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Halloween reading list: the best ghost, vampire and horror stories

As Halloween season approaches, we have selected the best ghost, vampire and horror stories of all time. Everything you need to know about the underworld and the spooky shadowy characters.

perf5.250x8.000.inddGhost Stories by Charles Dickens

Frighteningly believable, spine-tingling stories of prophetic dreams and visions, as well as more fantastical adventures with goblins and apparitions. These short works display the imagination of a master storyteller given free rein.

Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909438064, Sovereign, 82 pp

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9781909175129Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A landmark work of romantic and gothic literature, as well as science fiction, the novel’s storyline emerged from a dream and Shelley’s own travels of the region in which the story unfolds. Mary Shelley started writing the story when she was just eighteen.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ISBN: 9781909175129, Fantastica, 188 pp

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9781907832529Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker’s finest Vampire novel, featuring Jonathan Harker, Professor Van Helsing, Wilhemina Murray, Lucy Westenra, Dr John Seward, Quincey Morris, Hon. Arthur Holmwood, Renfield, and Count Dracular. Set in Dracula’s crumbling castle on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia, an example of Victorian gothic novel defining modern form and style of vampire story telling.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781907832529, Egoist Press, 354 pp

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9781907832253The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov

story uncovering mysteries of haunted castle with reputation going back several centuries. The story takes you through events unfolding in St Petersburg in 1859 or 1860. Followed by a story of mysterious disappearance of 19th century nobleman from The Hunting Sketches by Ivan Turgenev.

The Ghost of the Engineers’ Castle by Nikolai Leskov, ISBN: 9781907832253, Fantastica, 55 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddCount Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Some of the best ghost stories including Count Magnus, Lost Hearts, Number 13, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and many more from the master of haunted houses and terrifying accounts of apparitions and other paranormal activities, M. R. James.

Count Magnus And Other Ghost Stories by M. R. James, ISBN: 9781909676404, Sovereign, 112 pp

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9781909904118Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton

The best of ghost stories from Edith Wharton, including: The Bolted Door, His Father’s Son, The Daunt Diana, The Debt, Full Circle, The Legend, The Eyes, The Blond Beast, Afterward, The Letters.

Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton, ISBN: 9781909904118, Sovereign, 236 pp

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9781909904385The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow… A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving, ISBN: 9781909904385, Fractal Press, 316 pp

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9781910150108The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

An amusing chronicle of the tribulations of the Ghost of Canterville Chase when his ancestral halls became the home of the American Minister to the Court of St. James.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, ISBN: 9781910150108, Sovereign, 68 pp

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9781910150443Viy by Nikolai Gogol

A young priest is preparing to spend three nights alone with the corpse of a dead witch and only his faith to protect him. He is ordered to supervise the waking of the dead witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. Join the priest on his journey in this Sovereign Classic edition of Viy.

Viy by Nikolai Gogol, ISBN: 9781910150443, Sovereign, 60 pp

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9781910558331The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

The White Worm is a large snake-like creature that dwells in the hole or pit in Arabella’s house located in Diana’s Grove. The White Worm has green glowing eyes and feeds on whatever is thrown to it in the pit. The White Worm ascends from the pit and seeks to attack Adam and Mimi Watford in a forest.

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558331, Egoist Press, 140 pp

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9781910558379The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker

Rupert Saint Leger inherits his uncle’s estate worth more than one million pounds, on condition that he live for a year in his uncle’s castle in the Land of the Blue Mountains on the Dalmatian coast.

The Lady of the Shroud by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558379, Egoist Press, 292 pp

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9781910558386The Man by Bram Stoker

Would you rather be an angel than a God? Miss Stephen Norman and Harold An Wolf are sitting in the graveyard of their town’s church, eavesdropping on the conversation of two little girls below them.

The Man by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558386, Egoist Press, 250 pp

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9781910558515A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: A Dream of Rend Hands, Crooken Sands, Old Hoggen, The Dualitists, The Man from Shorrox.

A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558515, Egoist Press, 92 pp

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9781910558522Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker

A collection of gothic stories from Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula featuring: Under the Sunset, The Rose Prince, The Invisible Giant, The Shadow Builder, How 7 Went Mad, Lies and Lilies, The Castle of the King, The Wondrous Child.

Under the Sunset by Bram Stoker, ISBN: 9781910558522, Egoist Press, 104 pp

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The Odyssey by Homer

The Greek hero Odysseus, also known as Ulysses in Roman myths is returning home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, who compete for Penelope’s hand in marriage. The Odyssey is one of the major ancient Greek epic poems, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest.

Homer is the author of the Iliad (ISBN: 9781910343371) and the Odyssey (ISBN: 9781910343364), and is revered as the greatest of Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

The Odyssey by Homer, ISBN: 9781910343364, Sovereign

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The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola Android eBook App


The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola eBook App

Denise comes to Paris to work as a saleswoman at the heart of retail innovation – a new department store which threatens the existence of all the neighbourhood shops. Octave, the owner of this successful megastore, has gathered silks, woolens, ready-made garments, accessories and furniture. His aim is to overwhelm the senses of his female customers, forcing them to spend more. As Octave continues to drive the traditional retailers who operate smaller, speciality shops out of business, he finds himself slowly falling in love with Denise. Download from Google Play  Google Play

About Emile Zola

Emile Zola was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France. Zola’s most popular work includes: The Ladies’ Paradise (ISBN: 9781910150191), Theresa Raquin (ISBN: 9781909904880), Nana (ISBN: 9781909904897), The Dream (ISBN: 9781909904903), His Masterpiece (ISBN: 9781909904910).

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Inferno by Dante Alighieri



Inferno by Dante Alighieri, ISBN: 9781909904002 (paper),  ISBN: 9781909904019 (eBook)

Thirty five years old Dante is lost in a dark wood, assailed by beasts he cannot evade. Dante is rescued by Virgil, and the two of them begin their journey to the underworld where each sin’s punishment is a contrapasso, a symbolic instance of poetic justice. Inferno is the first book in the Dante’s Divine Comedy trilogy. Dante’s Inferno is the original work which inspired Dan Brown’s Inferno novel, EA’s computer game Dante’s Inferno and an animated epic Dante’s Inferno.

Dante Alighieri was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. Dante’s Divine Comedy consists of three books: Inferno (ISBN: 9781909904002), Purgatory (ISBN: 9781909904026), Paradise (ISBN: 9781909904040). On the surface, the poem describes Dante’s travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents allegorically the soul’s journey towards God.

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