Impromptu Halloween Reading Recommendations

I have been typing away at my personal and film posts after launching this blog a couple weeks ago, and I realized I have not written much about the pillar of horror I love most: books!

One of my favorite autumn activities is compiling a scary/spooky reading list and immersing myself in as much dark imagery and chilling prose as I can handle. I mean, I read those kinds of books all year long, but I really put the time into curating my reading list for fall. I have already written a similar blog post for the library system in which I work, but now I get to share some of the titles that are a bit less general audience-friendly.

I would usually write up a little something to explain why each book is included in the list I am publishing along with the cover images. However, since Halloween is upon us and libraries, e-libraries, and stores will be pretty scarce on the spook soon, think of this as more of a title drop to glance over and explore at your leisure.

Don’t forget, you can connect with me on Goodreads through the link on the Social page to see what I am reading or to check out which books I have enjoyed!

Happy reading!


Halloween Reading List Titles

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (pub. 1818)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (pub. 1820)

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (pub. 1872)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (pub. 1886)

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (pub. 1887)

Dracula by Bram Stoker (pub. 1897)

I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson (pub. 1954)

The October Country by Ray Bradbury (pub. 1955)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (pub. 1959)

Psycho by Robert Bloch (pub. 1959)

The Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie (pub. 1969)

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (pub. 1975)

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (pub. 1977)

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (pub. 1979)

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (pub. 1983)

Needful Things by Stephen King (pub. 1991)

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (pub. 2004)

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (pub. 2006)

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice (pub. 2012)

Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (pub. 2018)

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo (pub. 2018)

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (pub. 2019)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (pub. 2020)

The Shadows by Alex North (pub. 2020)

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