I don't know about you, but once the calendar flips to October, my thoughts turn to those of horror. One of my favorite things is to transform our house into what I think a suburban vampire family's home would look like, with a graveyard and coffin in the front, creepy critters scattered about, and plenty of skulls, spider webs and misshapen gourds.
An occupational hazard, I often decorate with books and would not miss the chance to make a few piles of scary stories, appropriately topped off with a skull or two. Some of my favorites for this time of year include the following.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
The Shining by Stephen King.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
Since I also enjoy the old-school, gothic creepiness and tragedy of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, I have saved Deborah Lawrenson's The Lantern for October, which I look forward to with eager anticipation.
What are you going to read this month? What are some of your favorite horror or gothic novels?