Halloween for the Faint of Heart: Spooky Audiobooks

Last Friday I introduced a miniseries featuring some of my favorite audiobooks. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d highlight two of my spookier picks!

I didn’t realize until I began writing this post that both of my choices are (1) about young boys battling the forces of evil, and (2) narrated by Brits! The two books provide quite different experiences, though: the first is spooky and fantastical, while the second is rather zany.

Halloween for the Faint of Heart: Dueling Monsters

Today I’ll be looking at the two classic novels I read for the second Dueling Monsters readalong: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (which I read) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (which I listened to). I had originally signed up to read The Picture of Dorian Gray but added the other so that I could more fairly proclaim a winner. Neither, thankfully, was the sort of scary I try to avoid, and I would recommend either for some good Halloween reading.

Halloween for the Faint of Heart: “The Metamorphosis”

Halloween isn’t just about the scare factor, at least in my opinion. It’s also about the bizarre. I recently read a few of Franz Kafka’s short stories that I think would make for some nice, brief Halloween reading.

Depending on who you ask, The Metamorphosis is either a short story or a novella. Published first in 1915, it is probably one of Kafka’s best known works. It’s the one that begins with the rather famous first sentence (translations vary a little, but the gist is the same):

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous insect.”

Halloween for the Faint of Heart: “Mistress of the Art of Death”

I don’t do scary, creepy, or horrifying. Not in movies, not in books. If it will keep me up at night, I am not interested! So each year, when October comes around, I feel a little left out. What’s an easily scared reader to do amidst the Halloween frenzy?

This year, I’ve put together some of my favorite non-horror Halloween-appropriate reads. I’ll be sharing them over the next few days. If you, like me, are a bit faint of heart, stop back for some books that just might get you into the Halloween spirit. Welcome to the first installment of Halloween for the Faint of Heart!

First up, how about a little Medieval mystery? I don’t like contemporary mysteries; they feel too possible. But with historical mysteries, the time gap creates enough separation that I can enjoy the story without worrying.

One of my very favorite historical mystery series is Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death series. At present, there are four books: Mistress of the Art of Death, The Serpent’s Tale, Grave Goods, and A Murderous Procession. You could pick up any book and enjoy it, but in my opinion it’s best to start at the beginning. The plot lines and characters do build on one another from story to story.

Books For Your Ears (and My Love For Them)

I’ve listened to 25 audiobooks so far this year. I just checked. Frankly, I’m a bit blown away by that number. What prompted me to look at my list was a post by Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile, who just finished her first audiobook and is looking for suggestions for what to pick up next. As …