What better way to celebrate fall and Halloween than with some spooky reads? These thirteen books will get you into the spirit of the season with stories of the occult, magic, witches, wizards, vampires, zombies, ghosts and more. Whether you’re looking for something terrifying, something witchy, or something in between, there’s something here for you. 

Ninth House by Leigh BardugoDive into the occult with this new book set against Yale’s secret societies, especially good reading for people who don’t mind blood and a bit of torture. 

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees BrennanFall into this prequel to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and learn about Sabrina’s foray into the woods and her dance with danger. Being a teen witch isn’t as easy as it seems. 

Animus by Antoine RevoyIn this spooky graphic novel, kids playing at the playground get more than they bargained for and end up involved in a murder mystery. 

The Beautiful by Renee AdhiehVampires come to New Orleans in this new novel that’ll leave you feeling eager for the sequel. 

Imaginary Friend by Stephen ChboskyIf you want a book that will draw you in and keep you there for 700 pages, pick up this book about a little boy who goes missing for six days and comes back with an imaginary friend. 

City of Ghosts by Victoria SchwabThis book may bill itself as being for middle schoolers, but it’s a great, quick spooky read for all. Ghosts and Scotland? Sign me up. 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten WhiteThis fresh take on Frankenstein takes monsterous to a new, deeper level and is full of spooky dealings and perfect for fans of the classic!

The Whisper Man by Alex NorthIf you like reading about serial killers and being kept on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you. 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonThough it’s quite different from the Netflix show, this classic scary story is perfect for October reading.

Lock Every Door by Riley SagerYou’ll be double checking your locks after reading this novel set in an apartment building with a long history of death and a missing tenant. The ending will leave you reeling. 

The Chain by Adrian McKintyWhat would you do if someone kidnapped your child? Would you fufill their demands to kidnap someone else’s child? This book will leave your heart pounding!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham GreenWhat if Mr Darcy and Lizzie Bennet had to fight zombies as well as dance and flirt at the ball? This interesting horror take on the classic is a good October read. 

American Predator by Maureen CallahanTrue crime lovers rejoice because this well-researched read comes right off the page and will leave you scared for days, or at least suspicious of your oft-traveling neighbors. 

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member