In The AtticHalloween

Team One Book Lane’s Spooky Stories

Jo recommends…

Diane Setterfield’s Bellman and Black

“Bellman & Black is an unusual take on the ghost story. Yes, it’s dark and gothic and creepy. Yes, there are graveyard scenes and unexplained sounds in the dark. But then, there is so much more to it. It’s a seriously clever Victorian historical novel. A compelling and moving insight into grief and guilt. An enchanting look at the changing world of the industrial revolution. One man’s relentless descent into darkness, peppered with fragments of folk lore and fairy-tale. This is a book for anyone who wants to be unsettled and made cleverer at the same time.”


Sophie P recommends…

Essie Fox’s The Goddess and The Thief

“I love Essie Fox’s dark, compelling Victorian novels (her Virtual Victorian blog is also a treasure trove of curiosities) and The Goddess & the Thief is perfect Halloween reading for anyone who loves haunting historical fiction from the likes of Sarah Waters and Kate Mosse.

It’s a beautifully written twisty, turny mystery involving a cursed diamond, a handsome Indian prince and Queen Victoria. Anyone who prefers their Gothic fiction dark and mysterious rather than genuinely terrifying is in for a treat!”


Lucy recommends…

Kate Mosse’s The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales

“Kate Mosse has a talent for capturing the gothic and the atmospheric in nature and weaving them through the ages, and The Mistletoe Bride definitely doesn’t disappoint.  As a collection of ghostly short stories, The Mistletoe Bride is a perfect read for those cold, October nights and no doubt will cast a chill all on its own.

Inspired by ghost stories, traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France, every page of this wonderful collection is haunted by spirits and ghosts seeking revenge, by grief-stricken women and haunted men, all rooted in the elemental landscapes of Sussex, Brittany and the Languedoc. If you want a beautifully eerie and mesmerising read this Halloween, The Mistletoe Bride will be the first on your list!”


Jen recommends…

Sarah Pinborough’s Beauty

“Fan of Once Upon A Time? Love fairy tales? Then I can’t recommend highly enough Sarah Pinborough’s enchanting fairy tale novellas: Beauty, Posion, Charm. Retelling the classic stories of beauty and the beast, Snow White and Cinderella, these novellas will stay with you long past the final page. Sexy, dark and compelling this not your children’s bedtime tale.”


Jess recommends…

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Watcher in the Shadows

“Generally I’m not brave enough to venture into ghost stories, but I thought if Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote The Watcher in the Shadows with a younger audience in mind, how scary can it be?  The answer: very! Joining Irene and Ismael as they encounter the terrifying the world of reclusive toymaker Lazarus Jann and his demonic automatons, is a reading experience that shall stay with me forever.  As beautifully written as all of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books, The Watcher in the Shadows will keep you turning the pages well in to the night. I defy any reader young or old not to feel the hairs on the back of their neck stand on end as they do so…”


Sophie B recommends…

Paul Torday’s Two Eerie Tales of Suspense

“Paul Torday had a knack for writing the uncanny, which he announced in his third novel The Girl on the Landing. In Two Eerie Tales, he takes a couple of profoundly unsettling situations – a life on repeat and a boy afflicted by strange, disappearing marks on his hands and feet – and sets up two disturbing mysteries which can be read in a single sitting. After you’ve been thrilled and chilled by Two Eerie Tales, move on to Light Shining Through the Forest, Torday’s seventh novel, a spine-tingling tale where the fate of Theo is revealed.”


Jen recommends…

Joe Hill’s NOS4R2 and Horns

“If you like horror than you really should be reading Joe Hill!

Horns is a terrifying coming-of-age-love-story with a just a bit of devilry thrown in. A year ago Ig’s childhood sweetheart, Merrin, was brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Ig is the murderer, but is he? Unable to cope with the loss of Merrin he’s spent the year spiraling downward, until one morning after a night of epic drinking he wakes up with a pair of horns growing out of  his head. Because Ig would give anything to know what happened to Merrin and now the devil will have his due . . . This is one book you’re going to want to read before the film comes out!

Out in paperback next month NOS4R2 is another book to read with the lights on. I promise you, you’ll never be able to listen to Christmas music again without cringing. Trust me.”



Diane Setterfield

Born in Berkshire, Diane Setterfield was educated at Theale Green Comprehensive School and Bristol University. Her degree in French literature led her to teach in universities in England and France, where she lived for several years. Diane’s previous publications have been in the field of 19th and 20th century French literature, specialising in the writings of Andr? Gide. After returning to the UK, Diane ran a business teaching French to those intending to live in France. She lives in Oxford.

Essie Fox

Essie Fox divides her time between Windsor and Bow in the East End of London. Her debut novel, The Somnambulist, was selected for the Channel 4 Book Club and was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 National Book Awards.

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 42 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013).

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.