It’s October, witches! This is, by far, my most favorite time of the year. Seriously, I’d pick a spooky October night over the soft falling snow of Christmas in a heartbeat. Granted it’s been up in the 90s again here the midwest so my festivus hasn’t quite started just yet… But anyway, let’s talk about the books and movies I look forward to watching and reading this time of year. I am one of the first to admit that I like the classics. I have a list of things that I love to watch again and again. Just ask my husband how many times he’s seen all eight seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond. (My parents will be living across the street. That’s right….) But I do branch out occasionally and I’ve made it a goal to add at least one new book and movie to my list. With that said, here’s my 10 recommended favorites for the season:
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Dracula (1897) – By Bram Stoker
I’ve read this one a little early this year. This is the classic that started an era. Dracula is fantastic story told in the form of letters, news articles and journals of individuals encountering the count as he makes his way from Transylvania to England. If you’ve read it before and are looking to delve deeper I can’t recommend Leslie Klinger’s version The New Annotated Dracula enough. He employs a little “gentle fiction” to look at the book from the perspective of a living document. Keep in mind it’s only available in dead tree form and it’s quite a tome.
The Rats in the Walls, The Hound and The Lurking Fear (1922-1923) – By HP Lovecraft
These are technically three short stories but since they’re all by the same author I’m going to loop them into one here. Lovecraft is considered one of the patriarchs of science fiction/horror and these three stories are the spookiest of the bunch (in my mind). Of course, so much of his stuff is excellent that if you have time I’d pick up a collection and read through the whole pile.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) – By Robert Louis Stevenson
Yes, I am partial to the classics and this is another one I recommend. It’s become a horror trope that we all know, but the original is a more interesting look into the concept of transformation and the horror of losing control of one’s self.
The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of the Red Death and The Pit and the Pendulum (1839-1842) – By Edgar Allen Poe
Another set of short stories worth diving into. Edgar Allen is one of the masterminds behind the creepy tale. There are many volumes of his works with one of the famous being the poem the Raven. I recommend trying these tales if you’re looking for a good scare.
Lord of the Flies (1954) – By William Golding
I remember this one from school and thinking “we’re reading this?” Watching a group of kids descend into madness and murder is still one of the most chilling things I’ve read. It’s like Survivor on steroids.
Paranormal Activity Series (2007-2015)
Personally I’m a fan of the found footage style of this series as well as the setting of a normal environment, namely your own home, where things suddenly go to hell…literally.
Saw Series (2004-2017)
I’m actually surprised I found this series addicting. I’m not really into violence. What kept me coming back for the whole sequence was the puzzle element. Everything is so interconnected and I love that as much as wondering how the victims will get out their messes.
The Others (2001)
This movie featuring Nicole Kidman is a well known classic dealing with a small family in a haunted house. This is a psychological thriller for those of you who’ve never seen it so I won’t give away the ending.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
This is probably the least scary of the set but I still find it goes on this list given the vampires and all. It’s got a creepy hot vibe to it and a pretty good story line too.
Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Ah Joss Weeden, how you never cease to surprise us. More of a satirical take on the classic horror story but I rather like that change. It’s got a lot of dark humor laughs in it as well.
Now that you’ve seen my books and movies recommendations tell me what books and movies you recommend in the comments!