Read, Watch, Listen: Halloween 2017 Edition

I’ll be honest, I’ve never celebrated Halloween in earnest. I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere where the end of October is synonymous with sunshine at 7PM and spring flowers, which is completely at odds with thoughts of witching hour and horror movies. I always love an excuse to sink into a dark story, though – so I celebrate Halloween by consuming atmospheric books, scary podcasts, and watching thrillers. Read on if you would like to know what I’ve been checking out this October!

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1. The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This high-concept horror from Tade Thompson is this season’s quintessential Halloween read. Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds, a doppleganger appears and is hell-bent on her destruction. The narration is at times chilling in its clinical detachment, at other times heartrending in Molly’s palpable sense of isolation. Put this on your Halloween reading list immediately, especially if you delight in a dark and twisted thrillers.
Content Warning: Self-harm.

2. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

There’s nothing quite like a whodunnit to get me into the spirit of this season. I’m mildly embarrassed to admit that this is my first encounter with Poirot and Agatha Christie – but it certainly won’t be my last. Meticulously plotted and filled with memorable characters, this mystery fooled me many times over – I have to say, I can sympathise with Hastings!
Content Warning: Two instances of racial slurs, the n-word and the g-word.

3. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie Mclemore

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

How could a book so completely adorned in flowers be suitable for Halloween season, I can already hear you say. Hear me out, it fits:Wild Beauty contains a dark magnetism, filled with whispers of disappearing lovers and young men raised from the earth. It’s something I definitely recommend reaching for if you want a little magic this Halloween.


L I S T E N

4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, narrated by Christie Morven

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Burial Rites is a fictional account of the last days of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. The bleak landscape of Iceland and haunting atmosphere of this novel makes for a perfect Halloween read. It’s also a fitting tribute to all the women throughout history who have been villainised for their intelligence and ambitions. I highly recommend the audiobook, the excellent narrator adds another dimension to the story.

5. Black Hands Podcast, written by Martin van Beynens

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Blog readers who grew up in New Zealand will remember the infamous Bain family murders that shook the country. The family’s only surviving member, David Bain, was charged for all five counts of murder in 1995, and subsequently acquitted of all charges in a retrial in 2009. This podcast explores the case in intimate details, laying out the events that led up to this horrific family tragedy.

6. Cults Podcast, written by Parcast Network

Rating: 3/5 Stars

This podcast explores different infamous cults throughout America, detailing the history of their founders and how they manipulate their followers. The first episodes focused on the Manson family. It’s a little scarce on information, but if you’re curious about cults, it’s worth checking out.


W A T C H

6. Big Little Lies

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This mini series quickly became one of my favourite book-to-tv adaptations, it manages to capture all of the complexities of the novel and added layers of its own. It’s dark, it’s twisty, it’s hilarious, it’s full of heart, and has a killer cast of women – I recommend both the book and the TV show.

7. Mindhunter

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Rating: TBD, so far 3.5/5 Stars

Mindhunter follows an FBI investigator in the late 1970s as he tries to apply psychology to crime investigation. The cinematography is excellent, and the writing is absorbing — it features multiple real-life crime cases and seems to stay true to them. However, there’s barely any notable female characters, so I can’t quite become fully invested.



So that’s all for now! I am also very excited for the upcoming release of Stranger Things 2 to round out my Halloween month. What are you all reading/listening/watching this month?

27 thoughts on “Read, Watch, Listen: Halloween 2017 Edition

  1. Ooh my copy of Wild Beauty JUST arrived and I’m glad I’m reading it in the right season then. Although like saaaame with it not really being the spooky weather the Americans have.😂 I mean we’re not harvesting in Australia so it’s just a bit weird when Oz tries so desperately to do Halloween. (However I do love pumpkins.) ALSO STRANGER THINGS. 😍

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    1. I am much amused by all of the giant pumpkins they’re trying to sell at Coles, who’s going to buy them?! Yesss read Wild Beauty immediately, I loved it so much and it’s the darkest of her books so far.
      I HAVE CLEARED MY CALENDAR FOR STRANGER THINGS, YESSSS.

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  2. Never really celebrated Halloween since there’s no fall in the country where I am and it wasn’t really traditionally celebrated here until lately. Your list looks great, would give them a try once I’m corageous enough😂

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  3. I love your graphic; it’s so cute! I’ve never really celebrated Halloween either. While it is Autumn here, Halloween is just not as big of a thing as in say the US or UK. I want to read Wild Beauty really badly, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get to it during the Halloween season unfortunately

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  4. The Murders of Molly Southbourne sounds soo good! I’m definitely adding it to my to read list 🙂

    I sort of get what you mean by Halloween not really being a big deal because I’m in the UK and Halloween only starting being a lot bigger in recent years.

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  5. This is a perfect post for me. I have been meaning to get into podcasts and True Crime is so addicting. Your description of Wild Beauty also intrigued me! I really like magical realism but everything else I’ve read about it has been unappealing. I’ll have to check it out!

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  6. This is an awesome list!! I’m currently watching the Magicians season 1, which is rather spooky/odd, and I’m planning to watch Stranger Thigs as soon as I finish the former!
    I’ve read a few thrillers recently but the only spooky book that I’ve really loved has to be Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. It’s a graphic novel of short stories, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and it definitely gave me some chills. 🙂

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  7. I still need to get to Burial Rites, because it’s set in Iceland. ALSO YES I AM EXCITED FOR STRANGER THINGS 2. I’ll probably just binge watch it right when it releases, which never happens.

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  8. I haven’t bothered with Mindhunter cause it looked like a bro-fest. If I see a trailer full of men I am instantly out haha.

    That first book about the doppelgager looks intriguing! My favourite horror books are the John Dies at the End series by David Wong. The latest one is actually called What the Hell Did I Just Read? which is a pretty accurate representation of the series as a whole.

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