Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Five frightfully good reads that will keep you up this Halloween

Get ready for a spooky night in with The South African’s pick of scary Halloween reads.

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Here is a list of some haunting reads that will make your hair stand on end, your heart beat a little faster, and will have you checking under the bed on Halloween night this Saturday 31 October.

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson 

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Recently adapted into the widely acclaimed Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is based on the 1950s gothic novel by Shirley Jackson.

The well-loved book opens with the memorable lines in the chilling description of Hill House: “…whatever walked there, walked alone.” 

The novel follows four strangers who come together at Hill House under the watchful eye of Dr Montague, a scientist who is hoping to prove once and for all, the existence of the supernatural.

The little group quickly gets more than they bargained for, at the expense of one guest, young, naïve, Eleanor Vance who quickly gets drawn into the magnetic darkness of Hill House. 

Widely regarded as a must-read book for horror and thriller lovers, The Haunting of Hill House, is terrifying on both a psychological and supernatural level and is guaranteed to keep readers at the edge of their seats. 

‘Dark Harvest’ by Norman Partridge

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This contemporary novel, set in Midwestern America, follows the story of a small town where all the inhabitants are obsessed with the horrifying figure of a small boy, nicknamed Sawtooth Jack, who miraculously appears on Halloween night in the maze of cornfields surrounding the small hamlet. 

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Dark Harvest is a chilling tale that dives deep into the dark underbelly of American folklore, small towns, and true terror. 

‘Malorie’ by Josh Malerman 

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The long-awaited sequel of the widely acclaimed, post-apocalyptic novel Bird Box, Malorie picks up the story of the characters who readers had to say goodbye to at the end of Bird Box.

Having been adapted into the 2018 Netflix feature film, Bird Box, scared readers to their very core and left everyone with the question, “But what now?”. 

Set in a post-apocalyptic United States (US), Malorie is a continuation of the beloved characters’ struggle to stay alive in a world where mysterious creatures have all but destroyed the population.

Only one thing is certain, if you see it, you will die… 

But there now seems to be an even bigger danger approaching and these creatures may be posing a whole threat to the survivors; a threat that places Malorie and her children on yet a new journey, through another unseen wilderness. 

‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King 

Would any list of scary book recommendations be complete without a work by the king of horrors, Stephen King? We think not.

Avid King fans probably know of this eerie story already, while others may have found it from its adaptation into a series on Showmax. King has already gone on the record as saying The Outsider miniseries is “one of the best adaptations of my work”.

Whether discovered through the silver screen or through the pages of the book, The Outsider is one of King’s best-loved works and manages to stay with you long after the lights have been turned off and the book closed. 

The story follows detective Ralph Anderson as he is faced with the unspeakable crime of the brutal murder of a small boy. At first, the case seems simple and a local man is arrested promptly on the bases of airtight evidence.

Soon, however, the case starts to unravel as the seasoned detective encounters cracks in this seemingly straightforward crime, and he is lead down a path of mystery, death, and unspeakable horror.

‘The Sentinel’ by Andrew and Lee Child 

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The latest instalment of the Jack Reacher thriller series, The Sentinel, follows everyone’s favourite retired army major turned private investigator, as he gets off a bus in a sleepy, deadly quiet, no-name town in Tennessee. 

His plans of swiftly being on his way again are quickly halted, as this small town has been shut down by a cyber-attack. At the heart of it all is an innocent and naïve IT guy named Rusty, who supposedly knows more than he thinks and is now the target of some evil chase. 

Reacher might just have to stick around in this little town after all and figure out once and for all, what or who is behind this. 

This latest book by the brother duo of Lee and Andrew Child is expected to be released in bookstores on Tuesday 27 October. 

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