Spooky Stories for Halloween

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Category: Reading

Halloween may be mostly for the kiddies now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all get into the spirit with some ghostly tales for all ages. Beware the things that go bump in the night!

Ghostly Tales and Sinister Stories of Old Edinburgh, Alan J. Wilson: Explore Edinburgh’s bloody history with this book of over a hundred tales of ghosts, witch burnings, and body-snatching.

Dracula, Bram Stoker: One of the original sexy vampires, though this one didn’t sparkle. His sinister home is said to be inspired by New Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire.

White Crow, Marcus Sedgwick: The lives of three very different characters intertwine in a creepy, crumbling seaside town.

Halloween, Robert Burns: The poet of the people paid homage to the spooky holiday and some of its rituals all the way back in 1785. It’s just as good a read now as it was then.

The Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe: A master of the spine-tingling, skin-crawling tale, Poe gave many of us nightmares featuring pendulums in pits, red death masques, and ravens crowing ‘nevermore!’

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, Chris Priestley: A boy gets more than he bargained for during his visits to his storytelling uncle.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson: There’s a monster in all of us, though some aren’t quite so good at keeping theirs hidden. Robert Louis Stevenson’s dream of ‘a fine bogey-tale’ became one of the most famous monster tales of all time.

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James: A sinister house, strange children, ghosts and a mystery--what  more could you want from a Halloween tale?

Scottish Ghost Stories, Selected by Rosemary Gray: Scotland has a rich history of supernatural tales, and many of its greatest writers have written ghost stories. This book includes works by John Buchan, Sir Walter Scott and Margaret Oliphant, amongst others, carrying readers from highlands to lowlands, from damp city wynds to crumbling castles in over 30 hair-raising tales.  

Happy Halloween!