20 Must-Read Books For Halloween Lovers

It’s October which means a lot of pumpkin-flavored drinks, pumpkin-themed foods, cozy sweaters and most importantly — Halloween! This creepy time of year is the perfect chance to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea, coffee or an overpriced pumpkin spiced latte (it’s okay, we aren’t judging you) and great books that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. There are the books that keep you entertained and there are the books that stick with you long after you’ve read them. Whether you prefer books of the ghost story variety or the psychological thriller that keeps you turning the page, we’ve got the perfect list of book recommendations for your October reading list!

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1. The Haunting of Hill House: 

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Dr. Mantague, an occult scholar, wants to use science to prove the existence of supernatural activity at the Hill House. The mansion with a scary history will be the setting for his experiment. The subjects, Eleanor Vance and Theodora are the only two who respond to his invitations. Luke, nephew and heir to the Hill fortune are also invited to take part in the experiment. As the guests all settle into the house, they are quickly aware of its powers…

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2. Ghost Story:

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Four old men gather to share stories in a sleepy town, Milburn, New York. They enjoy sharing their scary stories, both real and made up, as a means of distraction from their quiet lives. One story, a chapter of their lives as young men, is back to haunt them. The mistake, a horrific accident they believe was left buried in the past, will show them not all sins go unpunished.

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3. The Woman in Black:

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Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming lone lawyer from London sent on an assignment to a far away town to help settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow who resides at the Eel Marsh House. Kipps is unsuspecting of the assignment that will change his life forever–the secrets that lie within the mysterious house will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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4. Hell House:

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Stephen King has declared this book “the scariest haunted house novel that’s ever been written,” so we have to take his word for it. Belasco House, aka “hell house,” is the Mount Everest of haunted houses. Despite the horrendous events that have occurred at the house, four individuals set out to uncover this evil house’s secrets. Will these brave individuals outlast the evil that resides at the Belasco House?

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5. I Remember You:

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Three friends make a business venture and purchase an isolated home in hopes of turning it into a bed and breakfast in an Icelandic village. While they work hard to renovate the rundown home, they quickly realize they aren’t alone. A fierce presence lets them know they aren’t welcome. Then there’s a young doctor across town investigating the suicide of an elderly woman who he discovers was obsessed with his son, who vanished. These strangers will soon find out their stories will collide to reveal a terrifying truth.

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6. Penpal:

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What started off as an innocent school assignment, ends with a terrifying realization. One man investigates a series of crazy and tragic occurrences from his childhood after participating in a penpal assignment. As he puts the bits and pieces together, he starts to realize how they’ve affected the totality of his life.

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7. American Psycho:

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Patrick Bateman is an investment banker. As the narrator, he lets the reader into his mind and his experiences at nightclubs, drugs and relationships. As the story unravels, the reader will notice his mental stability (or lack thereof). He’s an investment banker by day, but a serial killer by night. From the first kill to the final disclosed in the book, his methods become more violent and torturous. What makes the story even more interesting? Bateman reveals all these activities to coworkers, working the details into casual conversations, but his confessions are written off as nothing more than a joke. Really makes you think twice about befriending coworkers doesn’t it?

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8. Behind Closed Doors:

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Jack and Grace are the definitions of a picture-perfect couple. Jack has money and looks; Grace is elegant and charming, the two host swanky dinner parties that leave Grace’s friends in complete awe. Grace’s friends want to invite her to lunch as a way to thank her for being such a gracious host, but she knows Jack will never allow it. Is there something more behind the door of this picture perfect couple’s home? And why are there bars on the bedroom windows?

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9. House of Leaves:

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Will Navidson and Karen Green move into a small house on Ash Tree Lane with their two children. When the young children wander around the house, Will and Karen are baffled by the stories of creatures, darkness and the abyss behind a closet door. Then there’s the growl that tears through the walls and haunts their dreams.

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10. False Memory:

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Susan suffers from agoraphobia, as a result she must see a psychiatrist for weekly sessions, with the assistance of her friend Martie, who shuttles her back and forth. However, Martie too starts to exhibit signs of a mental disorder. Then her brother-and-law Skeet attempts to commit suicide, throwing himself from a rooftop. Is it all just a coincidence? Or is there something much bigger and twisted going on?

