This is more just a countdown of serial killers and creepy clowns, but sure, we can keep the title.
I’m definitely one of those people that would rather read about killer clowns in a Stephen King novel, than step outside my house on Halloween and see a clown trying to throw himself down the drain so he can feast.
My First spooky read of October, is obviously going to be IT. The book was long winded, and there was a lot to comprehend, but the developmenet of the characters was phenomenal, even Pennywise. As far as favourite characters go, I definitely warmed to Richie, and my heart went out to poor old Stan (if you’ve read the book, you know why).
The movie was great too, although it was very hit and miss with the book, because the past and present were combined, where as it focused on Derry and the kids the whole way through. There were many great moments that made me laugh, and many that made me jump, as a whole, Pennywise made me very, very uncomfortable and even cry a little, but I have a childhood fear of clowns, being chased by one as a seven year old gives you some bad memories, that’s for sure.
Second, we have A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. This book isn’t scary in the sense that you will jump or cringe from discomfort, but it’s such a moving book, and I always find it hard to condense my love for this book, because it is a masterpiece of fiction, so please, just read it. As far as books go, this is the only one that has ever made me cry, and I promise the story will stay with you forever.
A lot of people associate Halloween with Harry Potter, and I’m not quite sure why, but Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite to read and watch in October. If this particular movie didn’t have the pumpkin patch that Buckbeak was supposed to be removed in and Lupin as a werewolf, I wouldn’t associate any of the Harry Potter books or movies with Halloween at all.
Possibly my favourite thriller of the year, and easily one of my favourite reads ever, we have Friend Request by Laura Marshall. I’ve spoken about this book before so many times, but if you enjoy modern psychological thrillers, or even a touch of paranormal, you will love this book, and you will love the characters, and feel personally attacked when you find out who did it.
Keeping to the theme of psychological thrillers, we have Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright. Admittedly, I had to read this twice because it was a little confusing the first time, I think it might have been the way it was written as a novel being read by someone, but once I wrapped my head around it, it was a good book, full of thrilling moments and a lot of suspense. The movie though..hm.
And lastly we have The Cellar by Natasha Preston. Holy Cheese did this book keep me intrigued. Sixteen year old Summer is kidnapped, and along with other girls kept hostage and treated like a member of the kidnappers family, in a less than caring way.
The Cellar tells a story of kidnapping, abuse, and murder all through delving into the killer’s humanity and mental health, leaving you emotionally affected, and questioning the reasons people do what they do to others. This book has a lot of criticism from people that are too close minded to see the story as anything other than a man with mommy issues and a white van, but if they were given the chance to write a better recount of events, it would probably just be used as a coaster for my tea.
I do not suggest reading these types of books if you are sensitive towards very real, very damaging topics, as they do have a lasting effect, and the last thing I want to have done with my book suggestions is scare or damage anyone. If you have any suggestions of books that I should read, I would love to hear them!