31 Days of Fall and Halloween: Day 16: Halloween Reads!

31 Days of Fall and HalloweenThe other day I covered some of our favorite children’s Halloween stories. Today I’m going more to the scary/spooky side of things for adults and maybe older kids. ;) All of these books are in my collection and I’ve read most of them numerous times.

Scary Stories – this set holds 3 volumes of classic spooky stories. We’ve had this set for years and it’s well worn, my kids have gotten a kick out of scaring their friends with stories and I’ve had fun reading them to the kids – although, there aren’t many stories that are good for kids under the age of 8, maybe. The stories include classic ghost stories and scary stories told around campfires and at slumber parties for years.

For example, the story of the girl followed home by the driver who keeps flashing his lights in her rear window – only to find that a deranged man was hiding in her backseat with a knife and the guy following her was flashing his lights every time the would-be killer would start to lean over the front seat. Or the creepy poems that build and build with suspense and allow the reader to shout “BOO!” or “Now, I’m coming to get YOU!!!!” at his/her listeners.

The Little Book of True Ghost Stories by Echo Bodine. A psychic who has been hunting ghosts for 40 years, Bodine shares her story of how she became a ghost buster along with the stories of ghosts, hauntings, and possessions she encountered along the way. Whether you believe or not, it’s a fun read and perfect for this time of year.

I Try Not To Drive Past Cemeteries by Evelyn David. Available only as an ebook, I stumbled across the Brianna Sullivan mysteries a few weeks ago and I was hooked. This series is a collection of quick reads starring psychic detective Brianna Sullivan whose RV breaks down in a little town in Oklahoma. Funny, fast paced, with clean endings – it’s not Pride and Prejudice, but it’s not meant to be either.

Haunted Heartland by Scott & Norman. True ghost stories from America’s mid-west. It’s a thick book, full of ghost stories collected from this area of America, it’s a fun read.

The Ghosts of Williamsburg by L.B. Taylor, Jr. A very short collection of hauntings in and around Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I’ve been a huge fan of Ms.Rice for years and I follow her on Facebook as well. She’s brilliant, witty, charming and her books are so rich and vibrant that decadent would be an understatement. Ms.Rice is a writer from a time before vampires sparkled and every girl in high school wanted to date them. While she is well know for her Interview with the Vampire (another series I love) this classic about the history of the Mayfair Witches is the first book in a trilogy about the Mayfair family. I can’t say enough about this book, it’s one of my all time favorites.