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Top 10 best Halloween books

1. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Juniper Eastwood flees for her life after using a magical spell to murder her abusive father. She finds herself in New Salem, a short distance from the burned ruins of Old Salem, where witchcraft was eradicated in America a few centuries before. Juniper is unaware that her two older brothers and sisters also live in New Salem. Agnes, the middle Eastwood sister, works in a cotton mill. She is pregnant and considering abortion. Bella, the eldest sister, works as a college librarian. She is troubled by the loss of her siblings because she and Agnes had to flee their father’s rage but had to leave Juniper behind.

Bella recalls these events while scanning a book of fairy tales on the evening of the spring equinox in 1893. On the last page of the book, there are handwritten verses about wayward sisters and reclaiming what has been lost. Bella sobs as she walks out of the library, remembering her lost family. She finds herself in St. George’s Square, mumbling the verses to herself. Agnes and Juniper have been drawn to the same location, and all three sisters witness the apparition of a black tower that Bella’s random words have summoned. As other onlookers flee in fear, Bella, Agnes, and Juniper realize they have all converged at the same point and have witnessed a magical spell in action.
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2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Stephen King wrote the novel Pet Sematary in 1983. It was adapted into a film in 1989, and a sequel is set to be released in April 2019. The novel is set in semi-rural Ludlow, Maine, a small town where Chicago doctor Louis Creed has recently relocated with his family. Dr. Creed has accepted a position at the university and relocated his family against the wishes of his wife’s parents, with whom he has a strained relationship. The Creeds’ problems begin the moment they set foot on their new property, when Louis’s daughter, Ellie, falls off a swing and scrapes her knee, and their son, Gage, is stung by a bee.

Jud, an elderly roommate, comes to assist, and the two become fast friends, with Louis viewing Jud as a surrogate father. Jud warns the Creeds about the dangerous road they live on and shows them the pet cemetery on their new property; the family’s proximity to death makes Louis’s wife, Rachel, uneasy, because she was tormented as a child by the violent death of her sister, Zelda, from spinal meningitis.
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3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Robert Walton, the captain of a ships traveling for the North Pole, recounts the progress of his dangerous mission to his sister back in England in a series of letters. The mission is initially successful, but it is soon derailed by seas filled with impassable ice. Trapped, Walton meets Victor Frankenstein, who has been travelling across the ice by dog-drawn sledge and is weakened by the cold. Walton takes him aboard ship, helps nurse him back to health, and hears the wonderful story of Frankenstein’s monster.

Victor starts by recounting his childhood in Geneva. Victor enters the University of Ingolstadt to study natural philosophy and chemistry after a blissful childhood spent with Elizabeth Lavenza (his cousin in the 1818 edition, his adopted sister in the 1831 publication) and friend Henry Clerval. There, he is devoured by the desire to discover the secret of life as well as, after many years of research, believes he has discovered it.
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4. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Eleanor Vance is the protagonist of the novel, a painfully naive young woman who has spent the last decade of her life caring for her invalid mother and thus has spent very little time in the “real” world. She also possesses supernatural abilities. In fact, it is her predisposition to the supernatural that endears her to Dr. John Montague, a doctor of philosophy who invites her to join him at Hill House for the summer as he attempts to scientifically prove the existence of the supernatural.
Eleanor accepts, despite her sister and brother-in-objections. law’s She steals their car and travels alone to Hill House. There, she meets Dr. Montague, Theodora, another young woman with a paranormal bent, and Luke Sanderson.

The book The Haunting of Hill House follows four strangers who all come to Hill House, which has long been rumoured to be haunted, under the supervision of Dr. Montague, who hopes to scientifically prove the existence of the supernatural. Throughout the summer, the house proves to be extremely haunted. It’s terrifying on both a supernatural and psychological level, and it’s an absolute must-read for any horror fan.
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5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

An assassin known as “man Jack” breaks into a house at night and murders a man, his wife, and their daughter with a knife. He looks for the fourth family member, a toddler, but he has vanished into the night. The boy arrives at a graveyard at the top of a hill, where he is greeted by the ghost of a long-dead woman, Mrs. Owens. The ghosts of the murdered family appear and beg her to protect the boy from the assassin, who has followed the boy’s scent up to the cemetery. Mrs. Owens and her husband agree to keep an eye on the child. Silas, a tall, mysterious, shadowy figure, meets man Jack and makes him forget about the boy in the graveyard. The assassin is lost.

