Ahead of Halloween I’ll be focusing on reading horror classics, from Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Other Stories.
Having finished the Fiction and Translated Literature shortlists for the National Book Award, I’ll end October by checking out several classic works of horror from the twentieth-century.
I’ll begin with Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Several people have recommended Jackson’s novels to me over the past few months, and now seems like the perfect time to check them out; Netflix has recently released an adaptation of Hill House, and horror pairs so well with the fall season. I already have read several of Jackson’s short stories, and I very much enjoy her style of writing, especially her baroque prose and subtle way of building suspense.
I then will transition to two short story collections: Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find and Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Other Stories. I’ve read individual stories by both authors, but this will be my first time reading a full collection by either. I’m excited to have the chance to explore the authors’ fiction before the start of Nonfiction November.
If you’re planning on reading any Halloween-themed books, or if you’ve read any books by these authors in the past, I’d love to discuss them with you in the comments!