The Broke and the Bookish is either the Top Ten Books/Movies to get you in a Halloween mood or Top Ten Characters to Dress Up As. Now since I don't read much fantasy or sci-fi my book characters either dress modern day or 19th century and while I love my characters a hoop skirt for Halloween just isn't happening!
So here are the Top Ten Books (and 2 movies) I'll be reaching for to get me all nice and spooky feeling!
This is a subtly creepy book. If you go in expecting a horror story I think you'll be disappointed but it's definitely got some eerie creepiness. Listen to the audio if you get a chance!
2. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
I haven't actually read this book but J and I saw it in play form. Going in we were thinking how scary can a local theater play be? Answer? Really really scary!
3. The Blue Dahlia and the rest of the In the Garden series by Nora Roberts
This is a somewhat darker trilogy from Roberts' with a really creepy ghost.
4. Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
I love this classic ghost story from Barbara Michaels. It's just spooky enough and I love the history mixed in.
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
You can't have a spooky book list with out mentioning Rebecca. Mrs. Danvers anyone? That scene where the main character runs into Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca's old room gives me goosebumps!
I expected some creepiness since this is by the author of Rebecca and this is a story that inspired Hitchcock's movie of the same name. This is seriously creepy though! I haven't been quite comfortable seeing a flock of birds since reading this one.
7. The Crying Child by Barbara Michaels
Another Barbara Michaels and another ghost story though this features a secluded island in Maine, 2 women yearning for different things and the eerie call of a child in the night.
8. The Ghost Hunter's series by Victoria Laurie -
This is definitely a little sillier than the previous books but they're still a lot of fun. MJ and her sidekicks explore some creepy locations and take on an assortment of ghosts.
9. The Shining -
This is on my list of Stephen King books to try when I get up the courage. As for now both movie forms I've seen (the Jack Nicholson movie and a mini-series) have definitely made me look over my shoulder and avoid dark hallways!
10. The Amityville Horror - I actually really enjoyed the newer version with Ryan Reynolds though of course the original is good too.