It’s Halloween! I know that this year is going to be a different experience for a lot of people but I thought what better way to celebrate this wonderful day than with a post. So here is Ten Scary Stories for Halloween! I asked my lovely friends on Twitter for books that they would say is the scariest book they’ve read.
Of course they came through so here is a list of ten of the books that I was given. Some you will know and some you may not. These aren’t all in the horror genre either but they were books that creeped out or even gave some of my Twitter buddies nightmares! Let’s get into it.
1. Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Dani – @MyHeartIsBooked
2. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read.
She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable….read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Krista – @BookishHedgeMom
3. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Niah – @readbyniah
4. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Georgetown, Washington D.C., 1973. Actress and divorced mother Chris MacNeil starts to experience ‘difficulties’ with her usually sweet-natured eleven-year-old daughter Regan.
The child becomes afflicted by spasms, convulsions and unsettling amnesiac episodes; these abruptly worsen into violent fits of appalling foul-mouthed curses, accompanied by physical mutation…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Nick Clausen – @NickClausen9
5. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwarts
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.
There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Jen – @jenjenreviews
6. The Obake Files by Glen Grant
This is the first and most complete collection on modern Hawai’i ghostlore ever published, including tales of fireballs, nightmarchers, visions of Pele, phantom hitchhikers, calling and choking ghosts, supernatural beings, menehune, haunted houses and buildings, and other paranormal phenomenon in the Hawaiian Islands.
Included are 8 full-color reproductions of “uncanny photographs” taken in the Islands. Based upon archives, newspaper articles and extensive firsthand accounts collected over twenty-five years, Obake Files is the definitive reference book for anyone interested in the supernatural traditions of Hawai’i’s multicultural people…read more on Goodreads.
This choice also came from Jen – @jenjenreviews
7. The Whisper Man by Alex North
In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.
But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night…read more on Goodreads.
This choice also came from Jen – @jenjenreviews
8. Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
A riveting novel of suspense and terror from the Bram Stoker award-winning author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts.
In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb.
Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering…read on Goodreads.
This choice came from Princess of the Dead – @Mehsi_Hime
9. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!
How much do you remember about your childhood?
In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Behind the Pages – @Behindthepages1
10. The Eye Collector by Sebastian Fitzek
Ready or not, here he comes…
He plays the oldest children’s game in the world, hide and seek. Only the Eye Collector plays it to death.
It’s the same each time. A woman’s body is found with a ticking stopwatch clutched in her dead hand. A distraught father must find his child before the boy suffocates – and the killer takes his left eye. Alexander Zorbach, a washed-up cop turned journalist has reported all three of the Eye Collector’s murders…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from Marion – @_tirilu
Bonus – The Funhouse by Dean Koontz
Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children.
Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins…read more on Goodreads.
This choice came from myself.
Happy Halloween! I hope you all enjoyed the Ten Scary Stories for Halloween! Enjoy your day. Be safe. Be Healthy.