ITS ALMOST HALLOWEEN!!! To celebrate I thought that I would share with you some of my all time favourite Spooky Reads. All of these are perfect for this time of year. So, without further ado, here are my top spooky reads.
Lockwood And Co by Jonathan Stroud
This is a middle grade series, which I would never give to a middle grader. The Lockwood & Co series focuses around a ghost hunting, private investigator agency. The series is set in a universe where ghost freely wonder the streets at night and it is up to children/teenagers (the only people that can actively see them) to hunt them and take them down. The books follow a specific agency ‘Lockwood & Co’ on their adventures. These books sound light-hearted, but they aren’t. Yes there are a lot funny moments, but there are also lots of scary and disturbing ones as well. For instance there is a moment in the first book with a bleeding room and a well were monks were buried alive. Definitely not a book I would give to anyone under 16, but it is a very good read. perfect for Halloween.
Say Her Name by Juno Dawson
This book creeped the hell out of me. The story follows Bobbie and her friends, Caine and Naya, as they summon Bloody Mary on Halloween as a dare. This book is the fall out of that. I really enjoyed this book. It is very dark and unnerving. it plays on your fears and reinvents an urban legend that we all know. It left me scared to look into mirrors.
Slasher Girls And Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke and others
This collection of 14 short stories will really get you into the Halloween spirit. Each little story is by a different YA author and all of them are spooky/scary/horror stories. The stories range from a zombie apocalypse to a game with Death, a ghost in world war two to a internet serial killer. Plus, this book has works form some seriously incredible authors, Leigh Bardugo, Carrie Ryan, Marie Lu, Jay Kristoff and many more. This whole book will leave you super unnerved. If you are only going to read one spooky book this Halloween, it should be this one. So many little stories in one.
Dracula by Bram Stocker
a brilliantly creepy classic. You cannot go wrong with it at this time of year. If you are pushed for time, this is the book for you. It is a very easy read, in an unusual format. Dracula is a story that we know, but that we need to read. It is dark and creepy and honestly, such a good read. perfect for the spooky season.
Shadow House by Dan Poblocki
prepare to be very creeped out. The Shadow House trilogy is another middle grade series, that I would not give to a middle grader. It is pretty fucked up story, and would give a lot of children nightmares (some of the storylines consist of murder, experiments on children, manipulation, manslaughter, child abuse and more. not particularly kid friendly). The books follow five 12-14 year olds as they summoned to a deserted mansion in the middle of nowhere, for seemingly innocent reasons, but, this isn’t the case. Right from the first page the creepy begins. There are girls in the mirror, music that no-one else can hear and so much more. this is a pretty spooky trilogy, although I do wish it had been written as a YA.
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
this story is essentially all about what happens to children when exposed to evil. The story follows 16-year-old Sophie, who after the tragic death of her best friend, goes to stay with her step-uncle and step-cousins in Scotland. But things are not well. With one of her cousins already dead, another terrified of her own skeleton, one whose dreams have been shattered by a mysterious fire and the other becoming increasingly two faced, all while her uncle is sits by, oblivious to his family tearing apart at the seams, Sophie must fight for her life and try to figure out what’s going on. I personally didn’t find this book particularly scary (although I think for a younger audience it will be), I did find it creepy and interesting though. it felt more like a thriller then a horror but it was a very good Halloween read. it is well worth a read and has recently gotten a sequel.
And that is it. those are some of my all-time favourite spooky reads. All of these are well worth a read, especially at this time of year. They are the perfect Halloween Reads. What are some of your favourite spooky reads? Any that I should put on next year’s Halloween tbr? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.