Spooky Halloween reads to keep you up late

  

Spooky Halloween reads to keep you up late

It's cold outside and it's already dark by the time you leave work, so put aside the face paint and fangs and settle in for a truly spooky Halloween with one of our scary reads. We've got something for everyone from historical horror to ghost stories, so make a hot drink, bundle up your blankets and settle in for a long night.
 
For the ultimate in spooky stories to read with the light on: Ghost, stories chosen by Louise Welsh
Find haunted houses, mysterious Counts, weeping widows and restless souls in definitive anthology of all that goes bump in the night. Hand-picked by award-winning author Louise Welsh, this beautiful collection of 100 ghost stories will delight, unnerve, and entertain any fiction lover brave enough...
 
Here are gothic classics, modern masters, Booker Prize-winners, ancient folk tales and stylish noirs, proving that every writer has a skeleton or two in their closet.
The all-star cast of authors inlude:
Hilary Mantel, William Faulkner, Kate Atkinson, Henry James, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Franz Kafka, Ruth Rendell, Edgar Allan Poe, William Trevor, Helen Simpson, Haruki Murakami, Dylan Thomas, Bram Stoker, H.P Lovecraft, Lydia Davis, Sir Walter Scott, Annie Proulx, Bram Stoker, Angela Carter and Stephen King.
 
For feverishly unsettling works from one of our greatest literary imaginations: Dis Mem Ber, by Joyce Carol Oates
A precocious eleven-year-old girl, in thrall to the mysterious black sheep of the family, climbs into his sky-blue Chevy for a drive into the unknown... A university transfer student becomes increasingly obsessed with the murder of a female classmate, placing her own sense of self in peril... A recent widow fantasizes about transforming into a great flying predator, unerring and pitiless in the hunt... A trusting group of bird-watchers is borne to a remote part of the globe, and to a harrowing fate...
 
These meticulously crafted, deeply disquieting stories confront the dangers that surround us, and the dangers that lurk within.
 
 
For 18th-century horror: The Coven, by Graham Masterton
They say the girls were witches. But Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, is sure they were innocent victims...
 
London, 1758: 
Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, has found a position at St Mary Magdalene's Refuge for fallen women. She enjoys the work and soon forms a close bond with her charges. 
 
The refuge is supported by a wealthy tobacco merchant, who regularly offers the girls steady work to aid their rehabilitation. But when seven girls sent to his factory disappear, Beatrice is uneasy. 
 
Their would-be benefactor claims they were a coven of witches, beholden only to Satan and his demonic misdeeds. But Beatrice is convinced something much darker than witchcraft is at play...      
 
For mystery, myth and summer hauntings: The White Hare, by Michael Fishwick
'The one who doesn't go straight home, the traitor,
The friendless one, the cat of the wood...'
A lost boy. A dead girl, and one who is left behind.
 

Robbie doesn't want anything more to do with death, but life in a village full of whispers and secrets can't make things the way they were.

When the white hare appears, magical and fleet in the silvery moonlight, she leads them all into a legend, a chase, a hunt. But who is the hunter and who the hunted?

 
 
For mystery from some of our finest and fiercest women writers: Deadlier, stories chosen by Sophie Hannah
From Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier, to Val McDermid and Margaret Atwood, women writers have long been drawn to criminal acts. Here, award-winning author Sophie Hannah brings together 100 of her favourite examples.
 
Deadlier includes prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, so whether you take your crime cosy or hard-boiled, this big, beautiful anthology will keep you reading long into the night.