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Here are 10 spooky book choices sure to haunt your Halloween

With the fall chill in the air, the days getting shorter and shorter, and Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to creep yourself out with a good horror novel. 

In honor of All Hallows Read, a tradition started by Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book) where you give/recommend someone a scary book for Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites. Enjoy!

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – NOS4A2

This book is long, but well worth your time.  What could possibly be horrifying about a place called “Christmasland”?  Everything. Victoria McQueen escaped Charlie Manx’s clutches when she was a kid, the only kid ever to do so in fact, so now Charlie has come back to exact his revenge.  By taking Vic’s own son.  With vehicles that take you where you need to go, kidnapping, vampires, and children that make the Children of the Corn look like puppies, this spooky book is a winner.

 

WraithWraith by Joe Hill –

This is a graphic novel prequel to NOS4A2 and it is just as terrifying, but in a fraction of the time! It mixes childhood whimsy with sociopathic craziness.  The images are fantastic and if you loved NOS4A2 you’ll love this as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Head Full of GhostsHead Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay –

If you’re looking for something in the way of The Exorcist, this is the way to go.  A Head Full of Ghosts follows Merry who is the younger sister of Marjorie, a teenage girl that shows signs of acute schizophrenia and whose parent’s eventually look to God and Religion for help spiritually and a reality TV show gig for financial help. “A mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.” (Goodreads)

 

 

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahonThe Night Sister

Ghosts and monsters and murder.  All of the above or none of the above?  This book will keep you guessing right to the very end.  It follows Rose and Sylvie as kids, Amy (the daughter of Rose), Piper, and Margot as kids, and then Piper and Margot as adults.  They all grew up in or near a Vermont motel which during Rose and Sylvie’s childhood was an exciting place to be, but by Amy, Piper, and Margot’s childhood it is just a creepy empty building full of secrets.  After Amy is accused of a horrible crime Piper and Margot begin to unveil those secrets of their past and uncover what has haunted them and the hotel for all those years.

 

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)Mr Mercedes by Stephen King –

You can’t have a scary book list without including at least one Stephen King book, but the question is, how do you choose just one?  Mr Mercedes is the first in the Bill Hodges trilogy, with Finders Keepers being number 2 and it will be completed in 2016 with End of Watch.  For those of you who want something a little scary, but not terrifying and lacks ghosts and monsters, this is it. “Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.” (Goodreads)

 

 

Through the WoodsThrough The Woods by Emily Carroll –

This book is a graphic novel, which makes it a nice quick read as most graphic novels are.  It can be found typically in the Young Adult section and is on this years’ Maine Student Book Award list, but don’t let that hold you back. It is made up of 5 short tales, is surprisingly creepy and a perfect Halloween read.

 

 

 

 

In the Tall GrassIn The Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill –

 

This short story written by the father/son team is only available on audio book and well worth it to listen.  It makes cornfields look like playgrounds and is twisted in such a way that it just might give you nightmares.

 

 

 

 Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix – Horrorstör

This book comes looking like a catalog from IKEA, but don’t be fooled.  The company is actually called ORSK.  This is a pretty traditional haunted house story but with a very modern setting.  It’s surprisingly scary for something you might expect to be more humorous and will make it so you never want to work retail again.

 

 

 

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn –

A reporter heads back to her hometown to cover the death of one teenage girl and another who is missing.  In doing so she has to look back at her troubled past which she has cut into words all over her body. It is probably considered more of a mystery than horror, but it’s so dark and twisted it will give you chills.

 

 

 

 

This House is HauntedThis House is Haunted by John Boyne –

A traditional, takes place in 1867 London, ghost story.  Upon answering an ad for and securing a position as a governess in a mansion, Eliza is greeted by two children, no adults to be found.  That’s a pretty sizable red flag right there.  She of course feels compelled to keep them safe and so begins a Dickens like tale of a haunted house.

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid, share your favorite scary stories in the comments!

 

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