There’s nothing better than curling up and reading a good book. As the nights draw in and fall blesses us all with its cool and shady presence, it’s the perfect time to thrill and chill yourself with some radical reads. To help you out, we’ve picked 13 of our most anticipated titles as well as three iconic classics that will get you in the Halloween mood.
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
The Vaccaro School is an academy steeped in mystery. The strange Argentinian finishing school is the setting for Faring’s haunting YA adventure and it’s the perfect read for a cold fall evening. Mavi is our heroine as she tries to uncover the secrets of her new home against the backdrop of 1970s South America. This is a spooky and mind-bending thriller that will leave you thinking about it far after you turn the last page.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
If you’ve read
Slay by Brittney Morris
You’ve never read another book like
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
If you’re looking for a terrifying Gothic thriller, then make sure you pick up this horrifying offering from Giesbrecht. In the desolate seaside town of Elendhaven, a monster stalks the streets hungry for the taste of death. The haunting figure isn’t the only danger to the mortal world though as a secretive world of magic and monsters threatens the very fabric of life as we know it. This chilling treat will get you in the perfect mood for the spookiest season of the year!
The Twisted Ones by Ursula Vernon (writing as T. Kingfisher)
When Mouse’s grandmother dies, she takes up her dad’s offer to clean up her old house. It seems like it’ll be simple enough, but the echoing home in North Carolina holds secrets. As Mouse battles her way through the belongings of the deceased hoarder, she finds a journal that hints at some otherworldly horrors Mouse can’t quite believe until she starts to experience some of the same things herself.
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Aderyn comes from a family of gravediggers and business is rough. That might have something to do with the fact that in the small village of Colbren, the dead don’t always stay dead. The zombie-like creatures are known as Bone Houses; according to local legend, they’re a symptom of an age-old curse. But when a young mapmaker called Ellis turns up in town, the attacks worsen and the newcomer has to team up with Aderyn to break the curse.
A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
This new book, from acclaimed horror author John Hornor Jacobs, brings together his lauded novella
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky
Twenty years after the release of his seminal young adult novel
The Furies by Katie Lowe
This is the perfect pick for fans of
The Institute by Steven King
Would it be Halloween without Stephen King? Well, luckily the prolific writer has released a new book just in time and it sounds like a horror-tinged take on the X-Men. When Luke’s parents are murdered he is kidnapped and wakes up in a terrifying medical facility where children with strange powers are tortured and controlled. Can Luke and his fellow patients beat the evil director before they’re all carted off to the “Back Half” you’ll have to pick up this thrilling tale to find out.
Life Is Short and Then You Die by Mystery Writers of America
This is the first anthology from the Mystery Writers of America and collects stories from authors including Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more. Each short murder mystery presents a new take on the firsts that we all go through in life with a little bit of added death and deceit for good measure!
Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski
Nell has spent her life moving around and when she ends up in an old hotel she thinks that it’s just business as usual. That is until Nell’s horrifying visions quickly make her realizes that she might have a connection to the crumbling building and a brutal murder that happened within its walls. With the help of a mysterious bellboy, Nell has to take on her nightmarish more home to discover the truth about the Winslow Grand Hotel and herself.
And now for some classic chillers for you to enjoy…
The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
One of Japan’s foremost horror writers Koike’s most well-known book is this searingly spooky ghost story about a young family who move into a dreamy apt block. Once there the family finds themselves trapped in a nightmarish battle for their home and lives against a malevolent power that dwells in the basement of the titular housing development.
Beloved by Tony Morrison
Morrison’s harrowing ghost story about the horrors of slavery and the devastation of trauma is nothing less than stunning but go in ready to be ruined as this is not for the faint of heart. The story follows Sethe and her daughter Denver, both women recently escaped from the grips of slavery, they are not alone though as it seems that they’re being haunted. Brutal and beautiful this is a must read for any fan of horror, literature, history, or brilliant books.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Butler is nothing less than a master when it comes to haunting, vital speculative fiction. This is one of her most horrific offerings that centers on a 53-year-old vampire coming to terms with the reality of their new lifestyle in the body of a young girl. A story about fear, family, and finding your people that also happens to be a killer vampire story