Halloween is just a week away. I love Halloween. I love dressing up, and decorating the house with pumpkins, skulls, and cobwebs. I also love to read scary and creepy books. Halloween is fast approaching, so today I have five spooky book recommendations if you are looking to celebrate the holiday through reading.
I have some books that I’m going to be recommending today and some of them are creepy but some of them aren’t super creepy but still has a dark atmosphere to it. Get into the mood for Halloween with some spooky, supernatural and spine-tingling stories
Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh
Twisted Fairy Tales is an anthology of very old tales, but tales with gothic twists of plot. These re-told stories include Snow White, Rapunzel, Little Red Hood, The Cinder Wench, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, The Goose Girl, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and more.
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The entirety of Poe’s body of imaginative work encompasses detective tales, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, and some of the most evocative poetry in the English language. This Edition collects all of Poe’s fiction and poetry in a single volume, including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, Annabel Lee, the full-length novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, and much more.
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
This is the story of Samantha and her trying to find what happened to her best friend, Cassie. Sam is popular, rich, beautiful and has it all or so it may seem at first glance. Perfect boyfriend, perfect friends, perfect family. But everything is not as it seems. So when she’s found wondering around not even knowing her name after having disappeared for four entire days, everything in her life takes on a new turn. She wants to know the truth, to remember it all.
Between by Jessica Warman
Liz was perfect in life. She had the looks, the friends and the money to buy popularity and keep it. Beneath the surface though, Liz was more than just a pretty face. Born to a mother plagued by anorexia, Liz learned from an early age that eating equals control, and when her life spun out of control, she controlled her eating habits. On the morning of her 18th birthday, Liz wakes up to see her body floating in the water, but she has no recollection of what happened. As she wanders the “between,” she meets a fellow classmate, Alex, and together they begin to unravel the mysteries of their deaths.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This is a book on obsession with one’s looks and self-corruption. A great story about the danger of vanity and eternal youth. Dorian does not realize these dangers until the very end and still doesn’t understand that the vanity would lead to his own ending. He spends much of the book believing that he can change himself but with his never-changing looks he believes he can simply get away with the dangerous choices he makes.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The story starts off with mystery and intrigue, sharing the two prophecies which Blue is bound by. If she kisses her true love, he will die, and she will fall in love this year. It doesn’t take long for Blue’s story to be intertwined with the raven boys, rich, powerful and intelligent private school boys and she’s soon wrapped up into a paranormal adventure hunting for ley lines, ghosts and mysteries.
If you aren’t a big fan of creepy novels but is still looking for a novel that can get you into the Halloween spirit, I recommend reading this book.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob hears stories from his Grandfather all his life, stories about a girl who can hover and has to wear special weighted shoes and a string so she doesn’t float away, A boy who can re animate living things with other living body parts, A girl who can create fire from her hands, another that is invisible.
I haven’t read this yet but I’ve watched the movie and it was quite good and spooky, if you’re looking for a mild creepy novel with adventure, I recommend reading this.
Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie is a high school girl with a religious fanatic for a mother. Her attires and the history of her family in the small town of Chamberlain are enough to make her the brunt of many a joke. Bullied straight through from her childhood. Having grown up with the strict doctrines of her mother, she is unable to come to terms with the changes in herself as time casts it’s spell on her.
She is a piece that doesn’t fit in with any of the puzzle boxes and struggles with coping at the degradation passed onto her by her more effluent classmates.
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
After Chloe’s mother passes away, Chloe has to face a world without her and also the dead that she could control before are showing again. With a not so welcome trip to England, where her grandmother lives, all that ghost world that was left behind resurfaces in full force and she finds herself in the middle of a doomed love story that ended up with the lovers dead. With a possessive vengeful spirit wondering around and a sweet, handsome gentleman who Chloe finds herself attracted to, her life becomes more dangerous than ever.
The Shining by Stephen King
The story involves Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic with plenty of demons. The Overlook hotel, is where the main story takes place, as Jack becomes the caretaker of a large hotel for the winter. The hotel is cut off by snow during the winter months and someone has to stay up there to watch it all winter. The Overlook has a sordid past where murders and notorious people used to stay. A decent Halloween read.
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Famous Last Words is about a girl named Willa that is troubled and has a bad past and moves to Hollywood with her mom and her new Stepfather. A serial killer is going through Hollywood killing and staging young aspiring actresses. Willa starts seeing things and its up to her and her friend to find out who the killer is before it kills her.
I have yet to find a lot of interesting eerie books myself, so if you have any recommendations, doesn’t have to be horror, to read, I’d love to hear them in the comments. What spooky book(s) are you reading for Halloween? Let me know if you have read any of these.