The ghosts convene; the Owenses volunteer to be the boy’s parents, and Silas volunteer groups to be his guardian. The debate lasts for hours till the Lady on the Grey, a ghostly queen on horses, arrives and suggests they practise charity. The residents of the graveyard immediately agree that their community will protect and raise the boy. Nobody Owens is his given name.
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6. The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

A monster is born in a world of evilness and cruelty. Long ago, magicians split the entire planet exposed and tainted the sea, giving birth to Elendhaven. A city of industry sprang up around the destruction, only to be consumed by it over time. Elendhaven is dying, fitfully and painfully, when the monster is born (or, more accurately, has become aware of its existence). There is plenty of room for monster men and small boys with a taste for body. Johann is the name of the monster. Johann learns about power as he grows, how to take it from someone and how to keep someone else from trying to take it from you. He learns to kill and discovers that he appears to enjoy the act of killing. He was a “Thing with Power,” and Things with Power live on.

But he isn’t the only powerful Thing in Elendhaven. Florian Leickenbloom, the beautiful, delicate, and magical Florian, conceals a true nature as bleak and black as the foetid waters lapping the toxic city’s shores. With Halloween approaching, now is the ideal time to pick up a new scary novella. But it shouldn’t be limited to one gothic-soaked season. Good horror demands attention at any time of year, and The Monster of Elendhaven is no exception. No, it’s better than average. It’s absolutely fantastic.
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7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

In the context of a comical ghost story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tells the story of Ichabod Crane as well as his hapless attempt to win the soul and hand of Katrina Van Tassel. Ichabod arrives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, from his home state of Connecticut, to serve as the village’s schoolmaster. Sleepy Hollow is a small, very peaceful area that is said to be cursed. Its inhabitants appear to move more slowly, daydream more, and be more inclined to believe in the supernatural. Sleepy Hollow has more than its fair share of paranormal events, or at least stories of them, perhaps because of this, or perhaps because its residents are almost entirely dropped from its original Dutch settlers.

The Headless Horseman, said to be a Hessian soldier who lost his skull to a fire cracker during the Revolutionary War, is Sleepy Hollow’s most famous supernatural phenomenon. The Horseman is most frequently seen riding by the church, where local historians believe he was buried. He is said to be constantly looking for his head. Ichabod is fascinated by this story, as he is particularly interested (and prone to believing) in supernatural stories.

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8. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

On October 23, the story will premiere in Green Town, Illinois. Jim Nightshade and William Holloway, best friends approaching the age of 14, are thrilled to learn that a carnival is coming to town. The carnival is unusually late in the year, but William’s father, Charles, the well-read and philosophical town librarian, has reservations.

The boys go to the carnival the next day and have to help their former teacher, Miss Foley, out of the Mirror Maze when she starts panicking. Later, Jim needs assistance getting out of the Mirror Maze. William begins to share his father’s reservations about the carnival, but Jim insists on returning that night, despite his previous experience.

When the boys return that evening, they find themselves near a broken-down carousel. They come across two men named Mr. Cooger and Mr. Dark, the carnival’s tattooed Illustrated Man. Mr. Dark appears to be only interested in Jim, who is enthralled by the carousel. The boys are finally told to leave, which they do while hiding in the bushes. They observe Mr. Cooger getting on the carousel and riding it backwards. He is twelve years old when he gets off. They then pursue Mr. Cooger to Miss Foley’s house, where he claims to be her nephew who became disoriented at the carnival.
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9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

In the course of her research, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly summons a bewitched alchemical manuscript deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Diana, descended from an old and differentiated line of witches, wants nothing to do with sorcery, so she tosses the book into the stacks after a quick glance and a few notes. But her discovery awakens the fantastical underworld, and a swarm of daemons, witches, and vampires descends on the library. Diana has discovered a coveted treasure that has been lost for centuries—and she is the only creature capable of breaking its spell.

Deborah Harkness’ debut novel is a mesmerizing and addictive read that is equal parts history and magic, romantic and suspense. Diana is a fearless heroine who meets her match in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont and gradually warms up to him as their bond deepens into an intimacy that defies age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story is reminiscent of Anne Rice’s novels, but it is as modern and sensual as the Twilight series—with a dash of historical realism thrown in for good measure.
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10. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Ninth Necromancer requires the services of a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some filthy magazines, and no time for undead nonsense. Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse after being raised by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons. She gathers her sword, shoes, and dirty magazines and prepares to make her daring escape. But her childhood foe won’t let her go unless she does something for him.

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Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and master bone witch, has been summoned. The Emperor has summoned the heirs of his loyal Houses to a deadly contest of wits and skill. Harrowhark will become an ageless, all-powerful servant of the Revival if she succeeds, but no sorcerer can ascend without their cavalier. Harrow will fail without Gideon’s sword, and the Ninth House will perish.
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