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Best Spooky Settings
Happy Halloween everybody!!
As I think everyone knows by now I am not a massive fan of scary books and read very few but I am a fan of gothic novels with a slightly uneasy edge to them!
And I feel that the creepiest setting for that type of book HAS to be a creeky, old house! And it’s made even more scary if the house is secluded on either a wind swept island or in the middle of a foggy moor!!!
I found the setting of Wuthering Heights to be super scary and added such atmosphere to the book. The book is set in the Yorkshire Moors in Northern England and to me the moors felt as if they were as important as the characters of Heathcliff and Cathy. The descriptions of the wild moors, the weather… it really mirrored the wildness of Cathy and Heathcliff. How they could never be constrained by things such as civility or decorum.
Another creepy thriller that I read with an amazingly unsettling setting was The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne. In the book a family move to an isolated island off the coast of Scotland and I swear the howling of the wind and the dreariness of the weather really amped up the tension of that novel. The island really provided a very atmospheric background for all the weird occurrences of the novel and the isolation of the family from civilisation put a magnifying glass on to the disintegrating relationship between the husband and wife and causes all sorts of mistrust between the two.
What are the best spooky settings in your opinion? Let’s chat in the comments below!