INDEED I DO. My dear child, it is NEVER too early for Halloween, and I’m actually thinking of founding my own Halloweentown which — not unlike Frankenkmuth, Michigan where it is Chistmas all year long — it will always be Halloween.
Heavy can take a lot of forms when it comes to spooky stories but I think I know what you mean, in which case I shall direct you to a few of my very favorite magical witchy related readings in the form of comics. If you are not generally a fan of comics fear not — these are not your usual fare, and they are, I promise you, super fucking cool.
The first is a not very well known and sadly short lived but brilliant comic called Leave It To Chance.
I touch on it more fully in this post but it is, put simply, one of the best written, best illustrated, most fun and adventurous comics I have ever read. Chance is a young aspiring sorceress, daughter of one of the most powerful necromancers alive, determined to solve supernatural crimes her father thinks she is too young to be messing with. It’s fun and hilarious and full of magic and adventure. Visit your local used comic shop or look for it used on Amazon in a trade paperback. There are 3 volumes: 1: Shaman’s Rain, 2: Trick or Threat, 3: Monster Madness. All are worth it!
The second recommendation is the understandably famous Hellboy.
The movies were a lot of fun, but to really get into the world, you need to read the comics, absorb the art of Mike Mignola, and not only take in the cool origin story of Hellboy and his unique sense of humor and style, but my favorite part of all — the fables and lore explored through the stories. Mignola used real legends to tell a lot of Hellboy’s adventures, having him face off against Baba Yaga or some leviathan horror. I recommend The Chained Coffin for a start, but you can really pick it up anywhere. Though the art is dark and dramatic, the themes are never too heavy to handle. Hellboy punches his way through his problems and laughs it off! Also he loves cats.
Last one is a short series of four comic books based on the show Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, a collection called Witches.
Some of these might be a bit dark, but oh, some are so gorgeous! You can see inside one of the comics and read my full review of it here!
There was a different writer and a different artist for each of the four comics, but they each did such a beautiful job crafting the stories, making them less like a comic and more like a storybook, one suited to each particular tale. Though the series is done now, local comic shops may keep back issues of them, or you might find the complete set on ebay or Amazon. It is very worth it, particularly the first issue and the very last one, which is a Baba Yaga story.
I hope this gave you some good reading material!