October is easily my favourite month for reading – it’s spooky season. It’s getting darker and colder, meaning a month full of pumpkin spiced drinks, cosy blankets, as well as beautiful oranges and ambers. I often save up all my spooky themed books whether they be paranormal, thrillers or crime to read during the month of October as it has an atmosphere like no other month. So, if you fancy getting into some creepy reads that fit the seasonal festivities really well then look no further than this selection of some of my personal favourites. Light some candles, turn off the lights, and get stuck into something spooky!
by William Peter Blatty
Probably the most infamous cinematic tale of demonic possession, yet many people are unaware that the cult classic horror is based on a novel of the same name. This eerie tale tells of a young girl who is seemingly possessed by an ancient demon from the Far East, and the reckless behaviour she unleashes upon her mother until her fate falls into the hands of a renowned exorcist.
by Stephen King
One of King’s earlier pieces of work, this novel follows an author who returns to the town many years after leaving to write a novel based on his younger years there. However, upon returning strange goings on occur and talks of a cult practicing vampirism begin to surface. This is an incredibly powerful book with a fantastically eerie reading atmosphere radiating from it.
The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill
I’m sure many of us are familiar with the Daniel Radcliffe horror, a narrative that follows a young lawyer who is sent to an old mansion located on a small island to go through the paperwork of a recently deceased woman. He soon finds out that the house boasts a dark secret and an unexpected inhabitant. Hill’s novel of the same name which gave the film its plot is a good old classic ghost story, and at only 200 pages it makes for a quick read if you’re just looking for spooky book for Halloween day itself and not the whole month.
by Bram Stoker
If you’re not a fan of classics perhaps steer away from this recommendation, but if like me you’re an absolute junkie for classic Gothic horrors then this vampire classic is definitely the read for you! This one is a little harder to get into at first as it is an epistolary, however once you adjust to the writing style this novel boasts one of the creepiest antagoniist literature has to offer. Whilst many of us are familiar with the classic character through corny remakes, not many of us know the real, dark story behind this classic spooky figure.
Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll
If long books aren’t really your thing, then this graphic novel could be perfect for you. It comprises several spooky stories all relating to the woods (surprise, surprise!) which are accompanied by some super eerie illustrations that totally suck you in. Emily Carroll has a beautiful flair for creating the perfect illustrations to bring her creepy tales to life, and whilst the stories may be short, they really pack a punch and will leave you feeling slightly ill at ease the next time you visit the woods.
The House on Cold Hill
by Peter James
Peter James steps away from his well-renowned crime novels to revisit his roots in paranormal horror with what is possibly my favourite haunted house novel of all time. Unlike most cliché haunted house novels, this one truly brings a chill to my spine and has been a spooky-season re-read for me across several years. His writing style is very easy to get in to as he is a master of short chapters with thrilling cliff-hangers. James writes in a way that is well fleshed out without being too descriptive or droning on. This book is definitely my most recommended on the list!