Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Top 5 Books to Keep You Awake at Night

Helen Boyle, our commissioning fiction editor, runs through her top five scary reads that are perfect for getting you in the spooky mood for Halloween:

Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish
Old house, boy with asthma, spirit trying to tell him something - properly creepy with a great spooky atmosphere and brilliant cover!

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
A classic horror story of devils, possessed children and strange goings on. It's completely understated in the horror but a masterclass in building up a sense of menace and tension - totally terrifying.

Chris Priestley's Tales of Terror series
Collections of strange, spooky, short stories cleverly tied together with an overarching narrative. These are not ones to read on your own at night!

The Small Hand by Susan Hill
Atmospheric, truly creepy and brilliant - this little ghost story packs a scary punch. It completely spooked me once on a late-night train journey.

Ferryman by Claire McFall
Ok, so you'll have to wait til April next year for this debut YA, but it's worth the wait. Teenager Dylan must put her trust in a strange boy to guide her through a terrifying wraith-infested wasteland.

Let us know your thoughts, how would your list compare?

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