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Your Ultimate Halloween Bookshelf

My favourite time of year is here! If you want something suitably creepy to read as you burn your autumn candles and sip a Pumpkin Spiced Latte look no further. I've pulled together your ultimate Halloween bookshelf. So dive in, pull close the cushions, and prepare for a scare!


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Man in the Painting by Susan Hill
Say Her Name by James Dawson
The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson


The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
The Girl With All The Gifts by A M Carey
World War Z by Max Brooks
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
Cell by Stephen King

Witches/Warlocks and Magic

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
Half Bad by Sally Green
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaimon
Deathless by Catherynne M Valente


Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Quick by Lauren Oliver
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


The Troop by Nick Cutter
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
Underneath by Kealan Patrick Burke
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Delicious, darkness

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Never List by Koethi Zan
The Three by Sarah Lotz
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Creepy children

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Florence and Giles by John Harding
Theo, A Novella by Paul Torday
Angela and Diabola by Lynne Reid Banks
The Shining by Stephen King

What will you be reading this Halloween?!


  1. Some good choices in there and some I'll have to look into. Definitely agree with the classics of Dracula and Frankenstein (though I far prefer the latter to the former, which got a bit silly at the end).

    Under 'Magic' I might add Erin Morgenstern's 'The Night Circus' which I read recently; a fairly light novel (i.e. not horrific) but with quite a gothic style to it. Into the horror, one of course must have Stephen King, though I would cite Desperation and Insomnia as my choices.

    For horror, I am shocked at the lack of H.P. Lovecraft. 'The Call of Cthulhu' is a masterpiece. And for creepy children, one has to consider John Wyndham's 'The Midwich Cuckoos'.

    Of the many books I've bought but not yet read, I think the most Halloweeny of them all might be Daphne Du Maurier's 'The House on the Strand'.

  2. Great choices! There were so many worthy King novels, it was so hard to choose. I have to admit that I have not yet read any Lovecraft - and I must fix that soon! Very glad you gave it a mention :)

  3. I love that you've included Cell in your list - such a creepy book, I read it years ago and it's one I still think about from time to time. I've had The Small Hand by Susan Hill languishing in my 'to read' pile for ever, I guess now would be a good time to read it!

  4. I love The Small Hand! Definitely a good (and quick!) read for this time of year :) enjoy it! X

  5. i am in LOVE with those graphics omg <3 xD

    I will try to read nightmare hour, i read this every year, its a collection of short stories by R.L. Stine (author of goosebumps) ever since it was read to me at a sleepover when i was about 10 years old (yes i even loved books way back when!)