Halloween Takeover: Douglas Lindsay

Douglas Lindsay chooses his top five books for Halloween

Posted on October 19, 2018 in Author Recommendations
Tags: halloween

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 chilling stories.


Douglas Lindsay

Douglas Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1964, at 2:38 am. Thirty-five years of little note ensued, before the world heralded the publication of his first book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson. As he was leaving the house to undertake a public engagement for the first time, his wife kissed him on the cheek and said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t be yourself…’ Sadly, Lindsay continues to ignore her advice to this day.

Song of the Dead is the first book in his new DI Westphall Series, publishing in February 2019.





The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

A rightful classic. We are all Mr Utterson, the lawyer, watching in impotent horror, as the good in the world turns unaccountably, and irretrievably, evil.






The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Under your skin, beautifully creepy, every-creak-of-a-floorboard-makes-your-breath-catch-in-your-throat, gloriously atmospheric, monstrously dark and claustrophobic Victorian Gothic.






Scooby Doo And The Witch’s Ghost by Gail Herman

I don’t know, Scoob, you’re thinking, isn’t this just an impossible-to-find tie-in of a 1999 animated, straight-to-video movie? Why, yes, Fred, it is. But Scooby Doo introduced us all to the genre from a young age, and should be on any horror list.

When you’re a kid, you always hope the terrifying ghoul won’t turn out to be Old Mr Krackenhauer, the retired caretaker, who gets led away at the end by the local sheriff (who you’d kind of suspected all along) muttering about pesky kids.  You want the ghost to be real. The Witch’s Ghost delivers. Don’t let your children hear you scream.




Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Honest, brutal, fantastical, macabre, captivating, brilliant literary horror. Twelve short stories set in Argentina. All human life is here. And it’s not pretty.






Perfume: The Story of A Murderer by Patrick Süskind

A grotesque Grand Guignol, a glorious evocation of eighteenth century Paris, vivid, page-exploding, remarkable, and ultimately completely bonkers.





See more Halloween recommendations from Sarah Hilary, Phoebe Locke, Anna Mazzola, Elodie Harper, David Mark, Allen Eskens, Charlotte Duckworth, Jo Spain and Jenny Blackhurst.

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