31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween: Day #14 … Scary Books for Halloween

Hello Friends and welcome to my 31 Days of Halloween. Today is Day #14 and I’m listing scary Books To Read for the Halloween Season.

Can a book scare you? My mom said The Shining scared her so bad she had me going down to the basement for a month after she read it. I’ve had some books scare me to the point of not reading them after 10 pm (Reborn, F. Paul Wilson) because I don’t want that to be the last thing on my mind, but that never stops me.

I’ve never had a nightmare from a book but they have scared me to the point of rethinking everything. A book can transport you to many places, and the writer introduces you to a new world and opens your senses to just about anything. So … Can a book scare you? Hell yes!

My taste in horror novels doesn’t stop and start during the Fall and Halloween season. I read them year-round because I love the tension they create. I’ve curated this shortlist of my Halloween favs, but check out Good Reads for a more complete list.


Scary Books for Halloween

Scary books for Halloween, 2020

About the Books

My Best Friends ExorcismMy Best Friends Exorcism (Young Adult)

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade when they bonded over a shared love of E.T.,

roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different.

Halloween, Curtis RichardsHalloween, Curtis Richards

Tricked by his cunning … Treated to his savagery … Annie, Linda, and Laurie … fresh, pretty, ready to be taken … stalked by a sadistic power who has returned to claim new victims, on this … the most frightening night of the year.

NOTE: This book is so obscure it’s almost impossible to find. I did find a PDF copy (I can’t remember how) Let me know in the comments if you want more information.)

Halloween Party A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Halloween Party, Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #39)

A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Halloween party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first, he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Night Shoot, David SodergrenNight Shoot, David Sodergren

A group of desperate student film-makers breaks into Crawford Manor for an unauthorized night shoot. They have no choice. Their lead actress has quit. They’re out of time. They’re out of money.

They’re out of luck. Crawford Manor has a past that won’t stay dead, and the crew is about to come face-to-face with the hideous secret that stalks the halls.


Reborn, F Paul WilsonReborn, F Paul Wilson

A Nobel Prize-winning genetic researcher has died–now his vast fortune, Victorian mansion, and darkest secrets will be passed on to Jim Stevens. An orphan, Jim hopes the inheritance is a clue to his unknown origins. But his family and friends are plagued with apocalyptic warnings: “The Evil One is coming”. And Jim’s wife is about to give birth!

Salems Lot, Stephen KingSalem’s Lot, Stephen King

Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man, and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

Honorable Mentions

A Sincere Warning About the Entity in Your Home, Jason Arnopp
Witching Hour Theater, Jonathan Janz
The Silent Scream, Diane Hoh
Goth, Otsuichi

I hope you like this list and if you have any recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any posts in this series. Have a great day!  — Happy Halloween —

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