The Haunting Season is here again! You know what that means! Time to grab your favorite fall drink, a furry reading buddy, nice cozy reading nook, and a spook-tastic book to read to set the mood for the month of October! So, today I’m going to briefly talk about five creepy/scary books to read this month (in no particular order). Let’s get to it!
1. There’s Someone Inside Your Home by Stephanie Perkins
This book was released last month and I haven’t been able to get my paws on a copy of it yet, but I can’t wait to get it. This sounds really cool and something right up my alley. Also, it’s something completely different that readers have seen from Stephanie Perkins who’s previously just written YA Contemporary Romance (The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy).
Anyways, this new book is a fresh take on the teen slasher story where students at Osborne High start being killed off one by one with each death more gruesome than the last!
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a horrific family tragedy sixteen-year-old Jacob (and his father) visit an island off the coast of Wales to find out more about his grandfather’s past, where he grew up, and whether or not he made up the “Peculiar Children” or if they were really real. While he explores the remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Jacob seems to have more questions than answers, the most important question being: are the Peculiar Children still alive after all these years?!
3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least a mention of Vampires (and no I’m not going to talk about Twilight lol)! Holly Black is one of my new favorite authors and her writing is just incredible. The main, Tana, character lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. After, waking up dazed and confused from a normal human party, Tana is horrified to find most of the other partygoers dead from a vampire attack. She and the two other survivors of the attack (her infected ex-boyfriend and a mysterious boy with his own secrets) decide to go on a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. I really love the worlds Holly Black is able to create and is able to mix contemporary realism with mythical things and creatures, so cool.
4. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
This book is based off the wildly popular podcast by the same name (and creators/authors). I love how it uses two reoccurring characters from the podcast in this book and intertwines their stories with both humor and horror.
5. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This is a graphic novel featuring five spine-tingling stories which follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll
These are just five ideas, there are many others to choose from! Have you already read some of these? What are some of your go-to scary books for October? I’d love to hear from you, let me know in the comments!