Scary Books & Horror & Pumpkin Spice Everything

It’s October! The season of pumpkin-spiced everything and sweaters. It’s also the season that many of us try to scare the pants of ourselves and say we’re having fun.

In honor of that bizarre sentiment, my October goal was to read only horror novels for the entire month. I didn’t get far and I wouldn’t recommend it. After all, horror seems best appreciated when juxtaposed with non-horror. But in case you haven’t gotten your fill yet, here are some of the scary books I’ve been digging into lately. You can also tune in to my radio appearance this Sunday on KRFC’s Between the Pages talk show starting at 6pm, where I’ll be discussing these books & others.

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory


What happens when the lone survivor of every classic horror movie gets thrown together in a support group to get over their PTSD? It’s completely nuts, that’s what happens. Both frightening & amusing, this is a great book for any horror fan.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


This classic haunted house story comes from the great Shirley Jackson, who is better known as the author of the terrifying short story “The Lottery”. The Haunting of Hill House is also this month’s pick for the F*@#’d Up Book Club. Come discuss it with us October 26th at 6pm.

The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World 
by David Jaher

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jahler. Credit: The Crown Publishing Group
The Witch of Lime Street by David Jahler. Credit: The Crown Publishing Group

This is a fantastic nonfiction debut from David Jaher, an author who parallels Erik Larson in his ability to make real life read like fiction. The story follows the rise of Spiritualism & seances in the early 20th century at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal.

Slade House by David Mitchell


This one won’t be out until October 27th, but it’s amazing literary take on the classic ghost story. If you read Mitchell’s last book, Bone Clocks, you’ll be pleased to find some recurring characters.

John Dies at the End by David Wong


Equal parts scary and funny, this book is a blast to read. It’s one of the few books I ever reread, and it never fails to suck me back in. And don’t miss the sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It.

Did I miss anything good? I’m always looking for suggestions… Comment here or stop by the store!

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