Over to English! I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, so thought it could be fun to partake. It is after all a meme I very much enjoy - I just seem to forget about it...
This week is a Hallowe'en freebie - and I've decided to go for a top ten of haunting novels or other texts. I am fond of the word haunting and am quite fond of things that are haunting - so there we are.
- First up, of course - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It wasn't by chance that it became a Hitchcock film... I absolutely love this novel. Such a skilful piece of work.
- The Virgin Suicides by fantastic Jeffrey Eugenides. There is something haunting throughout this wonderful novel.
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is not just a haunting novel - it appears that most of the members of the Compson family are indeed haunted themselves, in several ways. I love the Southern Gothic style and this is the epitome of it.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn must have a place here. Not only the actual crime which was committed, but the environment, the society, everything is haunting and decaying. And amazing.
- Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy is also very haunting to me. The feeling that someone is constantly out to get you - or well, not me, then - certainly qualifies in this category.
- My favourite novel, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, has an incredibly haunting element to it. The paranoia, or whatever I should call it, of the group is so well described that it really feels like you are there.
- Let the right one in by Swedish John Ajvide Lindqvist... well. It's got vampires. And not shimmering, pansy ones but really scary ones. Excellent.
- William Shakespeare deserves a place here, and nothing is more haunting to me than Macbeth. I vividly remember the first time I read it - I'm not one to be frightened by ghost stories per se, but this really did freak me out a little.
- Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children? Yes, I don't think I need to say much more. Peculiar children's home? It's haunting.
- I loved Paula Hawkins's The girl on the train - a big part of what I thought was so fantastic was the way in which an unreliable narrator makes everything haunting. You constantly have to be on guard with a narrator like Rachel - that creates an unbelievably eerie atmosphere.