It’s getting close to Halloween, and that means it’s time for all things scary! This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cool Fall weather, haunted houses, watching scary movies, and reading scary books. This month I’ve decided to give some recommendations for creepy books to read in October to get you excited for Halloween, and maybe scare you a little bit!
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – This is such a classic, I can’t make a list and NOT include it. The stories themselves weren’t too bad, but the illustrations terrified me. High Beams & Harold were the scariest ones.
- Anna Dressed in Blood – A boy who’s mission is to kill ghosts, and a house haunted by a violent ghost sounds like the perfect Halloween book! This novel is creepy, surprisingly gory, and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle – A young girl, her sister, and uncle live alone on their estate after the rest of their family died from arsenic poisoning. This book is about how a haunted house becomes “haunted”. Not only is the book good, but the cover is amazing.
- Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – This one is an anthology, so instead of being scared by one story, you can be scared by FOURTEEN. I haven’t finished the book yet, but the stories I’ve read were awesome, and creepy.
- The Shining – REDRUM. We all know what The Shining is about, a family staying alone in a hotel over winter. They think it’ll be a good for their family, but things don’t go according to plan. I love the movie and the book, and can’t wait to reread and watch them again this Halloween season!
- The Madman’s Daughter – Juliet tries to hide her family’s past, which is easier now that her father is gone. When she finds out he’s still alive and living alone on an island where he’s still experimenting on animals, she goes to visit and is surprised at what her father has accomplished. This one isn’t your typical horror story, it’s more atmospheric, but definitely deserves to be on this list.
- The Haunting of Hill House – Another Shirley Jackson on here. A group of four individuals interested in the paranormal investigate a house that is said to be haunted. I haven’t read this yet, but knowing how atmospheric her other works are, I know this will be a good Halloween read.
- Horrorstor – This book is weird, but in a good way. It’s set in a store similar to IKEA, where strange things happen at night, and no one knows how. Three employees stay overnight to figure out what is going on. Not only is the premise different, so is the setup of the book, it looks like an IKEA catalog, with pictures and information about the furniture. And as the story gets creepier the furniture does as well.
- A Discovery of Witches – Witches, vampires, demons. Everything necessary for a good Halloween story. Diana Bishop accidentally gets her hands on an important, lost, manuscript and all of a sudden her world changes. Instead of sitting in the library finishing her work, she has to watch her back because people are out to get her.
- It – Another one I have to include this in the list. I just saw the movie, and LOVED it. The movie was super creepy and definitely got me in the Halloween spirit. I can’t wait to read about creepy clowns terrorizing children, and their town.