Horror Books for Halloween
Thrills and chills!
October 26, 2021
Get your thrills and chills this October with spooky ghost stories, moody Gothic horror, psychological thrillers, and more!
From Pagan Ritual to Party Night
Drawing on an array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer’s end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century.
A Season With the Witch
The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts, may be the strangest city on the planet. A single event in its 400 years of history—the Salem Witch Trials of 1692—transformed it into the Capital of Creepy in America. But Salem is a seasonal town—and its season happens to be Halloween.
A group of scientists and filmmakers gather to explore an ark found inside a cave on Mount Ararat, but after they are trapped in the cave by a blizzard, they make the disturbing discovery that a coffin in the ship contains a misshapen cadaver with horns.
In a world where no one can go outside for fear of something terrifying that when seen drives people to deadly violence, single mother Malorie and her two children must attempt a terrifying twenty-mile trip downriver while blindfolded.
Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska. It’s the same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.
The Boy in the Woods
Thirty years after witnessing a murder and being involved in the cover-up, a bestselling author decides to use the crime as a story plot, but his life begins to unravel when a woman from his past threatens to divulge his darkest secret.
Children of Chicago
When the Pied Piper returns, leaving his special calling card on the bodies of his brutally murdered victims, Detective Lauren Medina is torn between protecting the city she has sworn to keep safe and keeping a promise she made long ago to him.
Chilling Tales of Horror
Dark Graphic Short Stories
A graphic novel series that adapts various classic horror stories to the level of the middle-grade reader features vivid illustrations and simplified language while maintaining the dark, eerie tone of each original work.
Dead of Night
Injected by a prison doctor with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake after death, a condemned serial killer experiences unforeseen, contagious side effects and emerges from his grave to begin a murderous rampage that is combatted by two small-town cops.
At the dawn of a new millennium, humankind faces its ultimate challenge as a demonic horde, led by a satanic overlord, prepares to leave its subterranean kingdom for an apocalyptic confrontation with the forces of good.
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
Joyce Carol Oates
A collection of six stories includes the tale of a boy’s obsession with a doll in the aftermath of a cousin’s leukemia-related death and a teen’s confrontation with an intruder while housesitting for her teacher.
The Family Plot
When a historic property is offered to her father’s salvaging company, Dahlia is alarmed when graves are found on the property and the estate’s owner goes missing just as a series of bizarre events reveal that the crew is being targeted by hostile forces.
The Final Girl Support Group
A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standingwhen the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious, a victim and a hero. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?
The Haunting of Hill House
Dr. Montague, an occult scholar, and his team—Theodora, his assistant; Eleanor, a fragile young woman with a close acquaintance with the paranormal; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House—conduct an unusual research project in a reputedly haunted house.
A Head Full of Ghosts
The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of what at first seems to be acute schizophrenia, but worsens until they believe it is actually demonic possession, asthey become the center of a reality TV show.
A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, from a cannibal cookbook to a used hangman’s noose, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend’s stepfather.
Addicted to pain killers and still bound to Gretchen Lowell, the beautiful serial killer who had abducted and tortured him before turning herself in, even after she is incarcerated for her crimes, Portland detective Archie Sheridan is caught in another deadly duel with a vicious murderer targeting teenage girls, ambitious reporter Susan Ward, and Gretchen herself.
Her Body and Other Parties
Carmen Maria Machado
In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Still haunted by a 17th-century witch, the townspeople of Black Spring try to contain the curse, but a group of bored, rebellious teenagers go viral with the story, in this English-language debut from the award-winning Dutch author.
Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, a motherless American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians, including her late father, who investigates the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler, a quest that takes her across Europe and into the pasts of her father and his mentor.
Home Before Dark
Twenty-five years after her father published a wildly popular nonfiction book based on her family’s rushed exit from a haunted Victorian estate, naysayer Maggie inherits the house and begins renovations, only to make a number of disturbing discoveries.
I Am Not a Serial Killer
John Wayne Cheever keeps his obsession with serial killers in check by a set of rigid rules that he lives by, hoping to the prevent himself from committing murder, but when a body turns up behind a Laundromat, John must confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control.
The sole survivor of a homicidal sociopath’s latest killing spree, Chyna Shepherd stumbles upon the identity of the murderer’s intended next victim and confronts her own troubled past and overwhelming fear to protect herself and a complete stranger from the ultimate evil.
John Dies at the End
A full-length tale based on the cult online serial by the editor-in-chief of Cracked.com finds an increasing number of people changed into threatening inhuman creatures by a hallucinogen, a situation that places the fate of the world in the hands of a pair of anti-heroes.
A documentary filmmaker visits London and France while doing research on a notorious cult steeped in paranormal myths and responsible for a 1970s massacre, only to have his film shoot plagued by a series of uncanny events.
The Last Days of Jack Sparks
When he dies while researching the occult for his new book, controversial journalist Jack Sparks, who triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed, has his final days revealed in a chilling video posted from his own YouTube account.
The Lesser Dead
Joey Peacock, a vampire in 1978 New York City, has his routine of sleeping all day and hunting, womanizing and attending punk rock shows by night interrupted by child-like vampires of a different breed, who pose a threat to Joey and all of those like him.
The Lost Village
Obsessed with the vanishing residents of an old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village”documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt and her crew set up camp and are soon plagued by strange events that makes them realize they are not alone.
When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman’s death.
Rendered a latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which she emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The Classic Regency Romance—Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem
Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
In Cancun, Mexico, for a peaceful vacation, a group of tourists sets off in search of one of their group who disappeared during an excursion to some nearby Mayan ruins, only to come face to face with an insidious evil that threatens their very lives.
Searchers After Horror
New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic
Shares a collection of “weird fiction” horror stories from such authors as Melanie Tem, W.H. Pugmire, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Nancy Kilpatrick.
Stephen King, Owen King
A father-son collaboration envisions a near-future where the women succumb to a sleeping disease, the men revert to their increasingly primal natures and one woman, mysteriously immune, struggles to survive in an Appalachian prison town where she is treated alternately as a demon and a lab specimen.
Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
A first installment in a new trilogy co-written by an acclaimed screenwriter and an award-winning author follows an epic struggle for survival between humans and vampires, a tale that is set against a backdrop of the post-World War II era in eastern Europe and America.
The Girl Who Died
A new teacher in a remote Icelandic village investigates after she is plagued by nightmares of a white-clad little girl in her rented attic apartment that happens to be the site of a local legendary haunting.
We Are All Completely Fine
A group of outcasts with questionable states of mental health—including Stan, who was partially eaten by cannibals, and Greta, who may be a mass-murdering arsonist—are sought by a psychotherapist to uncover internal and external monsters.
The Winter People
Coming of age in an old farmhouse, nineteen-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse’s long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.
Moving to a rural farmhouse in far upstate New York, Orla, a retired dancer, must protect her family from an unknown entity that is calling to them from the land, in the earth, beneath the trees, and in their minds.
World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.