It’s the time of year for spooky Halloween books! I’m not usually a big reader of horror, mysteries, or thrillers, but I do like a creepy or scary book every now and then, and I do love a good supernatural story. These are some of my stand out scary reads for all ages! There’s a mix of adult fiction, graphic novels, YA fiction, and middle grade.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This is my new favorite vampire book! (After Sookie Stackhouse series, of course). Narco vampires control Mexico outside of Mexico City, and one is on the run from the rival gangs who killed her family. Great characters, amazing world-building based on Aztec history, and a page-turning plot make this a must-read.
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Get swept away in the magic and horror of this world. Part dreamy fairy tale and part guide to the nether realm, this book is perfect for readers looking for some urban fantasy that is thoughtful, nuanced, and well-written.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I’ve read my fair share of YA zombie books, and this is hands down (ha ha) my favorite. Creepy, atmospheric, and full of angst. Perfect.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Serial killers are seriously scary, and this one is no exception! It’s compelling and thought-provoking, too.
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Brenna Yovanoff is one of my favorite YA authors. Her writing has a lovely cadence and rhythm to it, and her stories are always subtly sinister and dark. Deliciously creepy and beautifully written! (Bonus: great on audiobook).
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Delightfully creepy short horror stories illustrated in beautiful, bold blacks, reds, and blues. As gorgeous as it is scary.
Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
This graphic novel horror western is as smart as it is gory.
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgodoroff
Understated horror and beautiful watercolor illustrations make this graphic novel a perfect Halloween book.
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
I read this when I was a kid, and it’s still creepy as hell! If you love a good ghost story, it’s a classic.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
This Newbery honor title may be for kids, but it’s also quite scary! If you were a kid that had an active imagination, you’ll relate to this one. (Bonus: great on audiobook).
What are your favorite spooky Halloween books?
PS—if your looking for more creepy, scary reads, check out my list of favorite vampire books!