5 Books To Read In October (And The Candy To Go With Them)


Hello, darlings. I wrote an article once about the five books to read for summer and the drinks to go with them. So now, in honor of Halloween, I will be going over the five books to read in October—and the candy to go with them.

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5: “Dracula” by Bram Soker

I think we all knew Stoker’s masterpiece would be on this list. I am a huge fan (obviously), but “Dracula” is one of those timeless novels, the one with the story everyone knows. In a nutshell, Englishman visits creepy castle with creepy count and his creepy, baby-eating wives. The count traps the Englishman in the castle and attempts to take over England one lonely virgin at a time.

The Candy:

Liquid, cherry-flavored blood.  Comes in bags and vials.

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4: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin

Another vampire novel—but featuring the gnarliest vampires you can imagine. Justin Cronin’s novel is filled with graphic imagery of people being eaten and literally torn in half. The homage paid to Dracula and Slavic folklore is just a bonus for a nerd like me. More to the point, the characters are incredibly compelling, and I cried when my favorite one died. I still haven’t forgiven Cronin.

 

The Candy:

Jawbreakers. Cronin’s vampires have some crazy, impenetrable armor—which is the coating of all jawbreakers.

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3: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

One of the greatest horror novels in the English language, “Frankenstein” tells the story of Victor Frankenstein and the unspeakable horror he creates from dead human flesh. Frankenstein’s creation, though, is eloquent and tortured and readers will struggle with whom they identify more: the man or the monster.

The Candy:

Candy corn. An odd, but beautiful, mix of colors—like rotting body parts, but delicious.

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2: “Tales” by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft is the master of horror. He has the ability to take mundane things—empty rooms, paintings, a light flickering—and transform them into exotic abominations. Lovecraft specialized in the short story form, though, so I chose a couple to make you stay up at night.

“The Call of Cthulu” is possibly Lovecraft’s most well-known story. It features the most cryptic fortune to be found in Lovecraft’s oeuvre: “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulu waits dreaming.” The story follows a character as he traces the roots of an odd-looking statue that features a deity once worshipped around the world.

“The Rats in the Walls” is my personal favorite. A man restores an old house that belongs to his family. At night, he hears the sounds of rats in the walls and goes to investigate. He discovers the horrifying truth of his ancestors in the underground city that lies beneath the house.

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