Hey guys! Another Top 5 Wednesday post, yay! This week is favourite spooky settings which I think is incredibly awesome to talk about! It can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. It doesn’t necessarily have to be horror it can be eerie, atmospheric settings!
1) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
I absolutely love the Sherlock Holmes books but my all time favourite has to be The Hound of the Baskervilles. The setting was especially spooky because it’s set in the moors in the middle of nowhere. You can get completely lost there and when there are crazy people or monsters on the loose, it makes it even more scary! This was such a creepy book and it has a perfect spooky setting for this topic. It gave me goose bumps and had the hairs on the back of my neck rising! I was completely engrossed in the story and the setting. The atmosphere was just so spooky and the writing was incredible.
2) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This was actually set in London but the way Stevenson describes the streets and the people living on these streets… seriously creepy. It was kind of scary seeing the dark side to Mr. Hyde too and how monstrous he was! If you are looking for a horror book to read for Halloween, I would highly recommend this one. It’s not scary exactly it’s just majorly creepy and is perfect for Halloween.
3) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This book is obviously not scary but when you first start reading it… just by looking at the cover you think it’s going to be scary so you feel creeped out reading the first couple chapters. Admittedly, when we first saw the Hollowgasts I was very creeped out. It was a little scary and then when Jacob travels to creepy island to see the house only to find it in ruins but he searches through the rubble anyway… that was quite creepy.
4) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
I couldn’t not give this incredible book a mention! The start of this book gave me major goosebumps, it was so creepy! They wake up in a facility at the start of the book and walk into a room full of dead bodies hanging from the ceiling… it was so scary and James Dashner uses really vivid writing. There are cranks they encounter later on too underground and that was so scary to read, it gave me the creeps! This book had such a perfect setting and is definitely one of my favourite reads because of it. Anything with an apocalypse or a zombie apocalypse is a fantastic read for me.
4) The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Haunted house? Check. Vengeful spirit? Check. Mysterious past? Check. A haunted house is definitely something I like to see in spooky settings but getting a full spooky package? Perfect.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and I would love to know what some of your favourite spooky settings are! Have an awesome Halloween, everybody!