It’s dark and spooky out there. And only going to get darker and spookier.
Why not stay inside in a nice warm room and read? I’ve got some suggestions here for some perfect books to fit the season. Let’s start with the family friendly stuff before getting into the truly terrifying, shall we?
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Honestly, my kids found this much less scary when they were young. But when they got older – that sewing on buttons instead of eyes?! Pretty freaking horrifying.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also by Neil Gaiman. More atmospheric than truly scary, but a lovely ending. Perhaps more late summer than fall.
- The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. All four seasons in one day. Sounds charming, but maybe a little too possessive?
- Full Tilt by Neil Shusterman. An evil carnival. Still appropriate for this time of year, and as a bonus, let me include Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury if you’ve never read that one. Both get right inside your head.
- Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Odd sees ghosts. Mostly it’s guys like Elvis. But sometimes they’re not so friendly.
- The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. This one makes you think more than scares you, but it’s so good that it’s worth reading.
- Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. Timely and terrifying.
- The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Who are they and why do they come in winter?
- The Keep by Paul F. Wilson. When even the Nazis are afraid, you know there’s trouble.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. If you haven’t read the original, you’ve got to do it. So. Creepy.
That’s my list for this time of month. None of them are very new, with the exception of Lovecraft Country, but there good scary reads all the same. What’s on your list?