Yet to Read Horrifically Haunted Buildings

Yet to Read is the weekly meme where I take a lot at books on my shelves (physical and digital) that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet and books on my wishlist that I’ve wanted to add to my shelves for a while. I link these posts up to Can’t Wait Wednesday and Shelf Control!

From the Shelves

I’m not sure I’ve seen anybody talking about Wakenhyrst but to be fair, it released when I was firmly not paying attention the the book world. I grabbed it cheap on Kindle at some point because the premise intrigued the hell out of me.

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

“Something has been let loose…”

In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.

From the Wishlist

I’ve been getting back into horror in recent years. Loved it as a kid and just got too anxious for it in my twenties but now I’m back into it and I haven’t read a single Stephen King novel. Whether he will or won’t be my cup of tea, I don’t know yet but I’d like to start from the beginning and those who know me should know how much I love a haunted hotel.

Everybody knows The Shining. If you haven’t read the book (like me), you’ve at least heard of the absolute classic movie featuring Jack Nicholson, and perhaps the more recent sequel, Doctor Sleep.

The Shining by Stephen King

Danny is only five years old but in the words of Old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner,’ aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that too is beginning to shine.


Have you read either of these? Are you a Stephen King fan or find him overrated? What’s your favourite story about a haunted building? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I’ve never heard of Wakenhyrst, but the cover and synopsis are really intriguing! I’m a King fan, and I love The Shining. (The movie is scary and iconic for sure, but the book is actually way better and terrifying in its own way.) I do love his writing — his books have gotten deeper and more complex over time, but I even love his earlier books that are more straight-up horror. (Except Cujo. I hate that book.)

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    1. Second or third! Carrie was first, for sure, then it was The Shining/Salem’s Lot. Don’t recall which came first but super early, for sure! And I definitely will some day, it’s up there in the King priority list.

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