Hallowe'en Reading List

Just a few books I can recommend for the moderately dysfunctional intellectual. If you are looking to get in a gothic state of mind... keep in mind Hallowe'en is not synonymous with slasher-type horror in October Country. Hallowe'en in this world is about the dark side, the macabre, where mischief and mayhem lurk in the shadows and something wicked sits just at the edge of the flickering light that is our fragile lives - a wickedness that may cause the flame to sputter now and again.

Witches are not always ugly. Horror is not always blood red. Fear is not always cowardice. Monsters do not always lurk in dark closets and under the bed. Hitchcock said, There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Such is the criteria for reading in this neck of the woods, not just at Hallowe'en but 365 days a year.



Literature and Fiction
A
The Lacanshire Witches - William Harrison Ainsworth
B
The Silver Wolf - Alice Borchardt
Night of the Wolf - Alice Borchardt
The Wolf King - Alice Borchardt
The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston
From the Dust Returned - Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
The Homecoming - Ray Bradbury
C
The Vampire Tapestry - Susie McKee Charnas
The Blood Countess - Andrei Codresku
The Devil Never Sleeps - Andrei Codresku
D
House of Leaves - Mark Z Danielewski
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
Angels of Destruction - Keith Donohue
The Boy who Drew Monsters - Keith Donohue
The Motion of Puppets - Keith Donohue
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
F
A Mirror for Witches - Esther Forbes
Crimson Dawn - Neal Forsling
G
The Gashlycrumb Tinies - Edward Gorey
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
H
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
Fortune's Daughter - Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
Witching Time - Lee Bennett Hopkins
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
I
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
J
Witches - Erica Jong
K
The Burning Times - Jean Kalogrides
The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
L
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
The Best Of... - H.P. Lovecraft
M
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
The Alchemist's Daughter - Katherine McMahon
The Crucible - Arthur Miller
Secret History of the Witches - Louisa Morgan
The Last Witchfinder - James Morrow
Season of the Witch - Natasha Mostert
N
Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger
P
Complete Tales and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
R
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
The Tail of the Body Thief - Anne Rice
Memnoch the Devil - Anne Rice
The Vampire Armand - Anne Rice
Merrick - Anne Rice
Blood and Gold - Anne Rice
Blackwood Farm - Anne Rice
Blood Canticle - Anne Rice
Prince Lestat - Anne Rice
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis - Anne Rice
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
Lasher - Anne Rice
Taltos - Anne Rice
The Feast of All Saints - Anne Rice
Cry to Heaven - Anne Rice
Servant of the Bones - Anne Rice
The Mummy - Anne Rice
Violin - Anne Rice
Ramses the Damned, The Passion of Cleopatra - Anne Rice/Christopher Rice
The Wolf Gift - Anne Rice
The Wolves of Midwinter - Anne Rice
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs
The Club Dumas - Arturo Pérez-Reverte
S
Bellman and Black - Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Daughters of the Witching Hill - Mary Sharratt
The Golden - Lucius Shepard
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
Dracula/Frankenstein - Bram Stoker/Mary Shelley
Dracula, The Un-Dead - Dacre Stoker
Ghost Story - Peter Straub
T
Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon
Lady - Thomas Tryon
Night Magic - Thomas Tryon
The Other - Thomas Tryon
U
The Widows of Eastwick - John Updike
The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike

Short Stories
The October Country - Ray Bradbury
Bell, Book and Beyond - P.D. Cacek
October Dreams A Celebration of Halloween - Richard Chizmar
Tales of Witchcraft - Richard Dalby
Realms of Darkness - Mary Danby
American Witch Stories - Hubert J Davis
Tales of the Brothers Grimm - Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Daughters of the Moon - Husain, Shakrukh
Witches' Brew - Yvonee Jocks
The Shimmering Door - Katharine Kerr
Best Supernatural Stories - H.P. Lovecraft
Sisters of Sorcery - Sean Manley
Hauntings, Tales of the Supernatural - Henry Mazzeo
Vampires, Wine & Roses - John Richard Stephens
Poe's Children - Peter Straub
A Treasury of Witchcraft - Harry E Wedneck

