Hello my fellow bookworms! Today, I am taking part in this week’s TTT topic, which is: Favourite Book Settings. As it is now October, and the second month of the R.I.P reading event, I thought I would share with you 10 of my favourite spooky book settings, to get us all in the mood:
👻 Old Country Houses – Not much beats a big, old, rambling house set out in the countryside or wilds, full of rooms, suspects and secrets for a great gothic tale. Some great examples being Manderley of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and Hill House of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.
👻 Woods – You never know what could be lurking in the oldest, darkest spots of an ancient and twisted wood, such as The Dark Forest of J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter books, Mirkwood of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the ghostly lantern in the woods of Susanna Kearsley’s Bellewether.
👻 Circus/Carnival/Fun Fair – There is nothing quite as creepy as a quiet, deserted circus/carnival/fun fair, with its gaudy decorations and creaking attractions, as epitomised by the sinister travelling carnival in Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes that appears suddenly in the night.
👻 Castles – With their soaring towers, echoey halls, dark dungeons and remote locations, castles are great hang outs for ghouls and villains, such as the malicious ghost in Linda Gillard’s Cauldstane and the undead lord himself, high in the Transylvanian mountains, in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
👻 Small Isolated Communities – These small isolated communities are cut off from help like in Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds and ripe for fear, paranoia and superstition as in Karen Maitland’s The Plague Charmer and Niamh Boyce’s Her Kind.
👻 Parallel Worlds – So like our own world, but not quite right that they give us an uneasy and off-kilter feeling, employed expertly by Stephen King in his epic, dark fantasy series The Dark Tower, with its mind-bending blend of wild west, magic, monsters and old malfunctioning technology.
👻 Smoggy Victorian Streets – With the swirling smog and only guttering gas lamps to see by anything could be lurking on the streets of the Victorian age, from murderers and thieves in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, to evil geniuses in Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
👻 Moorlands – Be careful when out on the lonely, desolate and wild moors, where you might come across the diabolical dog of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, the ghostly carriage of Laurie R. King’s The Moor, or the ruthless smugglers of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn.
👻 ‘The Deep South’ – In this sultry mixing pot of peoples, cultures, food, history and voodoo, it feels like anything is possible! Including murder-most-foul in D.J. Donaldson’s Assassination at Bayou Sauvage, as well as the bloodthirsty exploits of vampires in Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries.
👻 Theatres – Much like my earlier choice of a circus/fun fair, theatres are so eerie once the show has ended, the crowds have gone and the lights are off! Captured perfectly in Gaston Leroux ‘s The Phantom of the Opera, as this tortured fiend stalks the endless backstage and underground rooms and passages.
(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday)
Do you like my choices of spooky book settings? What spooky settings would you choose? Any recommendations of books I should read with these settings? Please let me know in the comments and also leave a link for your own TTT post if you have joined in, too.