Halloween Takeover: Elodie Harper
Elodie Harper chooses her top five books for Halloween
Posted on October 23, 2018 in Author Recommendations
In the lead up to Halloween, we asked some of our favourite authors to recommend the most frightening and unnerving books they’ve read. Take a look and tell us if you’ve dared to read any of these spooky tales.
Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize winning short story writer. Her story ‘Wild Swimming‘ won the Guardian-Hodder The Bazaar of Bad Dreams story competition as judged by Stephen King. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News Anglia, and before that worked as a producer for Channel 4 News. Her latest book, The Death Knock, is out now in hardback and eBook.
This is the ‘scariest’ book on my list. It’s a mesmerising novel set on a 1930s Arctic Expedition, in which one member of the team, Jack Miller, ends up alone at a deserted outpost. What happens after that is utterly terrifying. I still can’t read the word ‘Gruhuken’ without shuddering….
The Victorian master of the genre is perfect Halloween reading. Eerie landscapes, ancient artefacts and lonely scholars haunt these deliciously creepy tales. Look out for ‘The Mezzotint.’
My all time favourite work of horror. A woman recovering from childbirth decides to rest on an antique chaise-longue bought by her loving husband. Waking from a doze, she finds herself trapped in the body and alternative reality of the antique’s previous owner, 90 years before. This extraordinary story will haunt you long after the final page.
An anthology published by English Heritage last year, has some fabulous tales. Sarah Perry’s ‘They Flee from Me that Sometime did me Seek’ and Kamila Shamsie’s ‘Forboding’ were especially chilling. Both had endings that felt genuinely shocking.
A wonderfully atmospheric book, in which the thrill of the supernatural is woven together with the real life horrors women faced in the Victorian Era. You won’t be able to put this one down.