Halloween Countdown Reading List

A few scary suggestions that make the Halloween list every year.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

Misery by Stephen King
Rescued from a car crash by a psychotic woman claiming to be a fan, novelist Paul Sheldon becomes a captive invalid in her secluded Colorado farmhouse.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King
When the Creed family’s beloved cat, Winston Churchill, dies, Dr. Louis Creed — on the instructions of his elderly neighbor — buries the animal not in the “Pet Sematary” where local children inter their deceased pets, but rather in the haunted Indian burial ground behind it. The next day, a changed Churchill comes back, a little smellier and more vicious than before. What will happen when a person dies and is buried in the same area? Let’s just say that “sometimes dead is better.”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites four strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. Is it all in her imagination, or is she the only one who can perceive the evil that lurks in Hill House?

Horns by Joe Hill
After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance.

The Ruins by Scott Smith
Two American couples, just out of college, enjoy a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group–the young German, who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig. Then the searchers–moving into the wild interior–begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific “other” among them.

The House of Lost Souls by F.G. Cottam
In an effort to save his student sister from the madness that is threatening the lives of guests at derelict Fischer House, Nick Mason teams up with Paul Seaton, a troubled man who escaped the house a decade earlier, and learns of an unspeakable crime that occurred at the house in the 1920s.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day.

Hell House by Richard Matheson
An aging millionaire seeking proof of life after death employs an unusual team of of investigators to probe the mysteries of the supposedly haunted and evil Belasco House.

Nocturnes by John Connolly
Bestselling author John Connolly’s first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes, now features five additional stories — never-before published for an American audience — in a dark, daring, utterly haunting anthology of lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts.

Haunted:  A Novel of Stories by Chuck Palahniuk
Twenty-three stories chronicle the experiences of people who have answered an ad for an artist’s retreat, believing that they will find a peaceful refuge, only to find themselves isolated and trapped in a cavernous old theater.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
After being summoned to treat a patient at dilapidated Hundreds Hall, Dr. Faraday finds himself becoming entangled in the lives of the owners, the Ayres family, and the supernatural presences in the house.

The Collector  by John Fowles
Ferdinand has always loved collecting butterflies, but when he becomes obsessed with a young college student, he decides to add her to his collection, against her wishes.

 

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