A true friend is one who is by your side in a storm. While the storm in the quote is metaphorical, when there is a literal storm, my best friends are books and coffee.
Here are some books which I think make great companions when it’s dark and depressing outside. Not that they’ll cheer you up, necessarily, but like wine paired with food, they complement each other and make the experience more enjoyable.
1. The Hound of the Baskervilles : This Sherlock Holmes novel, set in the moors tells the tale of a terrifying beats that hunts the members of a cursed clan in the dark hours. Mysterious and dark, it is positively yummy! For an awsome bonus while reading listen to the song Kahin Deep Jale Dil, from the Bollywood movie Bees Saal Baad (1962), based on The Hound of the Baskervilles.
2. Murder on the Orient Express : Hercule Poirot solves the chilling murder of a passenger stabbed a dozen times on a train stranded by bad weather. A classic locked room mystery that keeps one guessing.
3. The works of Edgar Allan Poe : Pretty much anything by Poe is a great read when the weather is dark and dangerous. My favourites are The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and of couorse, The Raven. Exploring themes of guilt, fear and every other negative emotion, the horror in these tales is more human than supernatural. Psychological masterpieces, each one of them!
4. Bird Box: Speaking of psychological masterpieces, Josh Malerman’s Bird Box is an absolute favourite. Not quite a stormy read, but when the weather is so dark that you cannot see, this book dealing with horrors that are best left unseen, is perfect. A must-read if you have’t read it yet!
It is a spooky, stormy day where I live today and that is pretty much the kind of weather predicted over the next few days. To match the mood of the week, I’m reading this:
With stories by Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami, this promises to be a great companion.
What is your favourite dark and stormy read? Do tell – I’m always looking for something to read!