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Getting into the Halloween *spirit*? Try these 10 picks for Halloween

Halloween is approaching so we thought we’d share 10 things you can find in the Library (or as ebooks via the Library catalogue) to get you in the mood. Perfect for unwinding after a day’s studying.

  1. Let’s start with a classic horror story – Frankenstein. Hands up who has actually read the book? You’re spoilt for choice as we have several copies of Mary Shelley’s text as well as DVDs and loads of literary criticism. Here’s a couple of links to get you started: Frankenstein; the 1818 text, contexts, criticism and Frankenstein (DVD)
  1. Want to learn about the folklore and myth behind some well-known horror films? Try this! Film, folklore, and urban legends
  1. Have you seen the Simpson’s episode where they retell the spooky Edgar Allan Poe poem The Raven? Well there have been lots more retellings and adaptations of Poe’s famously macabre stories and poems. Find out more: Adapting Poe; Re-imaginings in popular culture
  1. For the history of Halloween, there’s Halloween: from pagan ritual to party night
  1. When you think of Halloween, do you think of ghost stories? If so, then maybe this is for you: Ghost story
  1. Carrying on the ghost theme, there’s Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween
  1. Ready for some more reading on the horror film genre? With a name like Games of terror – why not try this book?! Games of terror : Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the films of the stalker cycle
  1. Anyone remember the children’s books Goosebumps? We’ve got Attack of the Jack O’Lanterns and a number of other Halloween books in the Schools Collection
  1. Got a question about Halloween customs? You might find some answers here: A dictionary of superstitions
  2. To end our list, another classic book. Again, there’s various print and ebook copies to choose from, here’s just one: Dracula

If this hasn’t sent you quivering in fear behind the sofa, why not take a study break on 31st October and come along to one of the Library’s Halloween events? Try some Halloween activities, learn more about Halloween history and traditions around the world, plus of course join us for some food and drink!

For postgrads: 12-2pm PG Hub – spooky silhouette crafting & make your own tealight holder to tell ghost stories by. Enjoy some wickedly good refreshments whilst watching a scary film or two.

For all students: 5-7pm Library Seminar Room – face painting, Halloween crafts and games. More wickedly good refreshments.

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