Ten Books to Get Into The Halloween Spirit

Based on a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Books to Get Into The Halloween Spirit

This is subjective and would probably change every year. Figured I'd pick the books I chose to read this month for the RIP VII challenge since those are the books I chose to read for this Halloween 2012.

1.   Complete Stores and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe:  I did this one for RIP VII and Edgar Allan Poe week. Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tone and atmospheric horror is perfect for the Halloween season. Eerie and poetic, the short tales are especially well suited for this darker but fun season.

2.   I am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson: I had always wanted to read this story so thought it sounded perfect. An apocalyptic tale that encompasses isolation to the perfect degree.

3.   Halloweenland by Al Sarrantonio: It's a Halloween themed horror story, needs no other explanation!

4.   Toybox by Al Sarrantonio: Some Creepy short stories for the Halloween spirit and mood.

5.   Dracula by Bram Stoker:  Pure Gothic classic that's ideal for the Halloween season and spirit. While little kids everywhere are dressing up as vampires for trick-or-treating, it's good to remember one of original sources where it all began.

6.   Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Gothic originality complete with the creation of monsters, mad scientists playing God, lightning and foggy weather, old castles falling to ruin, and an air of misunderstood dread.

7.   Fear and Trembling: Rise and Shine by Robert Bloch: Robert Bloch is a talented author and I've simply had this short story anthology on my bookshelf waiting to be read for far too long!

8.   Lord of the Dead by Tom Holland:  A gothic retelling of Lord Byron, this was a fun read for the Halloween season. The third Vampire book for the month!

9.   Deathbringer by Bryan Smith:  Needed a zombie tale for the zombie challenge. This was hit or miss but fits the season well.

10.  Salem's Lot by Stephen King: The infamous King work I hadn't read until now, the subtle eeriness is perfect for a night of chills and Halloween horrors.