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Halloween Gory Stories

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From witches and vampires to murderers, we have a perfect mix of dark characters that will set a chilling atmosphere for Halloween. So curl up with a black cat, light up all candles and let your imagination flow.

Dracula, Bram Stoker

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The legend of Dracula from Transylvania, passed through generations, inspired numerous film adaptations. Stoker creates a masterpiece of horror genre, venturing into the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. The book is partly composed of letters from different characters, which only increases the suspense.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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If this classic tale was not part of your school curriculum, you are in for a treat! The story told by Victor Von Frankenstein, a young and talented scientist, about the ‘monster’ he created from dead flesh in an unorthodox experiment leaves the readers in dismay. The fiend shows no mercy when he terrorises and murders Victor’s nearest and dearest.

In A Glass Darkly and other Ghostly Tales, Sheridan Le Fanu

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The apogee of Victorian ghostly fiction, the novel represents a collection of five stories, including renowned vampire tale Carmilla focusing on demonic female villain, who wickedly manipulates all of the virtues expected of women. Le Fanu describes precisely terrifying sensations felt as supernatural activities cross over into reality. For anyone who loves the psychological suspense and mystery.

The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux

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Joseph Rouletabille, a reporter with a gift to solve mysteries investigates attack on young girl taking place in a locked room with no means of escape and two subsequent attempts by the 'attacker' which end in the murder of the prime suspect. The book is full of twists and the solution rests on the past history of the key characters.

The Lodger, Marie Belloc Lowndes

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Gothic cautionary tale for adults warning of what might happen, if one were to take in a Lodger! The arrival of Mr Sleuth at the house of an elderly couple on Marylebone Road coincides with a spate of serial killings of women in the East End. This is a splendid story of the macabre that became the inspiration for Hitchcock's first movie, "The Lodger".

The Magpies, Mark Edwards

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When Jamie and Kirsty move into their new flat, their lives turn into a nightmare. Terrorised by their neighbours who play hoaxes on them, Jamie, Kirsty and their friends find themselves in grave danger. The police can't help, and Jamie starts to question how far he is willing to go to stop their neighbours from hell. Creepy beyond reality!

Look behind you, Sibel Hodge

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Chloe Benson wakes up kidnapped and bound in an underground tomb with no memory of how she got there. She manages to escape, but no one believes her story, not even her husband, Liam. When she suspects Liam is lying to her, Chloe is forced to retrace her past to find the truth and stay alive. But who is following Chloe?

A shade of a vampire, Bella Forest

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A quiet evening walk along a beach brings Sofia Claremont face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to an island uncharted by any map. Sofia's life changes dramatically, when she is selected to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. And in order to survive, she must do all within her power to win him over.

Macbeth, William Shakespeare

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Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies, encompassing witchcraft, bloody murder, ghostly apparitions as well as high poetry. The tale focuses on Scottish General, who encounters three witches casting a prophecy. Despite the warning, the main character lets his power and ambition blind him, turning him evil.

A Discovery Of Witches, Deborah Hackness

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Descended from an old line of witches, Diana comes across a bewitched manuscript in the course of her research. Sensing the significance of her discovery, a horde of daemons, witches and vampires gather in the library. Diana is drawn to a vampire geneticist without realising the ancient line she is about to cross.

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