When I think of fall, I think of colorful leaves, pumpkins and warm and cozy sweatshirts. I think of football and fire pits and of course, my favorite….HALLOWEEN.
NOTHING gets me more into the mood for fall then a good book especially ones from the thriller or horror genres. Therefore let me present to you – along with the wonderful contributors below……5 Spooky & Creepy Reads.
Graveyard Apartment | Mariko Koike
Blogger: Sasha @ Musings of A Final Girl
If you’re needing a horror themed book for the terrific spooky fall months, you can’t go wrong with such a magnificent read as Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike. While it may seem like a typical ‘haunted house’, it is so much more. This book kept me on my toes every step of the way. A gruesome, yet vague scene toward the end really shocked me but was utterly fitting at the same time. The story ends with such a sad, heart-wrenching implied cliffhanger. I highly recommend this as a read for any horror/thriller fan, especially if you are a fan of haunted locations. It kept me guessing and tense throughout each chapter.
His Hideous Heart | Edited by Dahlia Adler, Authors various
Blogger: Harker @ The Hermit Librarian
Edgar Allen Poe has long been a hallmark of spooky times and with the advent of the autumn season (in the Northern Hemisphere), what better way to celebrate his classic tales of horror, eeriness, and the macabre than a collection of retellings from some of the most skilled Young Adult authors currently writing?
Having recently read His Hideous Heart, I was bowled over with how much I loved this collection. Anthologies can be hit or miss sometimes (you can’t please everyone), but I enjoyed near every entry in HHH. My personal favorites came from Rin Chupeco and Tessa Gratton.
If you’re intrigued by the dark, by the spooky, the twisty and possibly more than one or two not-so-heroic main characters, you’ll love His Hideous Heart.
Horrorstor | Grady Hendrix
Blogger: Sasha @ Musings of A Final Girl
The cover and layout design for this novel has got to be one of my absolute favorites. If you look at the front cover and compare it to the back, you’ll get a small taste of the horror tone this novel will have. Grady gave me characters I loved in this novel These characters made some smart decisions. They were funny, serious, scared, skeptical. Each was perfectly written. Grady has a wonderful way of writing. The general tone always catches my attention and immediately sucks me into the story.
The unease begins to happen relatively early in this story and it slowly builds up from there before finally exploding in a mixture of disgust, absolute terror and wonderful horror in later chapters while at the same time managing to sprinkle in bits of good humor, just enough to get a chuckle before sending you back to the “THIS PLACE IS FREAKING HAUNTED” tone and scenes. The horror ramped to a degree I wasn’t expecting in this novel, and I’m happy it did. The ending of this book was a good one. I was excited and terrified all at once.
If you’re a fan of haunted house horror, good humor and plenty of terror- you absolutely need to add this book to your list!
The Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
Blogger: Dana @ Devour Books With Dana
The Turn of the Key is a mystery, thriller about a young nanny who moves into her employer’s smart house just for everything to go wrong. The book starts off with her writing desperately to a lawyer, begging him to believe her: she didn’t kill that little girl. This book, for me, was so creepy but so good. I couldn’t put it down to sleep because I had to know what happened to Maddie and why Rowan was begging her lawyer to believe her. There were so many suspects for the creepy things going on around the house that you, and Rowan, never know who you can trust.
Verity | Colleen Hoover
Blogger: Jennifer @ Jennifer Mitchell, Bibliolater
Verity by Colleen Hoover is a mind-blowing thriller that takes place in a creepy mansion….a creepy mansion that reminds me a lot of Hill House. The story involves a struggling author named Lowen who took a job as a ghost writer of a famous author named Verity because Lowen was a) emotionally and financially broke and b) had a major crush on Verity’s husband, Jeremy of whom she had just met in an extremely unfortunate way. Verity, the character, is a self obsessed, vain author who wrote books in the antagonist’s POV. Yep, she writes her books as the VILLAIN.
If you are in the mood for a book that is disturbing and astonishingly weird, Verity is for you. I spent most of my timing reading this novel with a WTH sort of expression on my face. I also spent a lot of time asking myself over and over again “Did I really just read that?” As for the ending, take a deep breath…this ending will blow your mind!
Special thanks to the bloggers who have contributed to this spooky and creepy book list. Be sure to check out their blogs by clicking on their blog names, too! And as always, Happy Reading!