Halloween very well may be an introvert’s worst nightmare! All of those strangers coming to your door and demanding candy and social interaction…no thanks.
Luckily there’s still a way for you to be festive even if you don’t want to hand out candy or go to a party! I think it would be totally acceptable if you stayed in and read a creepy book instead, so I’ve compiled a list of 13 creeptastic books to read while you avoid trick or treaters!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Festively titled, Mary Shelley takes us to Frankenstein’s mansion in Europe. No, not the monster! Dr. Frankenstein is the creator who became preoccupied with taking on the role of God – creating human life – and he succeeds! Kinda. Except that he’s created a monster.
Now his monster is on the hunt to ruin Frankenstein’s life and everyone else’s.
Harry Potter (any of the books) by J.K. Rowling
This is a great choice if you aren’t looking for anything too dark and brooding. J.K. Rowling plunges us deep into the world of Harry Potter, where a murderous wizard is rising from the dead to take over the wizarding world.
Over the course of seven years, we run into centaurs, ogres, murder, ghosts, and a hilarious Poltergeist you won’t see in the movies!
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
I actually saw the movie before reading the book, but this is a great one! It’s about a man who must uncover and set right his family’s dark past so his deceased wife can rest in peace. Anything by Stephen King would definitely be the right choice if you want to be scared right out of your pants!
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Technically, this book is a sequel to Red Dragon, but it’s also a novel, so it can stand alone. This story is about Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee, and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer and cannibal. Starling is sent by the FBI to talk to Lecter about the identity of killer “Buffalo Bill”, but Lecter is only focused on one thing: escaping the asylum.
The Cask of Amontillado (it’s technically a short story) by Edgar Allan Poe
I was fascinated by this story in high school. It’s very creepy and centers around revenge. Montresor believes Fortunato has insulted him and finds it a suitable punishment to take him down to the catacombs and brick him in alive.
The Shining by Stephen King
When Jack Torrance decides to relocate his family to the Colorado Rockies to take a job as the off-season manager of an isolated hotel, creepiness ensues. Jack’s son Danny begins to see into the hotel’s terrible past using his incredible psychic gifts. As the family is snowed in during a snowstorm, the hotel’s horrific supernatural forces begin to affect Jack, putting everyone in danger.
Midnight Library by Damien Graves
This is a children’s horror fiction series. Each book usually has a collection of 3 short stories in it. It will leave you frozen to the edge of your seat with thrilling twists and heart wrenching cliff hangers.
I’ve linked the Tales of Terror Boxed Set of 3 if you’re not sure which ones to start with!
Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
Another children’s horror fiction series, Goosebumps tells the tales of children who end up on spooky adventures! I’ve linked the Horrorland Box Set to give you a good place to start.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is another one that I loved reading in high school! I remember finding it creepy back then, so I figured it would be a great one to include here. The story follows Gabriel Utterson’s investigation into the strange relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
It by Stephen King
Set in fictional Derry, Maine, It follows the story of a group of children who discover they all have a link to a shapeshifting creature that has terrorized their town for centuries.With an aim to put an end to the creature’s destruction, they set out to destroy It. Filled with twists and turns and absolute fear, It is a fantastic novel to check out if you think fear is delicious.
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
When a young couple move into a historic building in New York City, they are warned that the building has a “disturbing history.” Nevertheless, Rosemary and her husband Guy quickly become friendly with their neighbors, the Castevets. After Rosemary becomes pregnant with their first child, strange things begin to occur she begins to suspect everyone around her of seeking to steal her child. It’s well-worth a read if you want a twisty, turny book that will keep you on edge.
Cujo by Stephen King
When Cujo, a good-natured St. Bernard, is bitten by a rabid bat, he begins to attack the residents of sleepy Castle Rock, Maine. When Donna and Tad Trenton are trapped inside their car by Cujo, it quickly becomes a situation of life and death at the hands (or paws) of a vicious dog driven crazy by disease.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Face it. Twilight was a disgrace to the vampire name. Seriously! Vampires don’t sparkle. That’s actually my only issue with the portrayal of vampires in those books. Anyway, we are getting off point!
If you are looking for heart wrenching, soul tearing, blood sucking fun, read Dracula. If you want to know what started our fascination with vampires, read Dracula. If you are looking for a story that will give your child nightmares, read Dracula you monster.
There is no excuse good enough to deny yourself the pure joy of reading this lifetime classic.
R E A D D R A C U L A !
Mica, Savannah, and Lex
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