Many readers determine their reading choices by the season. Summer, for example, brings the perfect weather for comedy or romance, while autumn provides a chill best accompanied by a chilling horror read. And then there's winter; the best time of the year for wrapping up indoors in front of a crackling fire with a good book in your hands, suitable for a multitude of thrilling genres all bookworms can enjoy. The coldest season is one most readers anticipate, as it provides us all with an excuse to enjoy the frosty months tucked away and buried in the pages. So, now that winter is here, we've made a short list of the best genres to get stuck into at this time of the year.
Horror is one of the most creative and emotionally stirring genres in fiction, with its origins dating back thousands of years, yet it is often also one of the most unfairly judged and misunderstood. Often mistakenly perceived as a mass of unpleasant tales with nothing to offer but macabre violence, horror regularly delves into the deepest and darkest depths of the human soul, touching on forbidden feelings, unsettling questions, and morbid philosophy. It is this bravery to pull back the curtain and look at the rawest subjects, subjects that other genres often dare not peak at, that makes horror (and literary horror fiction) arguably the bravest genre of all.
With Halloween just around the corner, there's no doubt that we're all beginning to feel the spooktober spirit. To celebrate one of the most exciting (and definitely the scariest) events of the year, we're hosting a giveaway of a vintage book on Magic and the Supernatural worth £40! The winner will be selected on the 31st of October, so make sure you get stuck in before the spookiest day of the year comes round.