Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to get into the spirit than bringing on the horror with these great books!
1.) ‘Salem’s Lot
You can’t make a list about great Halloween and horror stories without including some Stephen King! ‘Salem’s Lot includes King staples like a small town in Maine and horror tropes like vampires, so it’s sure to get you in the a Halloween mood. King has said that this book is his favorite, so if you’re looking for your next King read after IT or looking to get into his work for the first time, ‘Salem’s Lot is a good choice.
2.) The Halloween Tree
Ray Bradbury’s fantasy novel is an obvious choice for this list, just by its name alone. It features a group of boys trick-or-treating only to journey through time in space when one of their friends goes missing and explores the history of Halloween and other traditions that involve ghosts, death, and haunting and how they have shaped the world. Anyone who is a fan of Stranger Things should get some extra enjoyment out of The Halloween Tree due to the similar focus on a group of children and what happens when one of them goes missing.
3.) The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is the oldest book on this list; it is considered by some to be the first psychological thriller. Ghosts, creepy children, an unreliable narrator this gothic ghost story has it all! If you’re in the mood for a suspenseful and chilling read that leaves you to draw your own conclusions, The Turn of the Screw may be what you’re looking for.
Coraline was my first Neil Gaiman book and my first horror story as well, but even in adulthood, it holds up as a solid horror story. Feeling neglected by her parents, Coraline goes exploring and discovers a parallel universe where things are a little…off. Creepy imagery like buttons in place of eyes and spider-like hands are sure to affect everyone, no matter their age. If you’re feeling a little nostalgic, or are simply looking for a good read, Coraline is a great book.
5.) Through the Woods
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is the only graphic novel on this list, so those of you busy with class-related readings can maybe find the time time for these short stories that are each terrifying in their own unique way. If you’re interested in twisted fairytales, macabre imagery, and a giving yourself the chills, this is the comic for you. The art is incredible and suited for the creepy stories it tells. Through the Woods is sure to keep you up at night.