Halloween is the time for Ghosts & Ghouls, Tricks & Treats; Candy, Costumes and more partying than a middle-aged bookworm is cut out for… It’s also a great excuse to curl up in front of a warm fire (if you are fortunate to have one) and settle in for a spooky read.
If anyone out there got all the partying of their system last night (Saturday) and is looking for a fun little book to pass a quiet evening in, I’d humbly recommend checking out David Mitchell’s Slade House.
The page count isn’t as intimidating as some of DMs more famous books, but there’s still sufficient word count to get the story where it needs to go.
If I was to describe the book in a signal word, it would be ‘Haunting’. Fans of the author will love this book; there’s plenty of crossover with his other stories (the shared universe is a phenomenon I personally love), with DMs wonderfully visual style evident throughout.
Even if you are new to David Mitchell (or spooky writing), Slade House is a great place to dip your toe in – especially on the night when the spirits walk.
It’s scary but only touches on being a true horror story; rather, it builds the tension within you until the point where you can almost feel the characters in the shadows around you.
Whatever you decide to read, make it a good one – and if you happen to have read and loved Slade House, please do tweet/message me with similar book suggestions.
And a Happy Halloween to all souls.