It’s October and do you know what that means? HALLOWEEN! *breaks out singing ‘This is Halloween’* it’s such a good song though and it’s an amazing film. Do not hate on The Nightmare Before Christmas!
So since it’s October, I thought I would find ten creepy books that will fit the Halloween mood. I was actually quite surprised that I don’t have a lot of ‘creepy/scary’ books. I have crime books where people get murdered in gruesome ways but I don’t know whether to class those as creepy?
Anyway, here’s my compilation of the ten books you just HAVE to read this Halloween:
Two brothers. Onc mute, the other his lifelong protector.
Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.
In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. They cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end.
Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care.
But then the child’s body is found.
And the Loney always gives up its secrets in the end.
Welcome to Black Spring, a picturesque town with an ugly secret.
A 17th-century woman with sewn-shut eyes and mouth walks its streets… enters its homes… watches its people when they sleep.
They call her the Black Rock Witch.
So accustomed to her presence, the townsfolk often forget what will happen if her eyes ever open. To protect themselves the Black Spring elders use high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with the lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the rules and go viral with the haunting.
But no one foresees the dark nightmare that awaits them all.
Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted for murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect her remaining family.
Some houses are more than just haunted… they’re hungry.
Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don’t know this at first. They think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons.
But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House.
Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing – and nobody – can be trusted.
Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.
And the way out? That’s disappeared, too…
In America to escape to London and the violence that nearly killed him, forensics expert David Hunter needs to know whether he is still up to the job of confronting death in all its strange and terrible forms.
Then a body is found in a remote cabin out in the woods. And then another…
Pushed deep into the heart of a terrifying manhunt, Hunter begins to wonder if they’re on the trail of a maniac who simply cannot be stopped.
Once you get in, there’s no getting out.
For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep programme is the chance of a lifetime. Except when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm – formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here… secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.
From the dark heart of a Victorian prison, disgraces spiritualist Selina Dawes weaves an enigmatic spell. Is she a fraud or a prodigy? By the time it all begins to matter, you’ll find yourself desperately wanting to believe in magic.
A man comes round on the floor of a shabby flat in the middle of Budapest. His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood. There’s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table. And he has no idea where, or who, he is.
He can do extraordinary things – speak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess. But without a name, without a past, he’s isolated from the rest of the world; a stranger to everyone, including himself – until a chance encounter with a young scholar leads to his first friendship and his first hint that someone out there knows more about him that he does.
He’s being sent cryptic clues about his past, hidden in obscure places or pushed under his door by an unknown sender. But that’s not all; Gabriel Antaeus is seeing strange, impossible things; a burning man stalks his dreams and haunts his mirrors, his visions are filled with violence from the past, and he stumbles across an extraordinary golden aura, tracing a path past his home and through the city.
Something dark and disturbing in Gabriel’s past is trying to resurface. And as he pieces the clues together and fumbles his way towards the truth, segments of his past begin to fall into a sinister shape and events around him become increasingly dangerous. Gabriel Antaeus has a question to answer: is it really better the devil you know?
Coraline is not the kind of girl to be put off by a sign of danger read in some tea-leaves or indeed a message sent to her by some very talented mice! No, she is the kind of girl who faces a challenge with bravery, intelligence and a lot of determination. Which is just as well because she is going to need all of those skills, and more, in this wonderful, spooky tale of a girl caught on the wrong side of the door, with counterfeit parents who have buttons for eyes and who clearly do not intend to set her free.
Near the little town of Fairfold, in the darkest part of the forest, is a glass casket. Inside lies a sleeping faerie prince that none can rouse. He’s the most fascinating thing Hazel and her brother Ben have ever seen. They dream of waking him – but what happens when dreams come true?
In the darkest part of the forest, you must be careful what you wish for…
There we have it then! The ten books that you just have to read this Halloween! And when I say ‘have to’, I really do mean HAVE TO since all of these are so good and have that creep factor that you need to keep your spine-tingling and to keep you on the edge of your seat!