Halloween Mix | Wyatt's World

This gathering of spooky reads, listens, and films offers a frightful delight

With the seasonal arrival of big names such as Charlaine Harris, Grady Hendrix, Robert Kirkman, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Anne Rice, the haunting time is upon us. The resulting gathering of spooky reads, listens, and films is a frightful delight, as these five examples prove.


  • Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink; read by Jasika Nicole (HarperAudio).
    Publishing as both a print and audiobook at the end of the month, this Night Vale Presents podcast features a fearful story that follows Keisha as she searches for her wife, Alice, who is presumed dead.  As Keisha takes to the road, she encounters the Hungry Man, something she was never seeking. Horror on audio is a fright fest, immersive and inescapable.


  • In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt (Little, Brown).
    Taking place in colonial New England, one of horror's most iconic settings, Hunt's atmospheric, eerily dark, genre-bending fairy tale traces what happens when a woman wanders into the woods.


  • The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo (Griffin: St. Martin's).
    Palombo's retelling of Washington Irving’s classic Halloween story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman centers on a woman named Katrina, who takes center stage when her lover Crane disappears. Readers who enjoy detail and history will find much to pleased with in this feminist reconsideration.


  • Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (Putnam).
    The great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker borrows from the family literary fame to present a prequel to the famous Horror novel. This new entry features Bram and his siblings as they begin to uncover the horrors that lead to Dracula.


  • Halloween (Trancas Intnl. Films Inc.).
    The newest outing in this long-running horror film series opens on October 19. Viewers have enough time to watch this first in the series, the John Carpenter slasher classic from 1978 that launched Jamie Lee Curtis's career and terrified babysitters (and everyone else). Both the original film and the latest sequel have been novelized.
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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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