Blog Hop: Horror Novels

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Halloween Edition: What is your favorite horror novel and why?

I am not generally one for actual Horror novels…I’m not sure I’ve ever read one!  I know other people like them, but I don’t feel any need at all to fill my head with ghastly ideas.

However–I do like a good shadowy Gothic novel now and then, which is the closest I come to Horror.  My favorite is The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson out on the misty moor.

Holmes and Watson generally seem so indelibly placed in 221B Baker Street and the streets of London.  In a way, I think what I like in this book is the changed atmosphere.  I’m never tired by their usual setting, but the juxtaposition of urban Holmes and Watson in the Gothic landscape is great fun.  And maybe I like venturing into the creepy and mysterious with familiar friends. 🙂

This book also features what may be my very favorite Holmes-story moment, when Watson goes out to confront the mysterious man on the moor, and he’s waiting for him to come, and the tension builds and builds, and then–but that would be telling!

Do you read Horror, or any related genres?  What’s your favorite spooky or horrifying novel?

14 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Horror Novels

  1. I’m not a horror reader either, but I do sometimes find myself reading something I’d classify as such (or, at the very least, dark fantasy). Sometimes I even surprise myself by liking it! I did read a couple as a child, though. It’s why I try to avoid them. We did not get along, those books and I.

    I don’t really have favourites, as such, but one I quite enjoyed was Tom Holland’s The Vampyre. It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember really liking the way Holland tackled the meshing of biography with the supernatural he came up with. ^-^

  2. dianem57

    I think Holmes is about as spooky or “horror” as I’d want to get, too. I’m not a fan of the genre though I know many other readers are. There’s enough real horror in the news each day so I don’t want it in my pleasure reading, too.

  3. My favorite book to read in autumn is “The Perilous Gard” by Elizabeth Marie Pope. I’m not sure how to describe why it’s the perfect lead-up to Halloween book without giving things away, but it is. Oh!-how about this: It’s a Renaissance English version of Tam Lin. (Every seven years they pay a teind to hell…) I highly recommend it!

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