This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is 5 creepy atmospheres – perfect for the Halloween season. Let me know what your favourite books are with creepy settings.
Come Closer – Sara Gran
This is an interesting novella about a woman who is slowly becoming possessed. The tension ramps up so achingly slow that you don’t really realise it’s happening, but what I love about the setting is that it feels like something that could actually be true.
Ghost Wall – Sarah Moss
This is the only non-horror on the list, but Sarah Moss’s descriptions of the ancient ruins were too perfect not to include.
It – Stephen King
Stephen King is great at creating back story and characters that I love (to hate), but Derry is so creepy. I love all the exposition we get in this novel, especially the stories of Neibolt Street, the standpipe and the Black Spot.
The Shining – Stephen King
Another of my favourite Stephen King novels, I couldn’t think of any worse place to spend my Winter than the cut-off Overlook Hotel. There’s a decomposing lady in the bathroom, creepy maze animals and some seriously disturbed twins. No thanks.
The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
The typical setting of a haunted house in a cut off location mixed with Susan Hill’s writing makes this a great novel to fit in before Halloween.