Happy Halloween to you all, I hope that you all have a fun and safe holiday. I'm not a huge fan of monster or horror novels, but I do have some that I have enjoyed some of those novels and they helped shape me as an author so I decided to give you my top 5 favorite Horror/Monster/Thriller novels for Halloween. If you haven't read some of these, please check them out.
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
This has always been one of my favorite stories of all time. Not only did Mary Shelly break barriers by being one of the first major female authors, she also broke the basic way authors approached the world by showing the prejudice that was placed on Frankenstein's monster by everyone that he encountered. Her grasp of reality was amazing and her willingness to push the boundaries of what was accepted made this book amazing.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is an amazing classic monster novel, that pushes the boundaries of what you think a monster should be. As you know from my writing and from all of my other suggested books, I love books that make me think and push the line on what is acceptable to talk about in books. Dracula is an amazing story and I would recommend reading this story to anyone who is intrigued by the scarier realm.
3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson is one of my favorite childhood authors and his books were always ones that challenge the way I saw the world. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was another one of his books that addresses the duplicate of people, turning this nature into the entire plot of his book. Growing up during my teenage years I often felt like Dr. Jekyll, I was a major nerd that was also extremely strong, so I compete in several violent sports while also taking advanced classes, putting me in a weird position to be the quiet nice guy that was a little nerdy by day, and someone who thrived on rage and destruction in the evenings.
While this isn't a novel, Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing author that created amazing stories in a short story or poem format that has to be mentioned when it comes to Halloween. The "Tell-Tale Heart" in particular is one of my favorite horror stories of all time. This is a perfect collection of works for this holiday, especially if you don't have a lot of time to enjoy a full novel.
5. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
While this isn't your traditional monsters, ghosts, and serial killers that are most common for Halloween, the mystery and thriller genre is a perfect fit for this classic novel. Alexandre Dumas is one of my favorite authors of all time and this book is an amazing rollercoaster thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while reading it. If you haven't read this yet, you should really check it out.