Three unsettling classics for you to have and to hold this Halloween.
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC BY V.C. ANDREWS
If you have never come across this book in your pre-teen years, count yourself blessed. First published in 1979, Flowers in the Attic was the illicit naughty book that had both brave girls and adults whispering. We won’t give away too much of the story, but it involves a narcissistic mother, a sadistic grandmother, and incest.
LOLITA BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV
Nabokov’s work tells the story of a man who marries a woman to get close to her 12-year-old daughter. There is almost a sense of voyeurism as the reader gets a glimpse into the psyche of a pedophile, enough to leave you feeling like a creep yourself.
IT BY STEPHEN KING
The creepy clown trend dates back all the way to the 80s, when Stephen King first published It. The narrative takes place over two different timelines, when the characters carry their fear into adulthood. This coming-of-age read is one that discusses childhood trauma and the power of memory.