Although I don’t really celebrate Halloween as a holiday (if I was in America I definitely would!), I love anything spooky. The spookier the better. And I definitely use this time of year to delve into more horror related content.
But whilst scary movies and even scary YouTube videos are pretty easy to come by, I find it harder to discover truly creepy books that leave me with goosebumps.
But today I wanted to share 6 creepy book recommendations that I have read (and loved) for this time of year. These books are definitely all creepy in their own unique ways; from Thriller to dystopian, even a classic and a children’s book.
That’s what I love about horror – it can certain show up in all different variations!
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
The Prestige is a dark, Gothic and eerie book set in 1878, where two magicians clash and begin a long journey of deceit and manipulation. But the magic takes them both to dark corners of their craft, whilst they use misdirection and the darkest science to outdo and expose the other.
I didn’t think I would love The Prestige as much as I did but I was hooked. The Gothic atmosphere, the elements of magic, the gritty setting; it’s just perfect for a dark and drizzly Autumn night.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is one of my favourite books and definitely my favourite film. Whilst this is considered a children’s horror, adults can definitely enjoy and take a lot from it. Coraline is a young girl who’s just moved into a new house with her parents.
But she finds a small door which leads magically to another realm, identical to her own – almost. She learns to be careful what you wish for and that the grass isn’t ALWAYS greener, when she meets her Other Mother, who’s ready to do anything to keep her.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
This is the most recent read on this list and actually at the time of writing, I’m just coming to the end of this book and it is FANTASTIC. I typically struggle with classics but this is one you can really get your teeth into and enjoy.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel by Oscar Wilde and follows Dorian, a young and beautiful man who’s learning about life, passion and sin after he sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
This one is definitely not for the faint hearted! I wouldn’t recommend either of the movies of this book; if you want to read this story then you need to go in with the book. The detail and descriptions and scene building is extraordinary.
This book follows the Creed family who move into a beautiful new house. They soon discover a nearby wood, housing a chilling secret that the family come all the familiar with as they learn that sometimes, dead is better.
The Shadow Man by Helen Fields
I read The Shadow Man this year and it’s definitely a stand out Thriller for me. It’s super creepy and one of those books that leaves you feeling a bit uncomfortable for the poor characters within it!
The Shadow Man is about three victims, who are locked in a flat with no idea why they’re there or where they are. The Shadow Man is to blame for their kidnap but they don’t know who he is, either. Only that he’s always there and always watching.
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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
And finally, Bird Box. I absolutely flew through this novel when I read it. It’s a really easy read so you can effortlessly get sucked in to this one. Bird Box is heart-pounding at times, leaving you holding your breath.
If you like Dystopian, this one is for you. Malorie and her two children and dreaming of finding refuge in a safe place but in order to get there, they need to be blindfolded. Because the world is full of something that if glimpsed at, a person is driven to deadly violence.
I also noticed after writing this that all but one of these book recommendations are movies as well, so if reading isn’t your thing and you’d rather settle down with a scary movie, a cozy blanket and a takeaway this Halloween, then I’d recommend checking out the movie alternatives instead!
I hope this has given you some ideas of creepy books to read this Halloween!
About the author: Jenny is a full-time blogger and content creator from Essex, writing about self care, personal growth and well-being whilst touching on other topics she’s passionate about, like books, Yoga and food. You can find Jenny on the following links: