of blood, gore and downright weird, this collection of short stories is for you. Many of them are re-tellings of fairy tales, though they are barely recognisable after Carter’s touch. These are powerful, disturbing and definitely not for the faint hearted.

Kelly x

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