You guys may or may not know this, but Halloween is kind of my favorite holiday. I thought it would be a perfect time to give you guys a little treat, in the form of a themed recs list. I did a few of these way back in the beginning of the domain, but those lists have been lost. So let’s just pretend this is the first!
And of course, since it’s Halloween, the list is spooky, ghoulish and full of all sorts of creepy crawlies. Of course, the Yellow Walkie Talkie was a good source for that sort of story back in the day, but few of those links still work. I’ve tried to find some newer, or at least still active, links to some of all the awesome Halloweeny hanfic stories out there. And here they are, below the jump.
These are my favorite supernatural creatures. I love basically any story that features them!
Without a doubt, the number one vampire hanfic is Krystal’s Vampire Trilogy. That’s a bit of a misnomer now, since the third story isn’t available online anymore. The stories are fantastic, though. There’s a richly detailed vampire world and Krystal’s fantastic portrayal of the Hanson family’s relationships. What more could you ask for?
Family Ties by Renee P., which is set in the antebellum south and features all three Hanson boys as vampires.
Twelve Stops And Home by Aeryn, which gets bonus points for also featuring werewolves.
Vampyre by Brittani. Not the most creative title, but who can complain about a story where Taylor is a vampire… or “vampyre?”
These aren’t quite as common in the hanfic world, but there are still a few good ones out there. My choice for this genre is Jenna’s gothic novel Duplicate. She absolutely nails the creepiness and suspense that make stories like Edgar Allen Poe’s just so scary. Is the new house Taylor’s family just moved into haunted… or is something else going on? Read the story to find out!
Fire and Ice by Avalon. Short and smutty, with a hint of a ghost story. A little cliche, but who cares when it’s that hot?
Portrait of a Damaged Family by Holly. This is a great, but short, story about Isaac moving into a haunted house. The suspense is great, but I wish it was longer — and finished!
Song For A Friend by Akimbie. Like the previous story, this one’s unfinished, but it was off to a great (and horrifying) start as well. Is Zac’s dead best friend haunting him?
Why aren’t there more of these in hanfic? Zombies are pretty trendy these days, so I think that definitely needs to happen.
Renee P.’s a big horror fan, if you hadn’t guessed, so her story Music of the Dead has to be at the top of my list here. It’s a quick but fun zombie read that has the bonus of being set in my home state, Kentucky. The zombie apocalypse would start in the Bluegrass state, wouldn’t it?
Sickness by Elizabeth. The prequel to a longer story (to come soon), this is essentially Hanson thrown into the plot of The Walking Dead, with a few changes.
Taylor Hanson Nearly Started the Apocalypse (and Isaac Kinda Helped) by Flash. I’m sad to say that a longer story she began as a spinoff of this oneshot was never finished and has disappeared from the web. It’s still a nice standalone piece, though.
Other Horror Stories
Halloween isn’t just about the creepy creatures, though! It’s a great time for any sort of scary tale, and here are a few of the best.
Cloud Shapes by Leigh. Sort of a ghost story, sort of not. Ghosts, fallen angels, a creepy old mansion… oh, and Zaylor. This story has everything, except an ending.
Conundrum by Stephanie. A classic from Club Albertane (better known as the Yellow Walkie Talkie). A little ghost story, a little suspense, a little mystery.
The Crow: The Messenger by Ree. Yes, a Hanson/Crow crossover, featuring Zac as The Crow. Ree’s dark, lyrical writing is perfect for this sort of horror story.
Going Bush Series by Aimster is a series that throws Hanson into several horrifying situations all over the globe.
Kittens Are Either With Us Or Against Us, with its nonsensical title, also has some of the most detailed, gory scenes of any hanfic I’ve ever read. If Taylor the serial killer sounds like something you might enjoy, then have at it.
Under Dust Painted Skies by Brittney is a great mystery that also has a bit of romance, and plenty of suspense. After his wife is murdered, Zac becomes a shut-in, but his suspicion that his neighbor is a serial killer forces him to get over his fear.
I hope you guys enjoy these stories! I suggest reading them with lots of candy at hand and all the lights on 😉