Halloween is on its way, and with it… Halloween-themed books! Especially when it comes to mystery and suspense, it seems Halloween is a favorite setting. And why not? The scent of pumpkin and nutmeg, flickering jack-o-lanterns, and the ever popular, witch-who-flew-into-a-tree decoration add a certain something to a work of fiction. Here are my top 5 Halloween paranormal reads.
1) Hallowed Bones, by Carolyn Haines. With the help of her family ghost, Jitty, Southern Delta PI, Sarah Booth Delaney, investigates a faith-healer accused of murdering her infant daughter.
2) Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Dead Beat, and Cold Days from the Dresden Files. Okay, I’m cheating here by giving you four books in the series, but what can I say? Harry’s awesome. Chicago wizard, Harry Dresden, was born on Halloween. Unsurprisingly, things tend to get intense in the paranormal world around that date (contra: Buffy Summers).
3) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving. This story is to Halloween what A Christmas Carol is to Christmas.
4) Be Careful What You Witch For, by Dawn Eastman. I totally want to go to the Harvest Festival. And the action starts with a bang: a Wiccan ceremony, a vision, and a murder, all in the first three pages in this cozy mystery.
5) Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. Okay, none of his stories actually take place on Halloween. But they’ve become Halloween read-aloud classics, and the rhythm of his poetry is surprisingly delightful. The Raven. Need I say more? In case I do, click the video below for a piece of the Simpson’s version.
What great Halloween paranormals did I miss? Tell me in the comments below.
About the Author
Kirsten Weiss is the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. Get her books on Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble. She’s currently working on book 6 in the Riga Hayworth series, The Hoodoo Detective.