Halloween 2017: Ghostly Reads

Halloween 2017: Ghostly Reads

Come Halloween there is always plenty going on for outgoing families and thrill seekers of all ages looking for an exciting day out, but for many, there is nothing better than escaping the commercial Halloween hustle and bustle and curling up on the sofa with a good book.

Stuck for the perfect Halloween read? Not to worry. We have selected a handful of recently published reads to help ease you in to the Halloween spirit!


By Andrew Michael Hurley

John Murray | 304 pages

What better way to kick off this feature than with Devil’s Day, the anticipated second novel from Costa First Novel Award-winner, Andrew Michael Hurley.

An eerie, unsettling follow-up to The Loney, Devil’s Day is another slow-burning, observant and carefully crafted tale of remote rural life, once again unfolding in a bleak isolated community, and driven by a chilling atmosphere that unwittingly creeps up on the reader.

Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep down from the moors for the winter. Very little changes in the Endlands, but this year, his grandfather – the Gaffer – has died and John’s new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time.

Each year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper, but also through the remembrance of tales and timeless communal rituals, which keep the sheep safe from the Devil. But as the farmers of the Endlands bury the Gaffer, and prepare to gather the sheep, they begin to wonder whether they’ve let the Devil in after all . . .

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By Laura Purcell

Raven Books | 384 pages

Inspired by the chilling stories of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill, Laura Purcell uses the familiar setting of a crumbling country mansion as the playground for The Silent Companions, her first foray into the ghost story genre that proves a dark, creepy and hugely atmospheric work of full blown gothic horror.

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

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By William Peter Blatty

Illustrated by Jeremy Caniglia

The Folio Society | 368 pages

Dedicated to the memory of William Peter Blatty who passed away at the beginning of this year, The Folio Society’s stunning new edition of the author’s landmark psychological horror is surely one of the year’s most essential literary releases, and the perfect choice for a chilling read this Halloween.

Inspired by the real-life exorcism of a child in the 1940s, The Exorcist is the shocking tale of a young girl thought possessed, and the small group of determined individuals who race against time to save her.

As they battle the growing malevolence inside 11-year-old Regan McNeil, each character must confront their own self-doubt: manifestations of darkness as real as those consuming the mind and body of Regan.

Chief among these is Father Karras, the troubled Jesuit priest plagued by a crisis of faith, now locked in an infernal battle of wits with Regan’s tormentor. To win, he must choose between science and the catechism, and decide if the horror growing inside Regan is a product of her mind or part of a war an eternity in the making, between good and absolute evil … or is the true reckoning still to come?

The Folio Society edition of The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com.


By Kate Clanchy, Stuart Evers, Mark Haddon, Andrew Michael Hurley, Sarah Perry, Max Porter, Kamila Shamsie, Jeanette Winterson

September Publishing (English Heritage) | 224 pages

In the winter of 2016, eight leading UK authors were given free after hours roam at an English Heritage site of the choosing as inspiration for this brilliant collection of new ghost stories.

Released just in time for Halloween, the collection brings together eight short works of unsettling, supernatural fiction – all steeped in immersive local history – ranging from psychological terror to the supernatural and shocking alternative history.

 With a foreword by Andrew Martin and fascinating background detail on English Heritage sites and their supernatural legacies, this is an ideal choice to savour as the nights draw in.

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By Nic Compton

Adlard Coles (Bloomsbury) | 288 pages

Not strictly a Halloween title, but utterly spooky nonetheless, Nic Compton’s brilliant new non-fiction release proves a powerful and fascinating exploration of the long and unusual history of madness at sea.

The stories of men and women going mad at sea are not just myth and legend. In 23 chapters Compton takes an immersive, in-depth look at all the familiar old wives tales, alongside chilling real-life cases of hallucinations, spirits, voices, and more.

Confined in a small space for months on end, subject to ship’s discipline and living on limited food supplies, many sailors of old lost their minds – and no wonder. Many still do. So serious was the problem that the Royal Navy’s own physician claimed sailors were seven times more likely to go mad than the rest of the population.

Historic figures such as Christopher Columbus, George Vancouver, Fletcher Christian (leader of the munity of the Bounty) and Robert FitzRoy (founder of the Met Office) have all had their sanity questioned.

More recently, sailors in today’s round-the-world races often experience disturbing hallucinations, including seeing elephants floating in the sea and strangers taking the helm, or suffer complete psychological breakdown, like Donald Crowhurst. Others become hypnotised by the sea and jump to their deaths.

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