There are so many choices when it comes to spooky books perfect for Halloween. What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to read a chill-inducing book? The books on this list are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine, and pump you up for the upcoming holiday! So, without further ado, here are my favorite spooky books perfect for Halloween.
Many of us have seen at least one of the movie renditions of Carrie. But have you read the book? Carrie is the story of a bullied high school girl who realizes she has telekinetic powers. She is repressed by her religious, domineering mother and tortured by her schoolmates, until she reaches her breaking point. This is definitely one of the best spooky books perfect for Halloween. $7.99 at amazon.com
2 The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
One of my strongest Halloween memories from childhood is listening to my dad read “The Tell Tale Heart”. When he reached the crescendo of the book, “I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! Louder!”, he was bellowing at the top of his lungs. When he finished, the doorbell rang. Three children were standing in front of the door, shaking with fear from the tale. Edgar Allen Poe has a gift for creating a truly haunting experience. Each story and poem will not only leave chills up your spine while reading, but will also plague your thoughts for days.
The Amityville House actually exists, and was the center of national interest in 1974 when a mass murder occurred there. A 23-year old man killed his parents and four siblings. In 1975 another family moved into the house, but fled within 28 days and claimed paranormal activity had been tormenting them. The Amityville Horror is supposedly the true story of their experience. Whether you believe in it or not, it is definitely a scary read! $7.19 at amazon.com
4 The Man in the Forest by Michael Warriner
This book draws from the real-life Hoia Baciu forest in Romania, which has fascinated me for years. Supposedly, the area is filled with demonic activity. People who enter will come out with mysterious injuries and no recollection of how they got hurt. There is also a perfect circle in the forest where no vegetation grows. If you’re intrigued by this forest, you need to give this book a read! Vincent, a musical prodigy, travels to Romania to confront a rival. There, he learns the secret behind the song “The Man in the Forest”. $2.99 at amazon.com
5 Sorrow’s Point by Danielle DeVor
Jimmy Frock, an ex-priest travels to Blackmoor to help an old friend’s sick daughter. Her father is convinced she is possessed, but Frock believes she may have a mental disorder. When he arrives, he realizes that the house is filled with horror and mystery, and also begins to suspect that the daughter must be exorcised. This book is a creepy page-turner that you won’t be able to put down!
6 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Ichabod Crane, a gangly and superstitious schoolteacher, travels to the secluded town of Sleepy Hollow. He hears creepy stories from the locals about The Headless Horseman, the ghost of a soldier who lost his head in the Revolutionary War. One night, Crane sees the phantom figure for himself. what will happen? This must-read Halloween classic is a quick read at only 84 pages long. $1.99 at amazon.com
7 IT by Stephen King
IT is currently in theaters, and it seems the whole word is obsessed with Pennywise the Clown. Get back to IT’s origins by reading the original Stephen King novel! The town of Derry, Maine is tormented by IT - a monster that takes the shape of your nightmares. Seven adults who battled IT as teenagers reunite in Derry. IT has returned, and is preying on children again, and only they can stop it.
Flowers in the Attic is the twisted tale of Cathy, Chris, Cory, and Carrie, four siblings who are locked in the top floor of their grandmother’s mansion. At first, their mother assures them that it is for their safety and will only last a little while. Days turns to months, months turn to years. Soon they realize they are trapped and may never be able to leave. This is a truly disturbing, controversial book that will have lingering effects days after reading.
Rosemary Wood and her husband move to an apartment in New York City, and quickly befriend their elderly neighbors. The neighbors have a few quirks, but nothing that can’t be overlooked…at least, for a little while. Rosemary becomes pregnant, and her neighbors are oddly fascinated with the development of her child. Rosemary soon realizes that there is something sinister going on in her building, and that her baby might not be what it seems.