The past can be ugly. But part of the appeal of historical fiction is to get lost in a time that’s almost unrecognizable to modern readers. Add an author who is interested in exploring an especially gruesome period in history (of which there are many) or seeking to craft a hair-raising narrative, and you get a downright haunting work of art.
It’s officially “spooky season,” and for those looking to marry their two loves of history and the scarier side of life, have we got just the list for you. Dive in, discuss, and devour whatever titles below stir your soul.
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