Happy Halloween!

I’ve always wanted to host a big Halloween party, with costumes and decorations and food and scary music. I really have to do that next year.

Instead, here are two really good, creepy books:

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. The best part about this book, as many people have pointed out, is that you never actually see anything. As with the movie The Blair Witch Project, you have to imagine pretty much everything that happens … and your imagination is far scarier than anything anything any writer or director can show you, because it’s what scares you (like the fear simulations in Divergent). Great book, very atmospheric and just creepy from start to finish.

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters. Not as quite creepy as it was made out to be when I was reading it, but it stuck with me. Might make a good movie someday, if some plot lines could be explored a little further.

And because you have to snack when you read, here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Dip that a friend shared with me about 10 years ago. It’s easy and good and has pumpkin in it — enough said. Serve with apple slices and ginger snaps.



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