Halloween is almost here, baby! So, that means it’s a perfect time to get neck-deep in all things orange, creepy and supernatural. From choosing a scary movie to watch during your next Netflix binge to picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve a scarily good design into, 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. Whether you prefer stories about killer clowns or haunted houses, there are plenty of books to choose from. 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. You might not want to read these right before bed, though. Or you might find yourself unable to sleep.
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A version of this article was originally published in October 2018.