Hello and Happy October! I’ve been so excited to write this post. Like most readers I love themed and seasonal reading. Light, fast-paced beach-reads in the Summertime and long, epic fantasy novels on cold Winter nights. But my favorite time for seasonal reading is Fall. Not only is it the perfect time to curl up in bed with a good book, some blankets and a cup of something warm – it’s finally Halloween season! Which means it’s time for some dark and twisty reads!
Final Girls by Riley Sager // Every horror fan knows the Final Girl. She’s the last woman standing at the end of movie massacre. In this 90’s slasher-movie inspired thriller we get to see what happens after the credits.
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes // Harper Curtis is a unique breed of serial killer, he travels through time to hunt his victims. Kirby Mazrachi should’ve been one of them, she plans on stopping him instead.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl // When an investigative reporter starts digging into the death of Ashley Cordova, he finds himself drawn into the sinister world of her father, a mysterious and reclusive director of cult horror films.
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist // In a Swedish suburb where dead bodies are being found completely drained of blood, a young boy meets a strange girl who only comes out at night.
Dracula by Bram Stoker // You can’t talk about vampires and not mention Count Dracula. This classic Victorian tale is still deliciously creepy and perfect for Halloween.
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu // The Gothic novella Carmilla focuses on a beautiful, female vampire and her relationship with a young woman in Victorian times.
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly and Gavin J. Grant // If you have a soft spot for monsters, or think perhaps they’re just a little misunderstood – then this anthology is perfect for you.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke // In this anthology lots of amazing YA writers come together to create creepy tales inspired by other famous stories.
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan // The title says it all, right? This one is all about witches, witches, witches.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell // In this beautifully illustrated retelling of Sleeping Beauty Neil Gaiman puts a new and deliciously dark spin on an old tale.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll // Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll // Emily Carroll’s print debut Through the Woods includes five creepy and stunningly illustrated horror stories.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl // Set among the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the deep South, this YA paranormal has Halloween vibes oozing out of every page.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova // Alex is a Brooklyn Bruja. On her Deathday she casts a spell to get rid of her powers, and ends up vanishing her whole family. To get them back she has to travel to Los Lago, a place darker than Hades and stranger than Wonderland.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco // Dark magic; necromancy; big, scary monsters. Rin Chupeco has blessed us all with a Halloween masterpiece and honestly it’d be rude not to read it.
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco // A dead girl hunts child-killers in this horror novel based on a Japanese ghost story. I haven’t read this yet, so it’s on top of my Halloween TBR.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake // Cas Lowood is a ghost hunter. Anna is a ghost unlike any other he’s faced. Since her death she’s killed everyone who’s dared to enter her home, but she does not kill Cas.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger // Twin sisters Julia and Valentina Poole inherit their aunt’s London apartment, and maybe their aunt’s ghost as well.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo // Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near // This Australian YA novel about a girl who sees things others don’t is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a creepy ghost story; a sweet, quirky love story and a gritty coming of age story all in one.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly // A young boy who’s grieving the loss of his mother is pulled into a stange and dark world where fairytales are real and terrible monsters lurk.
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link // Kelly Link is the queen of strange short stories and this is her first YA collection. Here be monsters and aliens and a purse that’s bigger on the inside.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman // A man returns to the place he grew up for a funeral and memories of his childhood start to return. Memories so strange and so terrifying they’re almost unbelievable.
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins // This might be the strangest book I’ve ever read. There’s no way I can explain it so I’ll just say it’s very violent, very weird and very good.
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad // In a PR-stunt they hope will help increase funding NASA sends three teenagers to the moon. Once they land they discover that they’re not alone.
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey // This starts out as a detective story set in space, but get stranger and creepier with every page.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke // This is the only book I’ve read that’s truly terrified me. There’s just nothing scarier than the vast, unknowable darkness of space.
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells // This book is the definition of mad science. A man survives a shipwreck and ends up on a island where some rather sinister experiments are being conducted.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson // Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods – until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury // It’s October in Green Town, Illinois and the carnival is coming to town. But it won’t be fun. Bradbury’s Halloween classic is a must read this time of year.
The Witches by Roald Dahl // It might be a children’s book, but Roald Dahl’s witches are the creepiest witches that ever witched in the history of witching. Fight me.
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer // Fiona Loomis is Alice, back from Wonderland. She is Lucy, returned from Narnia. She is Coraline, home from the Other World. But in her world there’s a creature called the Riverman. He is stealing the souls of children and Fiona’s might be next.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman // After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts agree to raise him as one of their own. But the killer is still out there.
What are your favorite Halloween reads? And what creepy novels do you plan on reading this Halloween-month?