I went a little bit mad this month buying books with a creepy quality in honour of Halloween fast approaching (beautifully modelled by my kitten, Truffle, who is a great poser 😂)! I’m a huge advocate of reading mysterious or scary books at this time of year as I feel like it just adds to that spooky atmosphere. 🎃
This month I bought:
- Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
This book was recommended to me when I was having a browse in a bookshop and was hooked by the blurb! It’s such an interesting premise and one that I’m intrigued to find out how it plays out.
Blurb: The murder trial of the century is here. A ruthless prosecutor. A brilliant defence lawyer. A defendant with a secret. And a serial killer on the jury…
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Legal
- The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
I picked this book up when I was browsing in a bookshop and the blurb really intrigued me. I took the time to read the prologue and decided that I was definitely taking it home with me!
Blurb: None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
I was a big fan of the film adaption of this book and was interested to see if the book lived up. I really enjoy a classic ghost story and was interested to read this one! You can check out my review of this book here.
Blurb: Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Genre: Fiction, Gothic, Horror
These next few books were all purchased at the same time and mainly for a blog post. However, I already own Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graeme-Smith and have been interested in picking up the other books in the Quirk Classics range to see if I enjoyed them just as much.
- Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters
Blurb: It’s been called the greatest novel ever written. Now, Tolstoy’s timeless saga of love and betrayal is transported to an awesomer version of 19th century Russia. It is a world humming with high-powered groznium engines: where debutantes dance the 3D waltz in midair, mechanical wolves charge into battle alongside brave young soldiers, and robots – miraculous, beloved robots! – are the faithful companions of everyone who’s anyone. Restless to forge her own destiny in this fantastic modern life, the bold noblewoman Anna and her enigmatic Android Karenina abandon a loveless marriage to seize passion with the daring, handsome Count Vronsky. But when their scandalous affair gets mixed up with the dangerous futuristic villainy, the ensuing chaos threatens to rip apart their lives, their families, and – just maybe – all of planet Earth.
Genre: Fiction, Parody, Steampunk
- Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
Blurb: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live in a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest – and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!
Genre: Fiction, Humour, Black Humour, Thriller, Horror
- Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
Blurb: Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls – a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands – until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry. Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth – and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength, Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave – and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!
Genre: Fiction, Humour, Thriller, Historical, Black Comedy
- Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
Blurb: When we last saw Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy – at the end of the New York Times best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – they were preparing for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Yet the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the only acceptable course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote being developed in London, she realises there may be one last chance to save her true love – and for everyone to live happily ever after. Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses, Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.
Genre: Fiction, Parody, Humour, Historical, Regency, Horror
What books did you purchase this month? Are you a fan of creepy books at this time of year too? Or maybe you’ve already read these books! What did you think? I’d love to know! 😌📚