Top Ten Tuesday – Spooky Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a Halloween Freebie, and I’ve chosen books with spooky settings.

jane eyre
Topping my list is Jane Eyre. I should probably read it again, as I haven’t read it since high school, but I adored Jane’s story, and Rochester’s mansion was definitely read as haunted until she discovered the secret in the attic!

Next is Gideon the Ninth, one of my favorite books of the year. The manor the group works in is absolutely haunted, and discovering how and why is core to the book. Similarly, figuring out what and why the mansion is haunted is also core to Meddling Kids, a grown-up, horror-filled Cthulhu-esque take on the Scooby gang. I haven’t reviewed it here yet, but it was… slightly too spooky for my normal reading! I wound up only reading it during the day when someone else was home! I’ll get that review up soon. Probably Thursday, on actual Halloween!

Other spooky reads from this year include Anna Dressed In Blood, about a ghost haunting an old Victorian, and The Suffering, set in Japan’s Aokigahara forest.

Number six is Mira Grant’s Into The Drowning Deep, with a sidenote of its novella predecessor, Rolling In The Deep. Both books are set over the Marianas Trench, one of the most mysterious places in the ocean.

Seven is The Good Demon, a haunting southern gothic story about a girl and her demon. Eight is House of Salt and Sorrows, another very gothic story, this one a take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale.

And eight is all I can come up with! I don’t read a whole lot of horror; I always push myself a little bit in October to read some spooky stories, but even the spookiest of what I read isn’t that bad. (I would call Meddling Kids the spookiest of these.) But all of these have a very haunting, doom-filled sense of place.

I hope you have a Happy Halloween!


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Spooky Settings

  1. Oooh, Jane Eyre is such a great choice for this list! I also thought the atmosphere of House of Salt and Sorrows was perfect for a spooky read.

    Great list idea! 🙂

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