Today is Halloween – well, technically it was yesterday – so I have some spooky book recommendations, this is extremely late but I’ve been really busy. Also, check out my Halloween Recommendations from Last Year. Time for all things creepy and chilling—and undeniably the perfect season to dig into a great thriller. Some of them are creepy but some of them aren’t super creepy but still has a dark atmosphere to it.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Beginning | The Reptile Room | The Wide Window
I began reading this series at the beginning of this year and finished it recently. This is Gothic fiction, so while it’s not real scary, it does have a bit of a darker atmosphere. Also, I love the amount of new vocabulary that is introduced, particularly for children who might be reading it.
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
This story is fantastic, and as an avid bibliophile it’s hard for me to resist anything to do with libraries or reading about the wonderful books that take us to faraway places. As you’ll see, the metaphor of books as portals to new worlds is actually quite literal in this case. The plot follows main protagonist Alice, a young girl who discovers she has a very special power. Called “Readers”, people like Alice possess the ability to enter the worlds of certain books, which might seem great at first, until you realize these books serve as prisons to nasty creatures and the only way out again is if the Reader can defeat them.
Miss peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Last Year I recommended Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and this time I’m recommending the Graphic Novel. Cassandra Jean’s artwork is admirable and quite pleasing to the eyes.
I could not get enough of this graphic novel adaptation. I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations, but the writing was very engaging also.
October 32nd by Larry Rodness
Review: October 32
This book took me completely by surprise. October 32nd wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be and was a lot of fun to read
The plot revolves around a small town called Elora and its famous Halloween Fest. Fear not, all you readers that don’t like horror books! I wouldn’t actually class this as a horror book, even though it has some spooky elements. It was more of a mystery. I really enjoyed the fact that I too had no idea what on earth was going to happen.
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Made of Stars is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and while it’s not horror or very spooky, there’s just this eerie feeling that comes with it.
It’s a complex story of three teenagers on the precipice of discovering who they are, what they want in life, what they are willing to sacrifice and give up, and what they are willing to fight for at all cost. Things that have been buried come to the surface and teenagers have to face some harsh truths about themselves, the people they love, and what makes up the idea of a family.
IT by Stephen King
This is my favourite book by Stephen King. The thing with King’s horror books is that… I never thought they were scary. The clown is just creepy – he is one of the eeriest monsters invented. There were some genuinely disturbing scenes in the book that make this stand in a sobering reality. This book is quite literally a monster in itself. It’s intimidating, it’s thick with descriptions and characters and amazing quotes. It has more than a dozen underlining meanings.
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
The Wizards of Once is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by Cressida Cowell, the author of How to Train Your Dragon. It’s about two kids — completely different from each other and too stubborn to want each other’s help or guidance — who must band together to destroy an evil that plagues both of their worlds.
Deeply rooted in history and legend from ancient Britain, this book takes place in a land-filled with dark magic, mysterious forests, and suspicious characters.
Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki
I cannot begin to describe how amazing this series is. First, the artwork is gorgeous. Whether it’s an action scene, an emotional moment, or horror and madness, the artwork always delivers. As for the story, I have never seen a more twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. And the beauty of it is that Jun Mochizuki does this without taking away the sense of wonder and innocence involved in discovering a world that isn’t what you thought it was.
Also, I want to clarify something. This is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland or a variation on it. The plot uses elements from Alice in Wonderland to tell a completely original story.
Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
This is a manga series that is, at first, very slow-paced, builds up to some of the most heart- and gut-wrenching scenes I’ve ever read. The novel is fast-paced and graphically stunning. Despite being in black and white the action is extreme and evocative. You can very quickly begin to feel for the characters and their plight within the story.
Bloody Mary by Akaza Samamiya
I bought this one on a whim and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I definitely enjoyed this way more than I should have. The summery drew me to this; but the mystery, characters, & art work make me what to continue the series.
The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki
The Case Study of Vanitas, or Vanitas no Carte opened and introduced the characters nicely, still leaving some information in the shadows. If you liked Pandora Hearts, you should definitely pick this up. The art style is absolutely gorgeous, she is one of the best mangakas out there, in my opinion. The story line is strong. I look forward to reading more volumes, a must read if you enjoy vampire and steampuk-esque stories.
Current Unread Spooky books on my TBR
Have you read any of these? What recommendations have I missed off that you also enjoy? Which on my TBR list should I get to first? If you have any other spooky books to recommend, leave them in the comments.