I’m not as Halloween-obsessed as the rest of the world seems to be (probably because I’m an absolute wimp and don’t see the appeal of intentionally getting scared), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t pick up a scary book from time to time. (Am I contradicting myself here?) Just in time for Halloween tomorrow, I’m sharing 4 books that will give you the creeps. Just settle down with one of these books tomorrow, grab a few candles and a steaming cup of coffee, and enjoy the scare!
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
As you may expect of a story with a dead witch whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut, this book THOROUGHLY creeped me out. Even had some problems walking around in the dark, expecting her to randomly show up right in front of me. Olde Heuvelt wrote a horror masterpiece and you don’t have to believe me, Stephen King said so too! Seriously.
Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.
The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Okay this book is just a hoot from beginning to end. I can’t say I was scared at any point in the story, but I laughed so hard I fell out of my chair. The best part however is how brilliantly this book was made as it honestly looks like an IKEA-catalog.
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
I’m honestly an absolute wimp when it comes to scary movies and stories, and this book scared the crap out of me. I… I still don’t want to think about those haunted dolls…
Monsters by Emerald Fennell
This one is definitely more of a psychological thriller than a true horror novel, but it’s still an awesome story to curl up with. At the end, you will have goosebumps and hope that you’ll never run into any kids like these.
A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet.
Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not – a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand…
A book about two twelve-year-olds that is definitely not for kids.
What do you think of the books that ended up on my list? What are some of your favorite creepy books? Let me know in the comments!