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Six of the Best Supernatural Stories
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October 2021
Reading time 4 Minutes

Six of the best books to...

scare you silly!
DAMNABLE TALES: A FOLK HORROR ANTHOLOGY

DAMNABLE TALES: A FOLK HORROR ANTHOLOGY

Selected by Richard Wells

Sometimes a little dose of the creeps is all you can take. Dip into this new illustrated anthology, featuring short tales from the masters of supernatural fiction (think MR James, Shirley Jackson and Robert Louis Stevenson) and prepare for a mini scare fest.

BILLY SUMMERS

BILLY SUMMERS

Stephen King

King is unequalled when it comes to terrifying tales, and his newest offering is a tightly-wound thriller which follows killer-for-hire Billy Summers as he pursues dark forces in a fight against evil. Can Billy earn redemption?

DRACULA

DRACULA

Bram Stoker

You know the story – but this is a classic for a reason. Told through diary entries, letters and newspaper clippings, it’s always worth revisiting the original text of this splendid novel to rediscover the horrifying tale of Dracula. And if you want to creep yourself out even more, head down to Whitby one dark evening, and take the book with you…

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Susan Hill

Having read only a small amount of Yorkshire author Susan Hill’s acclaimed novel before I felt compelled to hide it at the back of my bookshelves, I can’t speak from experience on this one. But if you’re made of stronger stuff, I’m told it’s really, really good – if utterly chilling. Good luck.

EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE

EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE

Jay Kristoff

It’s been 27 years since the last sunrise, as vampires have waged war on humanity and built a sea of darkness. The last protector of the realm is imprisoned by the monsters he swore to destroy, and forced to tell his story. This is the start of a new saga from the author of the bestselling Nevernight series.

THE SECRET OF CRICKLEY HALL

THE SECRET OF CRICKLEY HALL

James Herbert

Crickley Hall seems like a marvellous place for the Caleigh’s to escape to after their terrible year – a large house with a river at the bottom of the garden and plenty of space. Except that the dog is spooked by it, the house is constantly cold, there are strange sounds in the night and, no matter how many times they close it, the cellar door is always open in the morning…

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