A Handful of Halloween Reads from Tramp Press

Happy Halloween /Oíche Shamhna sona daoibh go léir! Are you traipsing from house to house for sweets in a (new) mask today? We’re curled up indoors enjoying the atmosphere, eating sweets, and reading spooky books. Here are, in no particular order, some books from our list that make for a perfect Samhain read. You can get them from your favourite bookseller, or click the links below to get the ebook immediately.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s A Ghost in the Throat

If you haven’t yet read Doireann’s runaway success, then now’s a good time to get your hands on the new paperback edition, or just grab the ebook here. A story of a woman’s voice haunting another’s over many years, this stunning prose debut by Doireann Ní Ghríofa weaves two stories together. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem that reaches across the centuries to another poet. In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy in her own life. On encountering the poem, she becomes obsessed with finding out the rest of the story.

Sophie White’s Corpsing: My Body and Other Horror Shows

Scary in unexpected ways, Corpsing is a vivid and ambitious collection. Sophie White is a uniquely articulate witness to the horrors of grief, addiction, mental illness, and the casual and sometimes hilarious cruelty of life. This wonderful, shocking, heartbreaking read is nominated for an Irish Book Award this year. Get the ebook right now. You can also get it as an audiobook here!

I cannot keep it straight in my head that he’s dead.
I tell her about the two wasted days I spent trying to imagine how decomposed his body was, only to remember that we had cremated him, his body was no more. She turned back to me and took my wrist.
‘Well you know he’s here …’
I felt the familiar weariness I always get when confronted with other people’s spirituality, but then she finished,
‘ … in my house.’

Dorothy Macardle’s The Uninvited, The Unforeseen and Dark Enchantment

For a limited time, buy a three book bundle of Dorothy Macardle’s The Unforeseen, The Uninvited AND newly published Dark Enchantment for the incredibly special price of just €30.

The Unforeseen 

They would have burnt me in the Middle Ages … witches are a nuisance. They are dangerous.

In 1938, Virgilia Wilde, an Irish writer, leaves England to begin a new life in the tranquil setting of Wicklow with her daughter Nan. As strange visions threaten those around her, Virgilia must decide if she can intervene and prevent tragedies to come, or if her worst fears must play out as she helplessly looks on…

This follow-up to the critically acclaimed haunted-house novel The Uninvited is a sharply observed account of pre-World War II Dublin, as well as a darkly prophetic forecast of things to come. The Unforeseen reaffirms Macardle as Ireland’s answer to Shirley Jackson.

The Uninvited

Brother and sister Roderick and Pamela Fitzgerald flee their busy London lives for the beautiful but stormy Devon coastline. They are drawn to the suspiciously inexpensive Cliff End, feared amongst locals as a place of disturbance and ill omen.

Gradually, the Fitzgeralds learn of the mysterious deaths of Mary Meredith and another strange young woman. Together, they must unravel the mystery of Cliff End’s uncanny past – and keep the troubled young Stella, who was raised in the house as a baby, from returning to the nursery where something waits to tuck her in at night …

The second in Tramp’s Recovered Voices series, this strange, bone-chilling story was first published in 1942, and was adapted for the screen as one of Hollywood’s most successful ghost stories, The Uninvited, in 1944.

Dark Enchantment

The village which had so charmed her had grown sinister …

Exhausted after years of unhappiness, 20-year-old Juliet Cunningham is delighted to find herself living in a village in the French Alps. Recovering in the fresh air of the mountains, she becomes involved in local life. As Juliet makes new friends and meets fellow wanderers – such as the handsome young Michael – she hears of stories of witchery, of fortunes told, of spells, and murder … but are the rumours of the witch true, and can Juliet escape in time?

First published in 1953, Dark Enchantment evokes a magical pre-war France, and was written after Macardle’s other successful and influential novels The Uninvited and The Unforeseen.