Spooktacular stories, part BOO!
As today is All Hallows' Eve, we thought we'd return with a round-up of some nail-biting, spine-chilling, spooky tales for your delight!
So let's begin with a poem: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!" Lewis Carol maybe better known for Alice in Wonderland, but his poem Jabberwocky is a must for the brave!
Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher follows our unnamed narrator into a gloomy and mysterious house which has an atmosphere of disease and evil. We join him as he wanders through the spooky house as he tries to find out what has happened to his friend.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles (which features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List), follows Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, as they tackle the apparently supernatural mystery of the death of Sir Baskerville. Set amongst the eerie Dartmoor landscape, can a devil hound really be the cause?
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, follows our heroine as she falls in love with a rich older man and marries him. As she returns to his Cornish mansion, her fairytale begins to take a sinister turn, first with the menacing housekeeper and then the haunting presence of her husband's first wife. But what happened to her?
For fans of the supernatural, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight is a love story with a twist as our heroine falls for a vampire, leading her into terrifying situations no mere mortal should face.
Few books are as chilling as Roald Dahl's The Witches about horrifying creatures who seek to kill human children. The witches may be ghastly but spend their time in disguise. How will our hero escape being killed or turned into a mouse?
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo follows a clever and very brave mouse into the woods. Along his walk he meets lots of scary animals, eventually meeting the scariest of them all, the Gruffalo!
There are several spooky and supernatural tales featured on the Kumon Recommended Reading List, so take a look for more inspiration and some terrifying stories to sink your teeth into.