13 Reads for Friday the 13th

I’m not superstitious, but somehow Friday the 13th always feels like an appropriate day to post about something a little dark, a little creepy.  Even though, as a rule, I don’t read creepy books!  But I did find it surprisingly easy to rustle up a list of 13 books I’ve read in the last few years that are a little spooky, or a bit gothic, or just on the ghostly, shadowy side of things.  Here’s my list, in no particular order except to note that the top seven are particular favorites…

  1. Phantom by Susan Kay
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  5. Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan
  6. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
  7. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  8. Midnight Riot/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  10. Austenland at Midnight by Shannon Hale
  11. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
  12. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  13. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett

Do you have a favorite spooky, gothic, shadowy read to recommend? 🙂

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to 13 Reads for Friday the 13th

  1. dianem57 says:

    How about Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier? The housekeeper is pretty spooky in that one! 🙂

  2. My favourite spooky and/or gothic reads would have to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 🙂

  3. I think Northanger Abbey is perfect for Friday the 13th, as you keep expecting something *dreadful* to appear around every corner, when usually it’s just embarrassing mishaps. Fun list.

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