It’s October. It’s my favorite time of year and I am pumped. I’m indulging in all of the Halloween treats and fun. So, obviously, I’m craving something spooky to read this month, so let’s jump into my Spooky October 2021 TBR.
What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories–some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.
But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever…
Ghost Story has never been on my radar until I found a copy of The Stephen King Library edition at an antique shop. I included it in my vintage book haul, but I’ve never picked it up. So now is the time to give it a read.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose–to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him.
With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host?
I picked this one up for last Halloween, but I didn’t get to it. I decided I would save it for this Halloween. I think it needs the October atmosphere to enhance the reading experience. I’m going to make this one a priority this year.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
There are few readers who are unfamiliar with Washington’s timeless story of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and the terrifying Headless Horseman. But The Legend of Sleepy Hollow offers more than a mere ghost story, providing readers with an excellent social commentary about how people lived outside the cities and circles of politics in the early 19th century.
I really can’t believe I haven’t ever read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’ve watched several movies and I adore the premise. I think it’s finally time to read the original.
So those are the books on my Spooky October 2021 TBR. I’m only adding three books to this tbr because I have a few books that I want to read for special posts. I’m going to be posting everyday in October to celebrate Halloween. It will be a mix of lifestyle, books, and anything that makes me happy. Don’t forget to subscribe for all the Halloween fun!