Halloween is the favorite time of the year for a large majority of thriller and suspense readers as there’s nothing more fun than reading a high quality creepy story in the dim glow of a bedside lamp, tucked away nicely from the fall evening chill.
Who knows? Maybe reading a good story gives you some fresh ideas about your next Halloween look so that you don’t have to look for inspirations in the fashion world and likes of Heidi Klum (see her Greatest Halloween Costumes here as a reference).
Anyways, we think you will enjoy reading these creepy books along with a nice glass of wine and your favorite snack:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror.
It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes: This is scary as hell. A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes’s new genre-bending novel of suspense.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
If you’re Detective Versado’s geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you’re Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you’ll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe–and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
Ghost Story by Peter Straub: #1 New York Times bestselling author Peter Straub’s classic tale of horror, secrets, and the dangerous ghosts of the past. What was the worst thing you’ve ever done?
In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.
But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever.
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson: The scariest stories ever told are often the true kinds! People who’re into horror stories would already know that The Amityville Horror is based on a real-life story of gruesome murders and terror that follows thereafter. It’s about one particular home in New York’s Amityville, that witnessed these murders during the 1970s.
It’s full of devilish conspiracies and dirty evil spirits. The Amityville Horror is easily the bloodiest and spookiest horror story you can read on the eve of Halloween.
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice: There have been all kinds of vampire books that have come around right from the Dracula era to the more contemporary Twilight days! However, Anne Rice is the best author when it comes to the bloodsucking night walkers.
Prince Lestat is the 11th book in The Vampire Chronicles’ series and features the same kind of thrills and blood as seen in the earlier installments. It involves some of the old favorite characters of the series, including Louis de Pointe du Lac. Easily a kind of horror story that’ll keep you hooked till the late hours of the night and then give you a hard time sleeping!
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix: Have you ever wondered what can happen inside a furniture store at night? Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix tells you exactly that! It’s a ridiculous, funny and an eerie novel at the same time. Pretty unique in terms of its story and format, Horrorstor is quite unlike any horror story you must have read so far. Just the right type to get you into the Halloween spirit, without taking things too far!
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. It’s “a treat for fans of The Evil Dead or Zombieland, complete with affordable solutions for better living.”—Kirkus Reviews.
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.
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker: Frank Cotton’s insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand’s box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother’s love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back—though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay.