Fortnight of Fright 2013: Halloween/Scary Book Recommendations

Fortnight of Fright Banner

Welcome to our second annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Last year, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again this year and we have a TON of fun Halloween things planned for you!

We’re kicking off the event with some great Halloween and/or scary book recommendations! We’re providing you with some of our own favorite horror, paranormal, and Halloween-feeling books as well as some recommendations from your fellow bloggers!

First up, Emma from Mab is Mab is sharing a wonderful book with us!

Title: Florence and Giles
Author: John Harding
Publication Info: March 4th 2010 by HarperCollins UK
Emma’s Review: Florence and Giles by John Harding

“My Halloween book recommendation is Florence and Giles by John Harding.

I adored this book! It is a ghost story of the classic variety, lavishly gothic and dark although written very recently; there is an old, creaky house, a governess, and some very creepy kids! It builds up such a tense atmosphere, as all good ghost stories do, and the final moments are shocking and brilliant.
Florence and Giles would be great for Halloween as it will keep you up at night, and give you a great tale for telling with a torch shining up at your face!”

Next up, we have a few selections from Pamela at Reading is Fun Again!


Titles: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Illustrator: Stephen Gammell
“These books are collections of stories that are meant to thrill and scare you. These books are great for reading in a group (or all alone). Although these books are normally found in the children’s section of the library, they are still pretty frightening to adults too. As an added bonus, Schwartz has references in the back of the book, so you can learn more about the origins of these tales.”

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Publication Info: First published 1897

“Dracula is not sparkly and loveable. Dracula wants to kill all of your loved ones (and/or turn them into vampires), watch you suffer, and then kill you. This book will make you fear vampires again.”


Title: Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Info: Originally published January 2nd 2008  by Ace Books

“If you prefer your vampires to behave somewhere in between of of Dracula and Edward Cullen, the Sookie Stackhouse books might be up your alley. The supernatural creatures in these books either want to hurt our protagonist Sookie Stackhouse or sleep with her. In the end though, you always know that Sookie is going to triumph over the book’s Big Bad (at least that is what I have been noticing so far, but I have a few more books to go).”

And next up is Candice from The Grown-Up YA!

Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Candice’s Review: Another Little Piece

“This book brings the spooky! Full of twists and turns, mystery and suspense… my heart was RACING at times.”

Title: Texas Gothic
Author: Rosemary Clement Moore
Candice’s Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement More

“This is my go-to book for EVERYTHING, but it especially works for Halloween! Funny, suspenseful, scary, mysterious… it’s full of all the things that make this time of year great!”

Thank you so much to all of our bloggers who gave us some fantastic Halloween recommendations! We’d love to hear what everyone else’s favorite Halloween reads are as well! What books get your heart racing?

Hi, I'm Brittany!
Hi, I'm Brittany!

I'm an avid reader, candle-maker, and audiobook lover! Here you'll find book reviews, fun blog posts, and my other loves of photography & craft beer!

Recently Read

Dead Moon
The Fold
Instant Karma
American Girl
The Recovery Agent
The Harbor
One of Us Is Dead
The Last Thing He Told Me
Hook, Line, and Sinker
It Happened One Summer
The Good Lie

Brittany S.’s favorite books »

3 thoughts on “Fortnight of Fright 2013: Halloween/Scary Book Recommendations

  1. Alexa Y.

    I’m not much for spooky/scary reads, which explains why I haven’t read any of these books! But I am admittedly curious about Florence and Giles (which sounds creepy in a good way) and Dracula (because VAMPIRES). I might just have to steel myself and check them out!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: