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The best of October, for me, are the cosy nights in, wrapped in my favourite blanket and comfiest sweats with a cup of tea (or hot chocolate) diving into various fictional worlds. Whether it is a book, a tv-show or a film you can’t beat the October cosiness, especially with a hint of suspense, horror and thriller. I have put together a list of books, shows and films perfect for this time of year. As per usual some of these are oldies but goodies and some are on my to-watch/read list. 


  • Vampire Diaries and all of its spin-offs 
    (Vampire Diaries available until the 1st November on Netflix UK)

There’s no other show out there that gives me a better October feel than the TVD world. I have been rewatching it all from the beginning and would highly recommend you join me whether you have watched it or it’s your first time. 

The great thing about AHS is that each season has a completely different story. So you can choose which storyline you fancy the most without having to watch it all. My favourites are Coven (very much like TVD in my opinion); Asylum and Murder House. 

This show reimagines the world of the Shirley Jackson novel, following siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in the country. It made me jump a few times!

  • Ratched

Ratched is another great show by the one and only Ryan Murphy. This physiological thriller is set in a mental institution in the 40s. I have only just started so no spoilers! 


So, So, So good. The storyline is so freaking twisted. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Mostly guessing what the hell is going on! 

Love this film, the cast and story are 5 stars. I highly recommend it. Brad Pitt as a vampire, that’s all I have to say.  

An Hitchock masterpiece if you ask me. The story is dark (as I’m sure you all know) but the cinematography is priceless. I recommend some popcorn, a blanket and something, or better yet, someone to hold on to. 

Ok so, some people say this isn’t that scary but I couldn’t sleep for a couple of days after watching it. Probably because I do enjoy camping and being out in nature… so hit closer to home…? Maybe. I don’t know. But this story follows a group of students that head to the woods to find out the mysteries behind the Blair Witch incidents.  


I haven’t yet read any of the books below but I’ve already ordered all of them. Can’t wait!

Set in the 90s a women’s book club must protect its community from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking demon. So up my street with vampires and set in the 90s! 

This is a collection of four short stories by Stephen King. I’m hoping this will be a true Stephen King with entertaining and mesmerising stories.

This book explores the secrets of a run down off-the-road motel set in 1982. It promises fascinating characters in a mysterious setting. 

What are your favourite Horror books, tv-shows and films?

Have a spooky season!


Posted by:Carolina Filipe

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