5 Spooky Books for Fall
by Emerian Rich
The Vampyre by John William Polidori
Purportedly the very first fiction written about vampires in 1819 by a close friend to Byron, The Vampyre is a must read for any vampire enthusiast. Lord Ruthven is a suave British nobleman and vampyre. Since this book is in the public domain, you can read this for free at Project Gutenberg. There is also a free edition on Amazon Kindle as well as a free audio version through LibriVox.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe
Perhaps one of the most non-read famous books, Udolpho was spoken about in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Udolpho is like Loch Ness or Bigfoot for Austen fans. They’ve heard of it and wondered about it, but very few of us have actually tried to read it. A great Gothic novel in its own right, the book follows a girl who suffers the death of her father and supernatural terrorists in a gloomy castle. While the language is not for everyone because it’s written in old-style English, for those of you who can fight through it, you won’t be disappointed in the tale. You can get this public domain book on Amazon free…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.