Halloween is now one of the most well-known and commercial holidays in the world. Although primarily celebrated in Great Britain and later the United States, year by year this celebration has become ingrained in the cultures of other countries. At its origins, Halloween was a Gaelic and Celtic celebration. It heralded the coming of the New Year. It was believed that spirits roam the Earth during the night of Samhain. So, what better way to celebrate it, than to spend the night with carved pumpkins at your window and reading Halloween books?
Discover below several books that will certainly make the blood freeze in your veins and help you get in the mood of Halloween:
1. Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
There is no better way to start Halloween than by reading some poems by the famous Edgar Allan Poe. The collection from the works of the all-time master of the macabre contains the poem, “The Raven” that present a gloomy man meeting an “ebony bird.” Other famous horror stories can also be found in this volume such as “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Tell-tale Heart.”
2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Another one our list of Halloween Books is Washington Irving’s famous “Legend of the Sleepy Hallow.” The story takes place in Tarry Town, New York, where a superstitious school teacher named Ichabod Crane is chased by a headless horseman who rides “in nightly quest of his [lost] head.” Crane is never seen again and the locals believe he was spirited away by supernatural beings.
3. Dracula by Bram Stocker
You cannot choose anything more classic than ghosts or vampires for Halloween. The best book to set the chill in your bones and give you a taste of classic literature is without a doubt Bram Stocker’s Dracula. It is definitely not for the fainthearted nor for those who prefer modern adaptations of vampires.
What do you think of these Halloween Books? Would you add another to the list?
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