Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky Things to Read and Watch

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween


To watch or read, huh? Hmm.

  1. The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer as I have already talked about in my review of it.
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Of course this isn’t the delicious chills you get but a full blown horror about the reality of it. *shudder* I’m just saying.
  3. The Grudge, the Japanese version. *shiver*
  4. Shutter, the 2004 Thai movie. Let’s just say you won’t sleep at night for a week after the experience.
  5. Stephen King‘s books. Most of them. They scare me silly.


Watching or reading! Interesting…

  1. The Diviner’s by Libba Bray – because of the whistling….
  2. The Shining either the Stephen King novel or the Kubric film, both a great, they are each different in their own respects and they each have such a creepy tone to them… That music…. that narrator…
  3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, a recent read of mind which I quite enjoyed. These are not your pocket monsters, or your Edward vampires, these monsters really will eat you… and there is lots of blood and delicious descriptions of … well the scary misty setting and the gore.
  4. Coraline by Neil himself, I’m a fan of Neil, but also this is just one of my favourite stories to read (and I do recommend the read rather than the watch). I don’t think it’s the Other Mother, who is meant to be scary that is the scariest thing in this book, the twins with their dogs, the circus of rats, the skittering hand, the misty lawn… it’s just great.
  5. It’s a toss up between watching Scooby Doo and the 7 Ghosts which is a classic series of very Halloween oriented episodes, or reading John Bellairs, who is not necessarily scary but whose characters are just so delightfully normal and frightenable under the strangest of circumstances. 🙂


  1. Chapel Noir and Castle Rouge by Carole Nelson Douglas. (More on the series to which these two belong next week!) Jack the Ripper didn’t stop his gruesome business in Whitechapel, England. Dead women – horribly rearranged dead women – are left on display in Paris, France…
  2. I don’t recall the title, but the author was Barbara Michaels, aka Elizabeth Peters (real name: Barbara Mertz) and it scared me badly. There was a house owned by an aunt who loved crafts, and a bunch of possibly sinister locals.
  3. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson. [Possible spoilers] The event near the end of the story hit me hard, because it is so plausible and so senseless. There is no reason that it should happen, but it does all the time.
  4. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. You need a strong stomach to read the gore in this one (Gerritsen is an MD). Plus the creep factor, both for the baddie and for the historical medical awfulness.
  5. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Ghosts and halloween fit together, right?
  6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Ten people, lured and trapped on an island by a murderer. And there may more than one killer among them.


  1. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco: Because of the reasons I mention here.
  2. Rabbit Ears by Maggie de VriesDead Girls by Nancy Lee: Because real life is scary and if it weren’t for writers like de Vries and Lee, the women who were murdered by Pickton would forever be faceless victims.
  3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: I don’t know where to begin with how awesomely spooky Carroll, but I know where you should begin: here.
  4. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman: His creepiest collection of short stories, in my opinion. In addition to which, you must listen to this one.
  5. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier: I recommend this one come every Halloween. I will never stop. You can’t make me stop. So, *creepy whispering* reeeadddd ittttt!