Halloween/Fall Themed Reading List
October, and more specifically Halloween, is a time of mystery, magic, and macabre, making it the ideal circumstance to explore the hauntingly beautiful works of Charles Causley and the mystical allure of Cornwall. This curated reading list combines elements from Causley’s poignant poetry, including similarly themed poets, with the mysterious charm of Cornwall, promising a fascinating literary journey for those who seek to delve into its pages:
“Collected Poems” by Charles Causley: This comprehensive collection offers a captivating overview of Causley’s poetic genius. It includes his renowned works that reflect the essence of Cornwall, alongside haunting verses that delve into the depths of human emotions and the mysteries of life. His poems’ blend of innocence and darkness makes it a perfect read for Halloween.
“The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry,” edited by Brian Patten: This anthology captures the spirit of childhood and the whimsical essence that echoes Causley’s style. Filled with imaginative and eerie verses from various poets, including Causley, it offers a delightful mix of spooky and playful poetry, perfect for the Halloween atmosphere and children.
“The Museum of Witchcraft: A Magical History” by Kerrian Godwin: Godwin immerses readers in the world and history of witchcraft and the occult found in the Museum and Boscastle. Set against the backdrop of Cornwall, the book sheds light on the region’s rich history of magic and superstitions, resonating with the mystical elements often found in Causley’s works.
“The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas, False Lights and Plundered Ships” by Bella Bathurst: Bathurst gives a historical account of the treacherous world of shipwrecking along the Cornwall coast in this gripping non-fiction narrative. With its tales of dangerous storms, false lights, and mysterious disappearances, the book offers a thrilling blend of history and suspense, evoking the haunting maritime themes often associated with Cornwall’s folklore.
“Cornwall: A History” by Philip Payton: Explore the rich tapestry of Cornwall’s history, from its ancient origins to its modern-day allure. This comprehensive exploration of Cornwall’s past, culture, and folklore is invaluable to understanding the cultural backdrop against which Causley’s poetry is set, providing insight into the region’s enigmatic charm and timeless appeal.
“The Dark Is Rising” by Susan Cooper: While not directly connected to Charles Causley, this quintessential dark fantasy novel and series weaves a captivating tale of ancient magic, mythical battles, and a timeless struggle between the forces of Light and Dark. Set against the haunting landscape of Cornwall, the book captures the essence of ancient folklore and mystery, making it a perfect Halloween read.
This eclectic Halloween reading list invites you to delve into the mystical world of Cornwall, its rich history, and the timeless themes and evocative poetry that resonate with the works of Charles Causley. Whether you are drawn to the eerie allure of the supernatural or the deep introspection of human emotions, these carefully curated works promise to enchant and bewitch your imagination as you celebrate the spirit of Halloween and October.