17 Scary Books to Get You Ready for Halloween

Oct 7, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. ET
Collage of book covers: 'The Exorcist,' 'My Best Friend's Exorcism' and 'It'
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It's officially October, which can only mean one thing: Halloween season is here, baby! It's a perfect time to get neck-deep in all things creepy and supernatural. From choosing a scary movie to watch during your next Netflix binge, to picking up a bag of seasonal Halloween candy from the drugstore and going to town, to picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve up, October is the time to let your spooky side rule. 

And while all of those other activities are fun (and we highly recommend them), we also think the Halloween season is a great time to crack open a scary book or two. After all, what's better than letting your mind envision all of the haunting imagery a good horror story has to offer while you're tucked up in bed or your favorite chair? 

So, we've put together a list of truly scary books for you that will make this Halloween season one to remember. From classic fare like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to more modern frights like Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism, these scary stories are calling your name. 

1 /17: 'The Haunting of Hill House'

1/17 :'The Haunting of Hill House'

2 /17: 'My Best Friend's Exorcism'

2/17 :'My Best Friend's Exorcism'

3 /17: 'It'

3/17 :'It'

4 /17: 'The Exorcist'

4/17 :'The Exorcist'

5 /17: 'The Silence of the Lambs'

5/17 :'The Silence of the Lambs'

6/17 :'Frankenstein'

7 /17: 'Interview With the Vampire'

7/17 :'Interview With the Vampire'

8 /17: 'World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War'

8/17 :'World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War'

9/17 :'The Terror'

10 /17: 'House of Leaves'

10/17 :'House of Leaves'

11 /17: 'The Amityville Horror'

11/17 :'The Amityville Horror'

12 /17: 'Her Body & Other Parties'

12/17 :'Her Body & Other Parties'

13 /17: 'Dracula'

13/17 :'Dracula'

14 /17: 'Broken Monsters'

14/17 :'Broken Monsters'

15 /17: 'The Hunger'

15/17 :'The Hunger'

16 /17: 'Baby Teeth'

16/17 :'Baby Teeth'

17 /17: 'The Silent Companions'

17/17 :'The Silent Companions'