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For Halloween every year, I try reading some horror stories and watch some horror movies. With respect to reading, I am a completist – I try reading a book till the end before picking my next book. Even if I read a collection of stories or an anthology, this is how I read. I almost never read two books at the same time. Today, I decided to change things a little bit. I decided to pick a few books and read one or two stories from each of them. I wanted to see how it would be to read out of my comfort zone. These are the books I picked.

(1) A Wild Swan and other tales by Michael Cunningham

(2) The Power of Darkness : Tales of Terror by Edith Nesbit

(3) The PAN Book of Horror Stories

(4) The Call of Cthulhu by H.P.Lovecraft

(5) Dracula by Bram Stoker

Michael Cunningham’s book was a retelling of famous fairytales. I read a couple of stories from it and they were interesting, but nothing home to write about. The artwork was gorgeous though.

Edith Nesbit’s book was interesting because this is the first time I am reading horror stories by her. I read three stories from this book and there was one common theme across them – they were all love stories and they had sad endings. I liked them. I want to read more of her stories.

The PAN anthology had a wide variety of horror stories covering different themes. I read ten of the stories. I couldn’t stop reading this book. It was very interesting. I hadn’t heard of most of the writers featured in the book except for Bram Stoker, Muriel Spark and maybe L.P.Hartley. So it was nice to discover new-to-me horror writers.

I also read a few pages from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, my alltime favourite vampire novel. I wanted to read Lovecraft’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, but unfortunately, it was too late and my time was up.

To add icing to the cake, I also watched the movie ‘The Conjuring‘. It was scary and enjoyable.

So, that is how my Halloween went 🙂 What did you do for Halloween? Did you read anything? Did you watch a horror movie? Did you put on costumes and go trick-or-treating?

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