Serious campus readers share their favorite spooky books for Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 13:00 in Psychology & Sociology

In the days before Halloween, we asked Min Jin Lee, Maria Tatar, and other serious campus readers to share with us the stories that have scared them most — and why. Min Jin Lee Catherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and author of “Pachinko” I’m a coward and can get spooked by my shadow, so I avoid stories and any visual media gory or frightening. Not a big fan of Halloween. Life and Washington, D.C., are plenty scary enough. That said, I am very interested in any narrative about a haunting love. I can think of few stories with the kind of obsessive romance that rival Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” — which has a ghost, forbidden desire, pathological love triangles, class and ethnic prejudices, intrigue, rivalries, and some good old-fashioned anguish. Catherine is kinda bonkers, but Heathcliff has the hots for her, and by gosh, he suffers for it. It’s...

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