Scary Reads for Halloween
Since my Page Turners articles are published on Thursdays, I realized that my column this week would be published on Halloween. Naturally, I decided that I would write about creepy, scary reads to fit in with the theme of Halloween. These books can help you extend the spooky festiveness of Halloween for a little longer.
While I love the idea of writing about spooky books, I am a bit of a wimp (read: huge wimp) when it comes to scary things (I can do a decent amount of creepiness but not anything that gets too dark) so I posted on Instagram asking for scary book recommendations and received some great suggestions. I used some of them for this article, but if you love scary books and stories, it is worth checking out my post to see the full range of titles that I received in response to my query.
I have loosely grouped the books by theme to help guide people to the best scary book for them. A number of these books could fit in more than one category, so I tried to slot them into the one that I felt fit best. I have starred the tales that I have read and loved, and the books listed below are in no particular order.
Mildly Creepy (I can handle these):
- *The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
- *Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
- *Broken Harbor by Tana French (or anything else by her)
- *The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe (short story)
- *The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe (short story)
Really Dark Reads (The ones I avoid so I can sleep at night):
- Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
- The Whisper Man by Alex North
- Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- The Stand by Stephen King (as the master of suspense and horror, he has numerous other books that qualify here)
- The Darkening by Paul Antony Jones
- The Chain by Adrian McKinty
- Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Gothic Reads (I love gothic tales):
- *The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
- *The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
- *The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- *Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Ghost or supernatural stories (Not the overly scary ones):
- *A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (she has numerous other ghost stories too)
- *The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- *The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
Scarier Ghost/Supernatural/Horror stories (These are out of my comfort zone):
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
- Hell House by Richard Matheson
- The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
- It by Stephen King
- Pet Cemetery by Stephen King
There are so many fabulously and often terrifyingly creepy books out there, and I hope you enjoy checking out a few of the ones mentioned above. Feel free to share with me your favorites in the genre below in the comments.
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