October is here! It’s the time of goblins and ghouls, ghosts and demons, witches and black magic! Even though my answer changes every month, I think that October is my favorite month of all time- not only because of the spooky atmosphere, but also because the weather finally cools down and it’s just so beautiful <3
For the past few years, I’ve been trying out some ‘creepy’ books since I’ve never read any as a kid (no I didn’t read Goosebumps or any of those popular ‘scary’ kid books) and since I’ve found a few great reads I wanted to share them. Not all of these books are scary, but they are listed because I think they add to the mood off Halloween (:
I’m going to attempt to organize them by category as well as give you my opinion on how scary/not scary it is. So without further adieu, here are my spook-tacular Halloween recommendations:
Monsters & Demons
The Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto
Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.
Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and those who guarded it for all these years. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.
Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.
A very dark, adventurous tale that will leave your head spinning! If you haven’t read this series yet pick it up ASAP because the third book in the series will be released on Halloween! This book is creepy and dark, but *probably* won’t keep you up at night, so if you want a creepy but not scary read this is your best bet!
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
I didn’t find this book scary at all, in fact I found it beautiful and heartbreaking. However, the beautiful illustrations inside definitely set the mood for October since they are dark and creepy. I would HIGHLY recommend this if you want a short, beautiful read that involves monsters.
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.
Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.
A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.
Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.
A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late?
This book is FANTASTIC! If you want a bone chilling, scary story that will keep you up at night Mary is the way to go. Funny story- when I read this book (for review) I didn’t have time to read it during the day so I would read it at night and it would creep me out SO MUCH. I had nightmares and was actually afraid to take a shower/look in mirrors/look at anything shiny for days. It seems dumb now but I know the second I reread it/ read the next one I will end up exactly where I began.
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.
Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.
I’m not going to say much since I intend on posting my review soon, but this is an amazing story and I highly recommend that if you read it that you listen to the audiobook because the full cast gives it more life! This book isn’t scary, however it was super interesting to hear the science behind the zombie outbreak and it had some epic war scenes.
Horror & Psychological Thrillers
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.
In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.
This. Book. I actually need to reread it eventually to see if I can figure out what exactly happened, but I keep putting it off because it was so scary! I distinctly remembered getting ready for school one morning (like 5am so it was dark) and I would not look out any windows because I was scared of what happened to the characters would happen to me- even thinking about it now gives me the creeps. If you want a book that is scary and messes with your mind- read this.
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”
Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.
Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.
Another book that seriously messes with your mind, however this one did not make me afraid to look out windows or at my reflection. I’m also planning to review this book in October so all I will say is that you are in for a psychological ride! Creepy but not scary, so anyone can read it without the fear of getting any nightmares.
Alright that’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed these recommendations, let me know if you’ve read any of these or any recommendations you may have!