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19 Incredibly Scary Halloween Books That Are Not for the Faint of Heart

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story "Don't Ball the Boss" (inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch) was nominated for the Pus...

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'The Exorcist' by William Peter Blatty

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'The Exorcist' by William Peter Blatty

A 12-year-old girl is taken over by a demon, and two priests fight to save her soul and stay alive.

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'The Autumn People' by Ray Bradbury

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'The Autumn People' by Ray Bradbury

Autumn is a very scary place to be, what with all the witches, corpses and ghosts howling at your windowpane.

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'The Haunting Season' by Michelle Muto

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'The Haunting Season' by Michelle Muto

What happens when paranormal research at the Siler House turns to an all-out supernatural attack?

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'Pet Sematary' by Stephen King

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'Pet Sematary' by Stephen King

Super gory and filled with bizarre burial rituals plus animals (and people) returning from the dead.

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'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier

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'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier

This ghost story leaves murderous things unsaid — and those "things" go bump in the night.

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'Coraline' by Neil Gaiman

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'Coraline' by Neil Gaiman

A little girl wanders into another world that looks a lot like her own, except her mom has buttons for eyes.

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'The Curse of Crow Hollow' by Billy Coffey

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'The Curse of Crow Hollow' by Billy Coffey

There's a witch on the hill; she's cursed the whole town. And demons wander the nearby wood.

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'Dracula' by Bram Stoker

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'Dracula' by Bram Stoker

There are no glittery vampires here; only monsters who want to murder all that is innocent and good.

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe is all madness.

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'Ghost Story' by Peter Straub

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'Ghost Story' by Peter Straub

Four old friends made a big mistake, and that mistake is coming to get them, one by one.

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'Hell House' by Richard Matheson

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'Hell House' by Richard Matheson

A house that corrupts all who enter. Do you dare set foot within or will you join the ranks of the damned?

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'Knock, Knock' by S.P. Miskowski

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'Knock, Knock' by S.P. Miskowski

Warned to stay out of the woods, three girls wander in too far and discover something evil won't let them go.

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'Mayhem' by Sarah Pinborough

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'Mayhem' by Sarah Pinborough

Riding the coattails of Jack the Ripper is the grotesque Torso Killer, and an opium addict is on his trail.

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'The Woman In Black' by Susan Hill

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'The Woman In Black' by Susan Hill

In this claustrophobic story of one man's search for truth, he unearths an evil spirit, and she's coming for you.

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'Heart-Shaped Box' by Joe Hill

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'Heart-Shaped Box' by Joe Hill

Using a pen name, you just must read this horror fiction by Stephen King's son. You just must.

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'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' by Holly Black

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'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' by Holly Black

Waking up at a party surrounded by dead people is only the beginning.

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'The Amityville Horror' by Jay Anson

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'The Amityville Horror' by Jay Anson

If the movies haven't scared the daylights out of you yet, the 2005 book certainly will.

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'Sharp Objects' by Gillian Flynn

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'Sharp Objects' by Gillian Flynn

For fans of Gone Girl, Flynn takes on a serial killer, and it's truly disturbing.

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