Halloween is nearly here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to read some spooky books!
Obviously, Halloween means other exciting things too like scary movies, lots of sweets and trick or treating, but the best part of it all is books, so let’s focus on that.
I’m an absolute wuss. This doesn’t change when it comes to the books I read either. But when Halloween comes around, I’m always inclined to pick up something that’s a little bit more on the creepy side than my usual book choices.
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to dive head first into the horror section.
This post will only have one true horror book. I could have gone wild and added more, but that’s just not my thing. I like a spooky book that will put me in the Halloween mood, not a book that will give me nightmares for the next year.
So, if you’re into extremely scary books, this probably isn’t the post for you and I’m sure another blogger will have written a great post more suitable for you. But if you’re into mildly creepy books, then read on.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This book gets a lot of mixed reviews, but in my opinion, it’s great and the perfect Halloween read. It’s a book about ‘peculiar’ children with a vintage twist. With the fascinating vintage photos there to add to the story, it really makes the reader feel gripped and spooked.
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
This is the one horror book in this post.
Most people know Susan Hill by her novel, The Woman In Black. However, my favourite from all of Susan Hill’s work is The Small Hand. This novella is fast-paced, gripping and super scary. I won’t spoil the plot too much but this story involves a ‘small hand’ of a ghost child and if that’s not scary enough for you, I don’t know what is.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
This book is an absolute classic for children’s literature. If you went to a British school then there’s a high chance that you read this book in class. But that doesn’t mean you can enjoy it as an adult too. A book about witches is absolutely perfect for Halloween.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I know that this book is children’s literature, but trust me when I say it’s spooky enough for adults too. It’s a classic book that’s full of curiosity and adventure. Coraline is a pretty quick read but it sure packs enough creepiest in there. Maybe read this one with the lights on.
So now you’ve read about my top four spooky books, let me know yours! Are you a fan of the terrifying stuff? Or are you a wuss like me?