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11. And Then There Were None:

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What do these ten people have in common? They all have something they want to hide and something they also fear. So what happens when they’re all invited to stay at a mansion that’s isolated on Indian Island? Their mysterious host fails to arrive, and one by one, dark secrets are revealed and lives will be lost…

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12. Rosemary’s Baby:

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Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are newlyweds who purchase a four-bedroom apartment that finally becomes available at The Bramford building despite the warnings from their friend Hutch who strongly advises against the purchase because he believes the building is cursed. Rosemary believes it is the perfect place to raise a child once Guy, an aspiring actor, warms up to the idea. Bizarre things begin to happen around the apartment, and Rosemary can’t help but notice that the neighbors are friendly, but certainly a little odd. Just as Guy’s acting career starts to take off, Rosemary learns she is pregnant. What should be the beginning of a beautiful life is only the beginning of a nightmare.

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13. Misery:

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Paul Sheldon is a bestselling writer and he’s finally meeting his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. She’s read every novel he’s every published, but she’s also the one who tends to his wounds after a terrible car accident. She attempts to nurse him back to health…while holding him captive in her isolated home. Annie is less than pleased after Paul killed off Misery, the main character of his latest book series and requests that he rethink that decision. Will her methods of persuasion be successful?

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14. The Shining:

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Jack Torrance thought his new job at the Overlook Hotel was exactly what he needed to reconnect with his family and revamp his writing. Over time, however, Jack and his unsuspecting family begin to experience some bizarre things. The once idyllic location is remote and begins to take a sinister feeling. The only one to notice things are a little off is five-year-old Danny Torrance.

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15. The Exorcist:

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12-year old Regan MacNeil falls gravely ill, soon after her mother Chris begins to notice strange things occurring in and around their rented house. She tries to write the strange occurences off, but she can’t ignore the fact that her daughter’s behavior. The young girl refuses to eat or sleep and even starts acting out violently. Chris seeks help from Father Damien Karras. Can he save the soul of the young unsuspecting child? Or is it too late?

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16. IT:

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The children were the ones who could see and feel what made their hometown so scary when the adults were utterly clueless. The children knew very well that IT took the shape of your deepest, darkest fears. As the kids shared their encounters with IT at a young age, they eventually all grew up and moved away, until something calls them back to their small hometown. Upon arriving back in Derry, Maine, they must unravel the nightmarish memories.

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17. Salem’s Lot:

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If you miss the stories when a vampire was ruthless and not misunderstood, horny teenagers, this is the King book for you. Following the death of his wife, Ben Mears, a writer, moves back to a sleepy Maine town, ‘Salem’s Lot where he lived as a boy. He plans to continue working on his novel, but something sinister is making his plans impossible to accomplish, but can he defeat Barlow and his children of the night before it’s too late

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18. Into the Woods:

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One warm evening in a suburb in Dublin, three children go out to play but don’t return home. Later that night, police are able to locate one of the children who is gripping a tree trunk for dear life in blood-filled shoes. The child is unable to recollect what took place over the course of that evening. Twenty years later, Rob Ryan, has become a detective and managed to keep that frightening night hidden in his past. That is until he stumbles across a case that reminds him a lot of his own tragic experience.

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19. The Ritual:

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Old university friends are reunited for a hiking trip out in the Scandinavian wilderness. The four men who were once great friends, struggle to connect now that they’re all older. Frustration and tension influence their decision to take a shortcut that turns an innocent hike into the stuff of nightmares that might cost them their lives. As they wander around a vast, untouched forest, they stumble across remains that appear to have been part of pagan sacrifices. That’s when they realize they aren’t alone in the forest.

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20. People Who Eat Darkness:

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Based on a true story — Lucie Blackman is a tall, blonde 20-year-old who vanishes one summer while in Tokyo. Her dismembered remains are found in a seaside cave the following winter. Lucie’s disappearance was covered by Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent. Read all about the grueling search, investigation, and trial. Parry gains the trust of Blackman’s family and friends. Learn more about this strange and devastating true story, a case that many believe was mishandled by the Japanese police and heavily influenced by the massive media coverage.

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Read your spooky heart out.

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