Poetry, Prose and Plays
Poems of Magic and Spells - William Cole
The Lady's Not for Burning - Christopher Fry
Poems Bewitched and Haunted - John Hollander
The Jackdaw and the Witch - Sybil Leek
What Witches Do - Shelagh McGee
Goblins - Spike Milligan
See My Lovely Poison Ivy - Lilian Moore
Monday's Troll - Jack Prelutsky
Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep - Jack Prelutsky
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep - Jack Prelutsky
The Little Big Book of Chills and Thrills - Lena Tabori

Children's Books
The Widow's Broom - Chris Van Allsburg
Humbug Witch - Loran Balian
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Tim Burton
Old Black Witch - Wende & Harry Devlin
Old Black Witch and the Polka-Dot Ribbon - Wende & Harry Devlin
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Raggedy Ann and the Wonderful Witch - Johnny Gruelle
The Witch Tree Symbol - Carolyn Keene
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies - Mark Kimball Moulton
The Witch Book
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare

Hallowe'en and Witch History
A Halloween Reader - Leslie Pratt Bannatyne
Halloween An American Holiday, an American History - Leslie Pratt Bannatyne
Witch Hunt: A History of Persecution - Nigel Cawthorne
Witches and Sorcerers - Arkon Daraul
Witchcraft at Salem - Chadwick Hansen
Witches Investigating and Ancient Religion - T.C. Lethbridge
Witches and Witch-Hunts - Milton Meltzer
The Witch Figure - Venetia Newell
The Witches' Sabbats - Mike Nichols
Halloween Pagan Festival to Trick or Treat - Mark Oxbrow
Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology - Rossell Hope Robbins
Halloween From Pagan Ritual to Party Night - Nicholas Rogers
Halloween and Other Festivals of Life and Death - Jack Santino
Witches - Stacy Schiff
Death Makes a Holiday - David J Skal
The Devil in Massachusetts - Marion L Starkey
The History of Witchcraft - Montague Summers
The Vampire - Montague Summers
The Occult - Julien Tondriau
A History of the Occult - Colin Wilson
Poetry and Mysticism - Colin Wilson

Pagan and Wiccan
Drawing Down the Moon - Margot Adler
Book of Spells - De Pascale, Marc
The Witches Bible Compleat - Janet & Stewart Farrar
The Witches' Goddess - Janet & Stewart Farrar
What Witches Do - Janet & Stewart Farrar
The New Golden Bough - Sir James George Frazier
Mastering Witchcraft - Paul Husan
The Science of the Craft - William H Keith
The Satanic Bible - Anton Szandor LaVey
The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween - Jean Markale
Spells from the Midnight Watch - Caron McCloud
The God of the Witches - Margaret Murray
Earth Magic - Claire Nahmad
Halloween - Silver Ravenwolf
Witches and Their Craft - Arnold Seth
The Spiral Dance - Starhawk
Caldron Cookery - Marcello Truzzi
An ABC of Witchcraft - Doreen Valiente
The Rebirth of Witchcraft - Doreen Valiente
Witchcraft A Tradition Renewed - Doreen Valiente
Positive Magic - Marion Weinstein

Divination, Fortune Telling and Odd Stuff
The Hour of Our Death - Aries Philippe
A Book of Superstitions - Raymond Lamont Brown
A Complete Book of Tarot Spreads - Evelyn Burger
The Book of Runes - Ralph H Blum
Archetypes of the Zodiac - Kathleen Burt
A Treasury of Superstitions - Claudia DeLys
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable - Ivor H Evans
The Complete Book of Fortune Telling - Gramercy Books
A Complete Guide to the Tarot - Eden Gray
Who in Hell? - Sean Kelly
The Halloween Tarot - Karin Lee
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places - Alberto Manguel
Dictionary of Superstitions - David Pickering
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot - Arthur Edward Waite
Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets - Barbara G Walker
Fortune Telling - Madame Xanto
The History of Astrology - Zolar

Cookbooks, Decorating
Halloween Fun - Better Homes and Gardens
The Halloween Jack-O-Lantern - Carlo De Vito
Family Book of Halloween Fun, The
Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes
Halloween Decorating
Halloween Handbook
Halloween! Your Best Ever - Readers Digest
Halloween October 2008 - Martha Stewart
Halloween October 2009 - Martha Stewart
For the Love of Pumpkins - Sarah Marie Talley
Halloween Food and Fun - Taste of Home

Collecting Hallowe'en
Halloween Collectibles - Dan and Pauline Capanelli
Collectible Halloween - Pamela E Apkarian Russell
Salem Witchcraft & Souvenirs - Pamela E Apkarian Russell

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