Hello there! I realize I’ve disappeared for a (long) while, but I’m back and hoping it stays that way this time around. Anyway, since Halloween is just two days away, I figured I would post some of my favorite scary books. And, let’s be real here, since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, it just makes sense to celebrate it all weekend long! So without further ado, some books to keep you up at night.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Filled with original photographs, Miss Peregrine follows Jacob Portman as he seeks to uncover the truth behind the death of his grandfather, and unravel the mysterious stories he’s been told all his life. The monsters and children he meets along the way are made all the more real by the chilling pictures scattered throughout the book.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While this book isn’t exactly scary, the mysterious circus that appears out of nowhere will draw you in, and the magic and sorcery within it will keep you there. Endlessly fun and compelling, The Night Circus is the perfect witchy tale for Halloween.
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. While Gone Girl received the most hype, I found Sharp Objects to be Flynn’s most chilling book. It was like reading an episode of Criminal Minds, I was terrified and yet I could not put it down. Sure, I was scared to go out in the dark afterwards, but it led me to read all of Gillian Flynn’s other novels in the span of one or two weeks. This one will definitely keep you up at night.
- Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson. The cover of this alone is enough to give me the creeps. If that doesn’t scare you away, imagine waking up every day not knowing who or where you are. This is the life of the novel’s protagonist, Christine. She wakes up every morning and reads a journal of her previous days, but it’s not long before she realizes that things are not as they seem.
- Carrie by Stephen King. Including this because it wouldn’t be a scary book list without a little Stephen King, and also because the movie remake came out recently and I’ve been hearing good things. In the classic King novel, Carrie is a tormented high school girl who learns that she has telekinetic powers, and the horrors that ensue. (You might also enjoy King’s newer books, Doctor Sleep and Joyland!)
- The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe. One of the original scary story writers, Poe’s stories of things that go bump (or thump, in the case of “The Telltale Heart”…) in the night have kept readers entertained for years. This wide selection of stories has something for every one!
These are just a few of an endless list of fantastically spooky books perfect for Halloween. But, just in case, here are a few other lists you can check out:
Happy Halloween and happy reading!