Today it is time for another top reads post and this time it is a Halloween themed one. All the books on this list are perfect for this time of the year and will leave you unnerverd and awake all night. here are my top spooky reads. Lets do this!
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.
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.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Its such a classic. How can you have Halloween and not have Frankenstein? We all know the story. this book follows scientist Victor Frankenstein as he creates a murderous creature who sets out to destroy Victors life. this book is so dark and creepy and much more psychological then I was expecting it to be. It is the perfect book for Halloween.
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.
The Forest Of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan
This is the first book in an awesome trilogy. The books revolve around a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by ‘zombies’. The book follows a young woman/girl as she leaves the relative safety of her village and ventures into the forest. A place completely overrun. This book really gets under your skin. It put me forests for a very long time. This story twists and manipulates, shifts and turns. It is the perfect story for Halloween
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This has got to be one of the most messed up and unnerving books that I have ever read. it is just deeply disturbing. The story follows a young girl named Coraline as she is essentially kidnapped and transported to a parallel world full of monsters and clay people and all kinds of creepiness. I listened to the audiobook for this one and was generally unnerved the whole time I was listening to it. this is such a creepy book. if you want a really quick, spooky read for Halloween, this is the book for you!
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.
And there we have it. those are the best Halloween books that I have ever read. what is your favourite Halloween book? Mine has got to be slasher girls and monster boys. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon. Have a good Halloween!!!