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Halloween Recs: Creepy Reads

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Hi guys! How are you? I told y’all there’d be lots of Halloween posts this month and I’m just getting started. This is the second part of my Halloween book-recs. You can see the first one, Halloween reads for scaredy cats, here. Today’s all about scary books, from evil faerie to shape-shifting monsters – I hope there’s something here for everyone looking for a creepy read.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 

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Coraline moves into a new house with her family and discovers a mysterious door which leads to another world. In the other world she finds an apartment identical to her own, inhabited by her “other mother” and “other father” who have black buttons for eyes. “Other mother” wants Coraline to stay and her daughter forever… I know this is a children’s book, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

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In Under the Pendulum Sun we follow our protagonist on her journey to Arcadia in search of her missionary brother who disappeared while trying to convert the fae to Christianity. It has a very Gothic-horror feel to it and it’s atmosphere is so relentlessly creepy that even the most mundane moments become menacing.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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I read this collection of stunning graphic horror tales earlier this month and I was so impressed by how genuinely unsettling they are. The five tales have a timeless, fairy-tale like feel and Carroll leaves a lot to the imagination, which in my opinion makes it even scarier.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱

Let the Right One In  by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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Let the Right One is set in the 80s in a Swedish suburb where several dead bodies have been found completely drained of blood. Oscar, a young boy who’s being bullied, meets a strange, new girl who only comes out at night. This is a very unusual take on the vampire myth, but one of the creepiest I’ve read.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱😱

It by Stephen King

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If you didn’t know what It is about, it’s set in the 80’s and follows a group of kids who battle a supernatural evil which is killing people their small town. Shape-shifting clown-monsters are really scary, but so is the casual sexism, racism and homophobia in this book – so even though it’s Halloween appropriate, I wouldn’t exactly recommend it.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱😱

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad 

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This book follows three teens who get to travel to the moon with NASA, in an attempt to garner some positive PR. But once they get there things go horribly wrong and they quickly realize they’re not alone. This is straight up the scariest book I’ve ever read. Anything scary automatically gets 7875642 times scarier if it’s set in the vast, black nothingness of space.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱😱😱

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Do you like scary books? Have you read any of these? What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?

29 thoughts on “Halloween Recs: Creepy Reads

  1. Recently I’ve been asked if a book tag what book scared the most, and I just… couldn’t answer? So maybe I should actually read some scary books. 172 hours on the moon sounds interesting.

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  2. Under the Pendulum Sun! I actually didn’t love it when I read it, but the more I think about it the more I realize how weird and creepy and unique it was (also, those plot twists were downright disturbing).
    I like reading creepy and scary books, I have read some good ones lately – Into the Drowning Deep and The Dark Beneath the Ice, mostly – but the scariest (…at least to me) book I’ve ever read was Uprooted, because I have a phobia that has to do with plants.

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  3. I haven’t read any of these one’s yet but i have read Darren Shan saga, Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and a comic called Black Pupil On Tapas. I can tell you i didn’t sleep well for a while. I will recommend the ones you listed to my friend, she loves horror books.

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  4. The only one I’ve read is Coraline which I adore (but controversially prefer the movie ever so slightly…), Under the Pendulum Sun looks very interesting and I’ve been informed that Let the Right One In isn’t as scary as I think it will be. I’m a massive wuss and can’t do horror! I’m building up to reading Stephen King’s classic horrors but IT is just such a terrifying concept!

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    1. I actually haven’t seen the Coraline movie, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. Under the Pendulum Sun is creepy and weird and unlike anything else you’ve read, for sure. I find Let the Right One In scary in a very human way, more than a “scary monster” way. If that makes sense?

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      1. Definitely watch the Coraline movie, it is awesome! I like creepy and weird so it’s something I’ll give a go for sure! I get what you mean about Let the Right One In, I’ve started binge watching The Haunting of Hill House and find it’s more eerie/ troubling then terrifying so I’m guessing Let the Right One In might be like that. I’ll give the book a go before the movie I reckon!

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  5. The Other Mother from Coraline will never not creep me out.

    Through the Woods is so amazing!! I may have to re-read it soon! I love Emily Carroll’s art style so haunting and creepy.

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  6. Coraline is amazing and yep, definitely creepy for a children’s book. I think I’ll pick up Into the Woods as it seems right up my street!
    I read Under the Pendulum Sun and while I didn’t enjoy it myself, the gothic vibes are on point.
    Great list! 🙂

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