I don’t like to be scared–not really. A little suspense is fine, but no outright horror, please. Here are a few of my seasonal favorites:
*Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. WITCHES. That’s all you need.
*The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. It’s not a popular view, but I really, really dislike Ichabod Crane. I always root for the Horseman…and I’m very glad Katrina ends up with Brom. (That’s not a spoiler since the book has been out for almost 200 years.)
*The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The ultimate ghost story–a classic for all the right reasons.
*Poems: Haunted and Bewitched (Everyman) I adore the Everyman editions of poetry, and this one is full of delectable things.
*House of Spirits and Whispers by Annie Wilder. This one is a memoir which is utterly terrifying if you think about it too much. Wilder purchased a large, sprawling mansion in disrepair–you know where this is going, right? HAUNTED. I started rereading it last year and had to put it away again. I might manage another chapter this year…
*The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Honestly, you could just as easily sub in We Have Always Lived At The Castle. There’s no bad Shirley Jackson. I included Hill House because it is legitimately SPOOKY. In addition to being a beautifully crafted piece of fiction, it creeps the bejeesus out of me. What more can you ask?