Can you feel it in the air, Savvy Readers? The shiver down your spine with each gust of wind, the distant howling, the… torrential downpours? Sure, why not… Today is FINALLY Halloween, and we couldn’t be more excited to roam the earth with ghosts and ghouls and goblins and monsters for the day! If you’re like us and your ideal Halloween night is spent with a good, spooky book in hand, then here are some recommendations tailored for EVERY type of Halloween reader!
Perfect For: Those souls brave enough to venture out into the woods at night…
The Cabin at the End of the World features a little bit of everything: potentially homicidal strangers, remote cabins in the middle of nowhere, the threat of end times… You know, just your usual weekend getaway.
Let me ask you a question: If you were bequeathed a home from someone who was (basically) a totally stranger, what would you do? If In A Cottage In A Wood is any indication, any answer that isn’t “run away as fast as I can” is wrong.
If You Go Down to the Woods has been described as Stranger Things meets Fargo, which then takes a dark and unexpected turn down the wrong alley and meets IT. Yeah, that IT. Do I need to say much more?
Basically, you might want to stay out of the woods this year.
Creep Factor: 5 man all of these trees look the exact same out of 5 hey did you just hear that crunching noise behind us? I think something’s follo—
Perfect For: Those courageous folk who aren’t afraid of a little travel every now and then…
Alice Isn’t Dead – yes, that Alice Isn’t Dead – is a surreal, mind-bending road trip from hell that will make you think twice about that dark, desolate stretch of highway on your next road trip. Perfect for fans of Twin Peaks, Stranger Things, and The Shining, “The Thistle Man” (you’ll understand soon enough) is sure to disturb even the most seasoned horror veterans.
What if I told you your memories were actually stored in your shadows? What would you then do if your shadows suddenly disappeared without a trace or explanation? And, finally, what would you – your shadowless person, you – do if you saw something like, say, a pit of fire, but didn’t remember what fire was? The Book of M is a creepy, fantastical book that takes the post-apocalyptic survival narrative and completely reinvents it in one chapter.
Can I give you a bit of advice, Savvy Readers? If a stranger offers you and your friend a chance to travel to his private island, especially if that island is called FOG ISLAND and also happens to be surrounded by an electric fence and doesn’t allow cellphones or computers, just say no. He’s definitely not worth the headache.
Creep Factor: 10 unwitting travelers that aren’t in for the greatest time ever out of 10 yes a guy walks into a fire on like the third page of The Book of M‘s.
Perfect For: Those among us who realize that stories are never just stories…
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. The catch? She may or may not know that she is, in fact, said witch. The Witch of Willow Hall is a fresh take on the Salem Witch Trials at a time when covens are all the rage.
Have you ever read a folktale and thought to yourself, How the hell did anyone come up with that? Well, maybe those tales are a little more real than you might expect. In Melmoth, these stories – along with dark robed figures roaming the countryside for people of cowardice and complicity – certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly, that’s for sure.
Creep Factor: 15 cursed books in Ancient Latin that can somehow be translated into perfect English out of 15 real history is actually way more terrifying than any novel could ever be
Perfect For: Those of us who bravely watch *all* the slasher films every Halloween and boldly claim “Yeah, I’d definitely survive!”…
Confession time! I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is the scariest book I have ever read, and it isn’t even shelved in horror. I don’t know what it was about the true story of a serial killer who had never been caught that made reading it at home alone so frightening…
I’m going to paint a scene for you real quick, okay? Serial killers are terrifying in their own right, right? And dolls are creepy too, yes? Well, what do you suppose would happen if you took a serial killer and worked dolls into the equation? Oh, wait, sorry, that’s not quite accurate. We meant dolls made of human skin. Yeah, that’s better… Perfect Silence is messed up.
Okay, this one’s a little lighter in nature, but if the story of a killer stalking a crumbling Victorian mansion that may or may not be able to manipulate time (and bodies?) doesn’t scream Perfect Halloween Read, then I don’t know what will. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unlike anything else you’ll read this year, and it won’t keep you up at night. Out of fear, at least. We can’t guarantee the story won’t.
Creep Factor: 20 people tripping right in front of a homicidal maniac with a knife out of 20 you wouldn’t make it through the opening scene of a slasher film
Perfect For: Anyone who doesn’t really feel like sleeping all that much tonight…
Do these books actually need any kind of introduction? If you haven’t heard of The Exorcist or Edgar Allan Poe, congratulations on your many years of uninterrupted sleep. If you have heard of them, well, I don’t think I need to say too much more, do I?
Creep Factor: 10,000 demons speaking in tongues and ruined dinner parties out of 10,000 creepy ravens and murderous tenants
Need some more spooktacular reads? Here are some honourable mentions: Bird Box by Josh Mallerman, Out Of Thin Air by Anthony Adeane, I Know You Know by Gilly MacMillan, and Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie.
Have your say, (Undead) Savvy Readers! What is your favourite Halloween read? What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Hopefully your Halloween is all treats and no tricks, (Undead) Savvy Readers!