halloween horrors…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Halloween. In Bermuda it was a BIG thing, and for every year until I was thirteen I dressed up and went trick or treating, without fail. (I’ve been Hermione, a girl in a bubble bath, an undead queen, and Jane from Tarzan!) Since I’ve moved to the UK it’s been a bit of a shock to find that people don’t go all out for the holiday! But I’ve had to make do, so here’s what I’ve been up to for the past month!

Books: 

I don’t tend to read a lot of horror/thriller books, because I just always get the sense that they’re going to feature tropes that I’m not fond of (e.g. relying on mental health as a plot twist). But I have read a couple of different books in the past month or two that do deal with horror as a main theme.

Bird Box is a horror about a pregnant woman who lives in a world where if you look outside, you’ll see something that makes you kill people and then kill yourself. It’s all about her survival in a world where if you must go outside (like to get food and water), you must be blindfolded. It was interesting, though I didn’t think the ending was very good.

I also read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson because I wanted to read it before I watched the TV series. It was really interesting and psychological (and had super creepy descriptions of the house itself) but I didn’t find it particularly scary. I’m glad I’ve read it though.

Finally, I also read a nonfiction book called Dead Girls. This was initially super interesting, as it focused on the beautiful dead girl as a trope of American film and literature (starting with one of my favourites, Twin Peaks). But it soon turned into a semi-memoir about the author’s life in LA, which I wasn’t interested in at all.

A couple other books that I would like to read soon include Horrorstor and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Film: 

I have watched a LOT of scary movies and TV shows in the past month. These include:

Based on the hit films, Scream is a TV show that uses the same basic premise (slasher obsessed with one particular teenager and the people around her). Over the two seasons, there are a huge array of twists and turns – and it has an awesome queer character, too.

The Haunting of Hill House is also a TV show on Netflix – it’s influenced by the novel rather than a direct adaptation. It is everything I could ever want – it’s got jump scares and basic horror tropes, but it also is a really great portrait of family trauma. The psychological aspect of it fascinates me to no end.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a pretty standard horror film – it features a creepy kid, a historical setting, and spooky supernatural shit. As someone new to the horror genre though, I enjoyed it. Don’t mess with ouija, y’all!

Finally, I have also been delving deep into Buzzfeed Unsolved. (I know, I am SO LATE to this party.) I like the true crime episodes, but I absolutely adore the supernatural episodes. It’s so great because one host, Ryan, believes in ghosts, whilst the other, Shane, does not. They never take anything too seriously, and often laugh at themselves (and each other!)

A couple other films that I’d like to watch are the new Netflix series Haunted (true supernatural stories told by the people who experienced them), and some classics like The Shining and Psycho.

Podcasts: 

I have also been super into podcasts recently. It’s great, because I can listen to them at work without anyone knowing. I listen to various entertainment and activism ones (that’s a post for another time!) but I’ve been almost exclusively listening to spooky/true crime ones in the month of October.

One of my favourites is Two Girls One Ghost because a) that name is genius, and b) they have such great paranormal content. Every week the hosts Corinne and Sabrina pick a new topic (such as orphanages, Texas, or demons) and talk about two haunted places that fit this topic. They share listener stories, and have a great Facebook page that you can join for spooky discussions and memes.

One of the most popular true crime podcasts is My Favorite Murder, hosted by Karen and Georgia. Every week they cover two true crime stories – there is humour, but they are sensitive to the fact that these are people’s family members, and discuss the sociopolitical reasons behind the crimes. Their catchphrase is: ‘Stay sexy. Don’t get murdered.’ I love it!!

I’m also planning on trying THE true crime podcast Serial, as well as Lore, which gives the frightening history behind common folklore.

What spooky things have you been up to? Let me know!

14 thoughts on “halloween horrors…

  1. Bina says:

    Yes creepy stuff🙌🎃👻 I had a few not so relaxing nights watching Haunting of Hill House 😁😱 So good, even if they left out Jackson’s feminism. Also love the podcast recs, I need to explore those, thanks😊

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  2. whatsnonfiction says:

    I’m glad to hear you had the same reaction I did to the book Dead Girls, was a bit disappointed there. And thanks for some great suggestions of things to watch! I’m also late to the party and haven’t gotten around to Buzzfeed Unsolved, you reminded me I need to get to that one!

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  3. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    I loved Bird Box so much!! Also Scream is one of my favourite horror franchises. I really want to watch Ouija but I’m scared 😂 BuzzFeed Unsolved is my faveeeee. I love Shane and Ryan so much. I’m hoping to finish The Haunting of Hill House TV show soon.

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  4. Norrie says:

    Oh, i heard a lot of good stuff about Bird Box. Wanna try to squeeze it in this month 🙂
    I watched the Scream TV show, and i liked it quite a lot. I remember liking the movies as well. Haunting of Hill House sounds pretty good as well. I might even skip the book and just watch it…

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  5. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says:

    I’ve been seeing Bird Box recommended left and right. Definitely makes me want to check it out. I just finished The Haunting of Hill House and really enjoyed it. I didn’t expect to become so invested in the family’s story and love that it was more than a horror show because of this. I’m so excited to check out these podcasts. I’ve been curious combination of medium and the genre. Thanks so much for this great post!

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  6. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Yeah, creepy stuff is 100% NOT me. I am reading a surprisingly high number of creepier things this month, however. Nothing like this– but I did read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I really love Jackson’s writing– it’s so atmospheric and has a beautiful feeling of creeping dread.

    Other “spooky” things? XD I read the first trade paperback collection of Moonstruck! It’s is a world where mythological creatures live side-by-side with humans. There is a slightly creepy mystery storyline, but the artwork is so floof and twee, well, I don’t know if it counts. 😉

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