2020 has been quite a year, one so weird that it’s changed life as we know it in ways we could never have imagined. Dating – and everything else – is more digital than ever before. Holiday options have dwindled. Proper nights out have become non-existent. Masks are mandatory. Frankly, it’s been terrifying. But, with Halloween approaching, what could be more appropriate? Not that the nature of 2020 makes it easy to celebrate anything in a conventional way. Parties, after all, are literally forbidden. And even if you do find some organised fun outside of a private residence, it’ll be over once the clock strikes 10. So what should you do? In times like these, staying in might be a wise decision. Home has hearty meals (if you can be bothered), it has Netflix and it has comfortable clothes – it’s a wonderful place. If you’re looking to do something particularly spooky, however, we suggest devouring one of these horror books by light of a single candle. If you’d rather devour them from a screen, all have been adapted into films – some several times. Happy Halloween!
Read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and you’ll be doomed to spend forever saying “‘Frankenstein’ actually refers to the man who created the monster, not the monster itself” – it’s worth it though. Buy it here.
Beyond shocking in its descriptions of violence, American Psycho is perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing novels ever written. Buy it here.
Incredibly relevant for the Instagram age, The Picture of Dorian Gray depicts the more horrifying consequences of being gorgeous and doing whatever you want. Buy it here.
Rebecca reveals just how much a partner’s ex-partner can really ruin your relationship – even beyond the grave. Buy it here.
Despite the supernatural occurrences in its plot, it’s the human element of The Haunting of Hill House that makes Shirley Jackon’s novel so terrifying. Buy it here.
While not ostensibly horrific in its genre, 1984 is scary – if that doesn’t denote a horror book, what does? Buy it here.
This list would be incomplete without something from Stephen King on it, and It is particularly menacing. Buy it here.