Eerie Reads

November 3, 2021 | No Comments

This past October, I recommended some eerie books––one per day, in the hope of getting everyone in a heebie-jeebie frame of mind, and distract us from the dire news cycle. Here is the complete list, plus a few bonus suggestions (because, you know, too many books and not enough days of the month).

  1. Rizzio by Denis Mina
  2. The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
  3. Every Day is Mother’s Day and Vacant Possession by Hillary Mantel
  4. Grimoire: New Scottish Folk Tales by Robin Robertson
  5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  6. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  7. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  8. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
  9. The Butcher Boy by Patrick McGrath
  10. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
  11. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  12. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  13. Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesey
  14. The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
  15. Cracks by Sheila Kohler
  16. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Echo
  17. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  18. The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
  19. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
  20. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson
  21. Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor
  22. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  23. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
  24. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  25. Dreaming Frankenstein and Collected Poems by Liz Lochhead
  26. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  27. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  28. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  29. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  30. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
  31. Dracula by Bram Stoker

And some bonus suggestions, in no particular order: The Goth Girl books by Chris Riddell, His Bloody Project by Graham Macrae Burnett, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd, An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge, The Collector by John Fowles, The End of Alice by A. M. Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale, A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell, The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan, The Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark, The People’s Act of Love by James Meek …


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