Unfortunately, I can’t commit to doing a post every day in October so instead I’ve planned some occasional themed posts throughout October starting with some of my top spooky reads in celebration of one of my favourite times of year… Halloween!
I don’t read many books that fall into the horror genre and whilst thrillers and mystery’s do tend to scare me sometimes, I don’t think I’d class them as favourites, so this is a bit of a mixed bunch.
Some of these books are downright scary, others are more psychologically harrowing, and I’ve even thrown in a few that tell a spooky story.
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
This brilliant but vividly gory short story still haunts me to this day. I don’t want to give too much away but this is definitely worth a read.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’m not sure what it was but something about this book just freaked me out when I read it and I had the same reaction when I watched the film. It’s an interesting book and not an obviously scary one but it does have a spooky vibe about it.
The Goosebumps Series by R. L. Stine
I loved these books when I was younger. I never actually owned them myself, so I used to sneak into my older brother’s room and borrow a few at a time. My favourite book in the series was ‘Say Cheese and Die!’ which I must have read at least 10 times.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The main reason this book makes this list is the pictures. They work so well with the book and the book definitely wouldn’t be the same without them but they are seriously disturbing.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
There is one particular scene in this short story that has earned The Yellow Wallpaper is place on this list and if you’ve read it, I’m sure you’re already thinking of it. Yes, it’s the narrator creeping around her room having stripped the walls bare and caused her husband to faint at her feet. Reading this without reading the short story will probably have you thinking this doesn’t sound too spooky but trust me, in the wider context of the story, it is!
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The book is downright scary and if you’ve seen the film version of this you will relate when I say that it traumatised me. I was quite young when I read the book, so I genuinely believed that these witches could be lurking around me in disguise!
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The remote setting and disturbing plot line are what makes this psychological horror so creepy. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly declare that I am still not convinced about the ending of this book. Everyone keeps telling me he was insane all along, but I refuse to believe it.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
This isn’t necessarily spooky in the traditional sense of the word, but it is one scary read. True Crime is not a genre I often read as I’m easily scared but In Cold Blood is brilliant and worth being scared over.
Thanks for reading! Let me know some of you’re favourite spooky reads in the comments below!