Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Themed Freebie


This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Halloween Themed Freebie

*I've never been a big fan of horror books or things of that nature, so this week was a little difficult for me. So in addition to the ones that I've actually read, this list is also a compilation of stories set during Halloween or are scary reads (they have an * at the beginning) 
P.S.: most of these have a film adaptation for those who like to watch their scary instead of reading it

1. Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House: I actually had to read this one for Forms of Fiction. Reading it was difficult, but I found the audiobook and was able to listen to it instead. Totally different experience and I ended up loving it. Haven't seen the movie, but I've been told the newer one departs from the book a lot.

2. Stephen King's The Shining: okay...anything by Stephen King really other than On Writing (which is an awesome book. If you're a writer who hasn't read it, read it ASAP. It'll change your life)

*3. Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby

4. Bram Stoker's Dracula: We had to read this for Film and Prose Fiction...but I didn't end up reading this, but caught the Keanu Reeves version...so if you like to laugh instead of being scared, this adaptation is for you!

*5. Jay Anson's The Amityville Horror 

6. Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: we read this in middle school in the read while listening to the audio on cassette tape (I'm showing my age here, aren't I?) I remember more about the fact that this was the first time we had done something like this and I realized that listening and reading at the same time helped with my reading retention more than I do about the story itself. Sorry. Totally unrelated to the task at hand *focus Alana focus*

7. Anything by Edgar Allen Poe: we read Poe in middle school at around Halloween time and then went on a field trip where they adapted five one-act plays from Poe stories which I loved...one of the only ones who loved it, but I loved it.

*8. Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire 

9. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: not sure if this Halloweenesque, but it sure scared the crap out of me when I read it for the first time.

10. Henry James's The Turn of the Screw: this one was creepy to listen to...which was probably the point, but yeah. This may be the scariest thing I've ever read, not that that's saying much or anything.

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  1. I'm not into the horror genre either but I do love a good Poe story :) My TTT

  2. I just rewatched The Shining yesterday! :)

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