Fall is upon us and Halloween is fast approaching. It’s the season of trick or treating, thrills and chills, the creepy and spooky. You know, all that good stuff! If you want to add some spooky books to your October TBR, check out these reads for hella cheap! These are books are either ones I love, by authors I love, or ones I’m likely adding to my own BookOulet
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first published in 1886, became an instant classic, a Gothic horror originating in a feverish nightmare whose hallucinatory setting in the back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence.” Ooooh, spooky!
“Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein pioneered the deeply explored battle between monster and man. Follow three narratives in this ageless tale that navigates fear, fixation, love and desire, while finding an anchor in humanity.” I read this one in high school and absolutely loved it. I think it’s about time for a reread. And this edition is stunning!
Before The Vampire Diaries, before True Blood, before Twilight… There was Dracula! And I’m pretty sure he wasn’t that sexy. “A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling spectre who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful.”
“Waking up in a ransacked cabin with no recollection of her identity and overhearing two men who are preparing to kill her, Cady is accidentally saved by haphazard companion Ty and endures a harrowing cat-and-mouse chase for survival.”
“Paradise in Aruba quickly gets gruesome in this ‘ripped-from-the-headlines thriller (Kirkus Reviews)’ with a twist that defies the imagination.”
“Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.”
“In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.”
“When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Dr. Nadine Lavoie gently coaxes her story out of her – and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?”
Supernatural and Spooky
Innocence by Dean Koontz“He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance – and nothing less than destiny – has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.”
Bag of Bones by Stephen King“Four years after the sudden death of his wife, bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving, unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at Sara Laughs, the Maine summerhouse that seems to be calling to him. Reluctantly returning to the lakeside getaway, Mike finds a small town in the soulless grip of a powerful millionaire, a single mother fighting to keep her three-year-old daughter, and a miasma of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors at his remote cabin.”
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper“In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David Ullman must track the demon that has captured his daughter and discover its name. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.”
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine“It was a horror movie that turned into real horror—three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. When shooting starts, the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents—could history be repeating itself?”
“Four bestselling authors. One hellraising premise. . . What if the dead could be summoned from their graves – for a price?”
“Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every man, woman, and child in the world has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville’s blood. Now available in an Orb Books paperback edition, this classic novel is universally regarded as one of the most frightening and influential vampire novels ever written.”
“Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire.”
Supernatural but not too Spooky
“Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indigo Blackwood is about to uncover the many dark truths about her life – and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.”
“Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.”
“R is a young man with an existential crisis – he is a zombie. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.”
“When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbours, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including – perhaps – their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.”
“Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch. But then she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves. To tell him will risk everything.”
What books are on your Halloween TBR?