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In honor of the upcoming holidays, I decided to throw some chilling literary classics together with a few eerily entertaining YA novels!
THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO + CARRIE + FURY + ENVY: This is more than a pair, but they work so well together. Drama, the supernatural, chills, and revenge, these stories will pull you in with ease and leave you with chills by the time you've finished.
BLEAK HOUSE + THE DIVINERS: Featuring a large cast of characters and plenty of small eerie moments (or large eerie moments, if you're reading THE DIVINERS), these two were meant for each other. If you want a slightly eerie classic, you'll enjoy Dickens's novel. If you're looking to be terrified, up late at night, you'll want Bray's latest work.
JANE EYRE + JANE: Dive into the past with JANE EYRE and discover the mystery surrounding the gothic Thornfield manor. Or, try JANE, a retelling with fresh ideas while still maintaining the bare bones of the original story. Either way, it is easy to fall in love with these subtly spooky tales!
SHERLOCK HOLMES + THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER + TEN: You're probably wondering how these stories interrelate, and I'm sure it's a bit of a stretch. But, all three stories portray excellent mysteries and a delightfully eerie atmosphere. Start light with SHERLOCK HOLMES, move into psychological terror with MARA DYER, and try to survive on an island tormented by an unknown murder in TEN.
THE TELL-TALE HEART + NEVERMORE: I think any Poe tale would fit nicely with Kelly Creagh's creative NEVERMORE, which was inspired by Poe's works. Dark, eerie, and captivating, both will keep you up late at night.
DOCTOR FAUSTUS + DEVILISH: Never sell your soul to a devil, because you might not like what you receive in return. From darkly ominous (DOCTOR FAUSTUS) to delightfully diabolical (DEVILISH), you'll be entertained from start to finish.
INFERNO + BLEEDING VIOLET: Descend into a strange world, because in both of these texts, you're definitely in for something strange. From journeys through the circles of hell, to the odd town of Portero, it's easy to become hooked on these stories!
Which spooky YA and literary classic stories would you pair together? I was tempted to throw in DRACULA, but never having read it (I know, shame on me), I was not quite sure which novel it fit the best with...