It’s my favourite time of the year: Spooky Season! It’s hard to be someone who loves Halloween and Fall when you’re an Australian because no one celebrates it down here. Bu that’s never stopped me before! Last year, I wrote about about how to celebrate Spooky Season as an Aussie, which you can check out here!
This year, I decided I want to try and read only spooky books for the month of October, which I’ve never done before. So here’s my tentative TBR! Let’s see if I can stick with it.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives.
Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.
Why I’m excited to read it: I was lucky enough to receive an advance listening copy of this book last month and was already keen to read it. And since then, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Native American horror!
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
1902, Brookhants School for Girls: students Flo and Clara are madly in love with each other, as well as completely obsessed with The Story of Mary MacLane, the scandalous debut memoir by 19 year old MacLane. A few months later they are found dead in the woods, after a horrific wasp attack, the book lying next to their intertwined bodies. Within five years the school is closed. But not before three more people die on the property, each in a troubling way.
Over a hundred years later, Brookhants opens its doors once more, when a crew of young actresses arrive to film a high-profile movie about the rumoured Brookhants curse. And as past and present become grimly entangled, it’s soon impossible to tell quite where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins…
Why I’m excited to read it: This has been pitched as a lesbian gothic horror novel. That’s all that needs to be said!
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem
Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but the two are inseparable. For their last summer before college, Alec and Walker leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths then they could have imagined.
While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, slowly losing himself to a deep, dark experiment. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.
Why I’m excited to read it: This is Maggie Stiefvater’s first graphic novel and it’s supposed to be super creepy and haunting. I enjoy Stiefvater’s books, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too!
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
She answered the Emperor’s call.
She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.
In victory, her world has turned to ash.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders. Harrowhark’s health is failing, her magic refuses to cooperate, her sword makes her throw up, and even her mind threatens to betray her. What’s worse, someone is trying to kill her. And she has to wonder: if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?
Why I’m excited to read it: I read the first book in this trilogy, Gideon the Ninth, and adored it so much! I have no doubt I’d love the second book just as much.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Obsessed with creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life with electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley’s chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron’s villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world’s most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.
Why I’m excited to read it: I had to have at least one classic novel on this list! I have a list of classics books I really need to read and this is on the list, so it’s a great time to finally get around to it.
These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever
When Paul and Julian meet as university freshmen in early 1970s Pittsburgh, they are immediately drawn to one another. A talented artist, Paul is sensitive and agonizingly insecure, incomprehensible to his working-class family, and desolate with grief over his father’s recent death.
Paul sees the wealthy, effortlessly charming Julian as his sole intellectual equal&;an ally against the conventional world he finds so suffocating. He idolizes his friend for his magnetic confidence. But as charismatic as he can choose to be, Julian is also volatile and capriciously cruel. And admiration isn&;t the same as trust.
As their friendship spirals into an all-consuming intimacy, Paul is desperate to protect their precarious bond, even as it becomes clear that pressures from the outside world are nothing compared with the brutality they are capable of inflicting on one another. Separation is out of the question. But as their orbit compresses and their grip on one another tightens, they are drawn to an act of irrevocable violence that will force the young men to confront a shattering truth at the core of their relationship.
Why I’m excited to read it: I adore dark academia novels, especially ones that are about obsession and feature queer people. I’ve also heard great things about this, so I need to read it ASAP.
What books do you plan on reading for October? Have you read any of the books I have on my TBR? Let me know!