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It’s October 31, which means you’re primed for all things spooky, right?

My recommendation is We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the gothic novel by Shirley Jackson.

This is one of my favorite books. As with all well-written gothic novels, its atmosphere is palpable.

Our narrator is Mary Katherine Blackwood (a.k.a. “Merricat”), a young woman who lives with her reclusive sister and crazy uncle in a town that eyes them with suspicion. The Blackwoods have fallen from grace, though you’re not sure how — not at first, anyway. All you know is that everyone else in the family is dead and something is “off” with the Blackwood survivors.

Are you in the mood to creep yourself out? Settle down with this book and make yourself painfully uncomfortable.

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