“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”

This week’s Top Ten from the Broke and the Bookish is your top ten books to read during Halloween?

Well,  I’m not sure I have ten so I thought I’d break this down into five reads that I’ve actually read and five I would like to read:

Okay, from the title you may have guessed (No.1):


  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker – I love this book.  Good old fashioned gothic horror
  2. The Shining by Stephen King – just read this and frankly it gave me the heebie jeebies
  3. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – such a great, creepy, spooky, compelling story
  5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson with the ever so strange and maybe a little bit sinister Merricat

Want to read:

  1. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  2. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – I think I might be too scared to read this one
  4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewsk – I really want to read this but think it could be one of those books that takes quite a while!  It’s huge!
  5. At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft

Do you like things that go bump in the night?

13 Responses to ““Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!””

  1. buecherphilosophin

    Great list! I’ve been wanting to read “The Shining” for some time now but, guess what, I’m scared… My Dad told me things about it that I don’t dare repeating – something about creepy twins and a boy on a tricycle. Or maybe that’s just in the movie?
    I’ve read “On writing” and King confesses to a massive cocaine addiction while writing the novel – does that show?

    Lindqvist and Easton Ellis are novels I’m also looking forward to. Both are on my TBR pile. If you beat me to them I’m curious to read what you think.

    Cheers, Kat 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      The Shining is great and I would never have known about King’s addiction from the storytelling. He includes a lot of detail and build up and the creepy parts – yep, really scary. Yes the little boy is in the story. I’m not sure about the twins – I know that the original caretaker had daughters but now I stop to think I can’t remember if they were twins or not.

      I’m really looking forward to Lindqvist. I’ll have to keep a look out to see if you review it first.
      Lynn 😀

  2. cherylmahoney

    Nope, I hate things that go bump in the night, especially if I’ve just been watching or reading a scary Halloween story! So it probably won’t surprise you that, of your list, I’ve only read Dracula…though I liked that one!

    • lynnsbooks

      I don’t suppose Dracula was really scary but it definitely feels like a great Halloween read and very gothic!
      Lynn 😀

      • cherylmahoney

        I didn’t find Dracula scary either…although my friend who read it alone at midnight disagrees!

  3. Genki Jason

    I read Dracula for university. I really enjoyed it.

    House of Leaves is really good. Great concept and gripping story. It didn’t end the way I expected it either.
    At the Mountains of Madness is good. Great atmosphere. I still prefer Lovecraft’s other stories but this one is a great entry into his fiction. Read this and tell me what you think of the Eldren’s ruins in Lynch’s work then.

    • lynnsbooks

      Hah, interesting thought about Lovecraft and the Eldren’s ruins – now I’m going to have to read it sooner rather than later.
      I’ve heard good things about House of Leaves – although it’s a huge book and part of me feels daunted just looking at it!
      Lynn 😀

  4. TBM

    How funny, I spied my copy of American Psycho and briefly considered reading it but have the same fear.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s on my list though so I’ll have to pick it up eventually! I’m just a bit scared. Nice to know I’m not the only one though.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Great choices. I particularly enjoyed Something Wicked This Way Comes and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I would also include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to this list.

    • lynnsbooks

      I know, I really thought about putting Frankenstein on there as well. When I started I didn’t think I would actuall be able to make a list of 10 but in actual fact I probably could have because I also had The Ring and Strangers!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Priya

    I agree with your read list, except We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which I haven’t read but I want to. For me, American Psycho was more disgusting than outright scary! At the Mountains of Madness is very Lovecraft-ey creepy of course. I wouldn’t dare to read Rosemary’s Baby, I think I might be too scared to read it, after the movie!

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