5 Spooky Books to Chill You This Halloween

Its the spooky season, the season of skeletons, bats, graveyards, black cats, witches, ghouls, and ghosts. In this season, everyone loves to watch some terrifying horror films or go to get your socks rocked at a haunted house. But what about books? That’s where we come in. Here are some chill-worthy spine tinglers to sink your teeth into this Halloween!

5. ‘The graveyard Apartment’ by Mariko Koike 

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The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike is a terrifying novel that comes up with a bonkers premise: a seemingly normal apartment is moved into by a young couple. Everything seems normal but for one fact: the apartment is built next to a graveyard. Strange events begin to happen and soon, everyone begins to move out, one by one until the couple is left. Alone in the deserted building. But they’re not alone. There’s something in the basement. And its coming for them. If that sounds horrifying, dig into this one and see why Mariko Koike is one of the most acclaimed horror writers to come out of Japan.

4. ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Temple is scary. Really scary. Its the tale of four people who arrive at the notorious Hill House, participating in an experiment to find evidence of occult activity. As spooky events begin to occur, things begin to take a turn for the nightmarish as the house begins to make itself known. Using suspense and the suggestion of horror more than actual physical monsters, the novel’s effect can only be truly felt if you read it yourself. Just don’t do it after dark.

3. ‘Hell House’ by Richard Matheson

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Hell House by Richard Matheson takes the familiar ‘exploring a haunted house’ and twists the knife so deep it becomes a radical new take on the genre. As the investigators explore the house, their grip on reality and sanity slowly erodes until all that’s left is a nightmare they can’t awake from. Its best not to talk about this one too much, just dive in and prepare to be utterly horrified.

2. ‘Night film’ by Marisha Pessl 

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl combines horror with modern technology, to chilling effect. As a writer investigates the death of a cult filmmaker’s daughter, the films themselves—legendary and difficult to view—may be the most disturbing aspect of this twisting descent into madness. Basically, its like watching a bunch of snuff films but through the eyes of another and letting your imagination do the work. Which, be honest, is way scarier than watching a horror movie.

 

1. ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

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Dracula may be oversaturated but the original novel still has bite. Telling the story that we all know, this story presents Dracula in prime form, he’s actually quite scary! Showcasing him not as a funny vampire with a heavy accent but rather as a full on abomination who crawls up walls like a lizard, summons hordes of rats, oozes malice and disgust, and smells like what he is: a rotting corpse, his breath rank with death itself. Filled with creepy imagery such as Dracula’s rotting castle, his trio of brides, the plague he brings to London, and his feeding upon his victims, this is a perfect novel for the season of October.

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