Hello bookish fiends!
‘Tis the month of October where darkness falls upon the land and I rush to my favourite haunt: The Library. In anticipation of rainy days and cold nights, I’ve borrowed some creepy and dark and mysterious books to keep me company.
A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel
This is probably the book I’m most excited to have picked up. I recently finished reading the first book in this Victorian-era mystery series and had a great time reading it so I wanted to get my hands on the next instalment asap! This one is about witches in Lancashire and will hopefully be just as creepy as the first book.
Murder As A Fine Art by David Morrell
I’ve been on a bit of a Victorian-era murder mystery binge lately. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of stories but now I am really in the best kind of mood for them. This one follows a writer who has become the latest suspect in a mass murder case as the murders seem to be eerily familiar to those described in one of the essays the protagonist has written.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman
I mean, Sherlock Holmes plus the Count himself. Possibly the best (monster) mash-up I’ve heard of. Hopefully the story lives up to the concept. It’s relatively short at only 188 pages so it should be a quick, fun read.
The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie
What’s a mystery haul without the Lady of Crime Fiction herself? I’ve watched many an adaption of Agatha Christie’s stories and I feel like it’s about time I read one. This is Poirot’s first appearance so I’m starting from the beginning.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
These books are very well-loved and since Halloween’s coming up, it seemed like the perfect time to pick up the first book in this series. It seems quite charming and dark and whimsical which is exactly what I like to find in a children’s novel. Also, the illustrations look wonderful.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I’ve seen this book on a lot of people’s autumn reading recommendations lists so I thought it might be a good time to give it a go. It’s had pretty mixed reviews but I enjoyed Blake’s previous novel, Antigoddess, so hopefully I’ll like this one too. It’s about three siblings who have to fight each other in a game of life or death in order to become Queen.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
This is another murder mystery, but this time set in an atmospheric 1920’s New York. From the blurb I’m guessing there might also be supernatural or paranormal elements? Hopefully because this book sounds exactly like my cup of tea. It’ll be really interesting for me to read a murder mystery set in this era, halfway across the world, too.
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu
I first heard about this wee gem from Thoughts on Tomes and we tend to have very similar taste when it comes to graphic novels in particular. The story seemed complex and the art style looked so very beautiful (which it is, holy crap). I’m currently reading this and loving it. It covers some really dark themes, so it’s probably best to do a little research before you pick this one up (I’ll speak about CWs in more detail once I’ve finished it).
Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen
This was the only book I bought in this haul and I am so happy that I did (for only £2.81 yay bargains). It has some great illustrations and contains a little information on every imaginable creature from folklore and legend, plus quite a few I’d never before heard of. This is a great coffee-table type of book to flick through and dip in and out of when you need a bit of a break from the real world.
So that’s it for this library haul. What are some of the books you’ve borrowed lately? Any creepy books you can recommend me?