Top Spooky Reads

To get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve put together a list of our top spooky reads which you can find at Lost in Books.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tricker or a treater, you can be sure to delve into these books and unleash the weird, the wonderful and the whimsical … and perhaps even the downright frightening.

The Switching Hour: Damaris Young

The Switching Hour by Damaris Young

What lurks in the dark? Monsters, bad dreams or the power to change the world as we know it completely? Well, in The Switching Hour, how about all three? This is a wonderfully atmospheric middle grade debut from Damaris Young, which tackles themes of loss, friendship and the universal childhood fear of the dark. When everything depends on the bravery of protagonist Amaya to rescue her little brother from a monster deep in the forest, she only has to remember one thing: Never let the outside in.

Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday: Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday

For those after a wickedly charming tale about a girl vampire with an appetite for adventure, Amelia Fang is the perfect read. With this book being the fourth in the series, the story follows Amelia and her friends as they discover an ancient curse during their half moon holiday. The only thing is, it turns them into teeny, tiny bugs. Join them in their mission to lift the curse before they’re stuck as bugs forever.

This treasured series is guaranteed to get little ones longing to be vampires and chasing after their own ghostly adventures.

Frankissstein: Jeanette Winterson

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

One of the biggest LGBT releases of 2019, this book echoes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a world where the dead are about to come back to life. Spanning from 1816 to the not so distant future, where the threat of artificial intelligence coming to life is abundantly real, this book from prolific author Jeanette Winterson was longlisted for the Booker Prize and is a dark satire on modern society today.

The Doll Factory: Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Despite the beautiful cover, this book is a spine chilling read filled with shadowy Victorian streets, forbidden love, and dark obsession. With a dazzling and determined heroine, The Doll Factory gives readers a glimpse into the world of the famous Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood and their artistry, Victorian class division and the unsettling secrets held deep within its streets.

The Institute: Stephen King

The Institute by Stephen King

The aptly named ‘King’ of horror fiction brings a new wave of fear to reader’s hearts with his new novel of 2019. Deep in the woods, kids with powerful and gifted abilities (think telekinesis and telepathy) are being abducted and held by scientists to develop a new technological advancement, but it seems two kids in particular are more than a match for their captors and it doesn’t take long before bravery, the fight for freedom, and relentless superpowers are unleashed with a vengeance.

The Familiars: Stacey Halls

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

What could be a better read at Halloween than a book set during the ominous witch trials of 1612? Drawing inspiration from the real-life witch trials that took place during King James I’s reign, join two young women in their quest for freedom and truth in a perilous time where their lives are at stake. This book is a powerful exploration of women’s perseverance, the bonds of friendship, and the search for power in a distorted and imbalanced world.

What will you be reading this Halloween?

We would like to thank Gem Hicks Photography for the beautiful cover image of this post.




Book Signing: Cornish Folk Tales of Place

We had the pleasure of welcoming Anna Chorlton, author of Cornish Folk Tales of Place, to our bookshop for a book signing this month.

It’s no secret that there are lots of books about the tales and myths of West Cornwall, but little is said about the stories which come from the East and the North. But Cornish places go hand in hand with old myths and legends and the East and North regions are no different.

So which stories lurk beneath the surface in the East and the North of Cornwall?

Well, Anna Chorlton’s Cornish Folk Tales of Place, will help you find out.

Author  Anna Chorlton

From magic and myth to saints and swords, Cornish Folk Tales of Place is a brilliant book filled with retellings of Cornish folk stories, some of which you may be familiar with, while others wait to be discovered.

The book, which Anna Chorlton wrote after being approached by The History Press for her work on Mazed Tales, is a wonderful example of how Cornish folklore can be told in a captivating and memorable way, suitable for all ages. Rich in Cornish history and myth, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about places in Cornwall filled with folklore.

Anna Chorlton talking about her book

Anna explained to her captivated audience it also serves as a fantastic travel book for visitors and locals alike, filled with short stories and ballads set in pockets of Cornwall.

With over 50 tales spanning from Bodmin to Bude, with many illustrations by children from Cornish schools, Anna revealed that her favourite story is about a bad-tempered witch from St Anthony, who tries to create a kindness spell using her dead neighbour’s leg. It’s said that her spirit still haunts St Anthony after the potion went disastrously wrong.

Cornish Piskeys by Looe school

Holding the book up, Anna showed us an illustration by children from Looe school, which was made using potato prints to create the charismatic piskeys. Almost every story features a charming illustration within its pages, either from Cornish school children or professional artists, to bring the words to life.

We were delighted to hear that, since its release, the book has also been read aloud in schools to help children learn about Cornish folklore and history – and definitely gone down a treat!

Anna’s work is a real Cornish gem and extremely helpful if you want to discover a little bit more about Cornwall, not to mention how to get out of a scrape with Cornish piskeys.

So when you find it, open its pages, sit back, and get lost in a world of Cornish myths and legends.

Cornish Folk Tales of Place is available at Lost in Books.

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