Halloween is right around the corner and, of course, I’m feeling very inspired! So what are you too old for trick-or-treating? You are never too old to read a good story. And can you seriously think of a better time in the entire year to read thrillers and horror books than on Halloween?
Halloween parties are not a thing right now because of the coronavirus, so why not surrender yourself to a scary story? Think about it, you can light up some candles, grab a blanket and hot tea… doesn’t that sound amazing?
I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you five creepy books that I think are great for this time of year! I tried to mix things up and I came up with a few different options, so in this list we have modern and classic books, fantasy and contemporaries, middle grade and adult stories… so you can probably pick at least one book from the list.
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Of course, a Stephen King book is here. Well, to be completely fair, I think any of Stephen King’s psychological thrillers are a great option to read on Halloween, but this book is special. The author himself describes this book as the scariest book he has ever written – interesting, huh? Pet Sematary is a horror novel published in 1983 and it wins the prize for most disturbing book in this list. It’s about a family who moves to a new city and everything is perfect. Their lives, their jobs, their family… until death happens. Not enough of a synopsis? I get it, but I strongly encourage you to go into the book without knowing too much. But I’ll tell you this: if you want a very atmosferic, disturbing book, this is your winner.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is not a classic book, but I would definitely consider it a staple. This book is about Coraline, a girl who is full of life but she is bored by her daily life. Her parents are boring, the food is boring, her daily life is boring and she just wants to explore and feel excited about something for a change. One day, she opens a magical passage to another house that looks just like hers and has parents very similar to hers… but with their eyes sewed with buttons. They want her to stay with them forever, and something about them feels off…
Please don’t judge a book by it’s cover, because Coraline may be a middle-grade book, but I promise you it will give you the chills. And that’s exactly what makes it so perfect for Halloween. If you want to read something on the lighter side but with a good story, you should definitely check it out.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I wouldn’t consider this a horror book, but more of a creepy book. This story is about a boy uncovering the secrets of an abandoned orphanage situated on a very mysterious island. The cool thing is it is a visual book because it has some old photographs and illustrations that will help you get into the mood of the book.
I think it’s important for me to say that this book has a lot of mixed reviews. Some seem to love it and others hate it, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I still decided to talk about it here because I think it’s a great match to Halloween either you love it or hate it. If you are more sensitive to horror, I promise you that you can read this and still go to the bathroom at night.
- Thornhill by Pam Smy
If you want to get into a spooky mood but you don’t have a lot of time, I would definitely recommend Thornhill. This is a great option if you want something easy and fast to read! This book follows Ella, who just moved into a new house, in a new town. From her room she has a great view to what once was the Thornhill Institute for Children, which is now abandoned. One day she sees a mysterious girl in the gardens of Thornhill from her window, and she is determined to befriend her. Ella goes after her and she starts to uncover the mysteries and secrets of Thornhill.
This book is told in both diary entries and black and white art, which makes the book even more interesting. It is also a great creepy option and you can read it in a few hours!
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
This was a recent read for me and I really loved it. This story is about a journalist who can’t deal with the way her sister died twenty years ago. She was supposedly killed by her boyfriend and her body was disposed of in the grounds of a haunted boarding school for troubled girls. With her investigations, a very shocking thing is discovered near the place her sister was found that may be important for her to know. Not only that, but she finds out a lot about some interesting and mysterious things that happened in that school in the 1950’s.
This is the most “normal” book you’ll find here. There are so many great elements in it, but what I loved the most about it is that I couldn’t put it down. The chapters are small and there is always something shocking happening at the end of each chapter. If you want something addictive, this is it!
Books are a great opportunity to let your mind wander, so why not do it with a spooky theme? I hope you liked these Halloween recommendations and if there are any books you think would be perfect to read in this season, let me know 🙂