With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, I’m sure you’re like me and you’re scrambling for those warm drinks and fuzzy blankets. Of course, you need something to read while you’re bundled up, right? Well, I’m always on the hunt for more spooky things to read regardless of the time of year, but if you’re especially looking for something to get you in the mood for the season that goes beyond Stephen King, I’ve got some books for you! As someone who likes to read both the classics and contemporary, I’ve decided to include some older and newer titles.
- The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins, for those of you who like classic horror stories that involve getting stuck in the woods. If you were thinking of taking that hike before it got too cold, this book will make you rethink that decision!
- The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories by Horacio Quiroga. This is a collection of bone-chilling short stories that delve deep into horrifying themes of tragedy, death, and obsession taken too far. If you’re a fan of Poe, you’ll certainly enjoy Quiroga’s dark voice.
- Mary Will I Die? by Shawn Sarles. If you’re more into creepy YA, this book will certainly make you keep your lights on. As you can guess from the title, this story revolves around the Bloody Mary myth and the friendships that it destroys over one terrifying night. This is a story that’ll keep you terrified of mirrors!
- Crota by Owl Goingback. This tale is not for the light of heart. If you’re a fan of slasher flicks, Goingback’s grisly story of a deadly beast terrorizing a town will definitely spark your interest.
- What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo is a bizarre, gothic YA novel about a young woman who returns home from boarding school only to find her family home invaded by monsters.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. If you’re looking for a classic (and one of my personal favorites), look no further than Bradbury’s beautiful prose. This novel revolves around a mysterious carnival that pops up overnight and the two childhood best friends who aim to uncover its secrets.
What sort of scary books (if any) do you like to read? I’m also a fan of a good scary movie every now and then, but I have a rule about watching something wholesome right after so I don’t give myself nightmares.
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