The midnight hour approaches. You lie in bed, try to sleep, but there is the howling  wind outside, the creak of a floorboard, scream of a cat, the ticking clock. Your heart beats, skin crawls, and despite yourself you reach for this book and enter a world like a nightmare, haunted by dark fears, guilty secrets and the bloody consequences of rage, revenge and obsession. You cannot tear yourself away, these tales will appall yet enthral you. No mere mortal can resist Poe, master of Gothic…

Stories for Halloween By Edgar Allan Poe from Random House UK

It is Halloween, and a museum is preparing for an unusual event: the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more

A Room Full of Bone (Ruth Galloway Elly Griffiths July 2012

Sadie Asquith has been fascinated by the dark past of Essex's witch hunts for as long as she can remember. But as she researches a book on the subject, Sadie experiences strange, ghostly visions

The second book we got this evening is Syd Moore's Witch Hunt. Before she read from her book, Syd told a fascinating story of over 500 witches killed in Essex alone between Mind-blowing story.

The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer: 'Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished.' In an isolated village three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there

The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer: 'Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished.' In an isolated village three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there

Two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, spend the summer with their ageing spinster aunt at Iyot House, her decaying home, deep in the damp lonely fens. When spoilt Leonora's birthday wish for a beautiful doll is thwarted, she unleashes a furious rage which haunts her quiet, subdued cousin for years afterwards and has dark and sinister consequences which neither can escape

Two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, spend the summer with their ageing spinster aunt at Iyot House, her decaying home, deep in the damp lonely fens. When spoilt Leonora's birthday wish for a beautiful doll is thwarted, she unleashes a furious rage which haunts her quiet, subdued cousin for years afterwards and has dark and sinister consequences which neither can escape

It's the weekend of Halloween, and PI John Craine has temporarily closed down his business and gone to stay in a rundown old hotel on Hale Island - a small, bleak island just off the coast of Essex. He's come to Hale to get away from it all - the memories and the guilt, and a past that just won't let go

It's the weekend of Halloween, and PI John Craine has temporarily closed down his business and gone to stay in a rundown old hotel on Hale Island - a small, bleak island just off the coast of Essex. He's come to Hale to get away from it all - the memories and the guilt, and a past that just won't let go

The Chicago vampires fear that they've reached a dead end. Anti-vampire riots have been erupting, instigated by a figure from the Siberian woods. As the chaos escalates, Homeland Security's newly created paranormal wing arrives to give Merit and Ethan backup. But the battle is just beginning

The Chicago vampires fear that they've reached a dead end. Anti-vampire riots have been erupting, instigated by a figure from the Siberian woods. As the chaos escalates, Homeland Security's newly created paranormal wing arrives to give Merit and Ethan backup. But the battle is just beginning


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