Hello fellow book dragons! October is among us, and we all know what that means! Spooky books, long walks in the cool breezes (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at least), and colorful changing leaves! So even though we’re a week into October, I’m “kicking off” the halloween season by recommending spooky books for you guys to read!
I’ve dedicated my month to reading exclusively fantasy and horror/thriller books, so I’ve already got a few on this list down, but there are so many more that I’ve yet to delve into, and I would love to see you guys read them along with me! I’m including the Goodreads summaries, as well as some of my own thoughts, so you can get the whole picture and understand why I’m recommending each of these books.
So to kick this post off, I’m going to start by recommending Moon Chosen by PC. Cast.
It’s hard to explain exactly what kind of creatures are featured in this book, because the characters and storyline are so complex. But what I can tell you are 3 words. Wolves. Obliterate. Darkness. This book is beautifully written, and is hands down one of her best works ever. PC Cast is a #1 New York Times bestseller, author of the Partholon series, and co-author of the House of Night series. If you’re interested in Moon Chosen, it hits the shelves on October 18th!
On to the super spooky recommendations!
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.
This book. Oh my lord, it sounds so spooky and so good! I love thrillers, and this definitely sounds like a thriller. I’ve also heard that it’s really scary, so that’s a plus! This is very high up on my spooky books TBR.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Drake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
OoH. Ghost hunters, and blood and gore, and a weird ghost hunty family with a cat that finds spirits! Sounds like an interesting, and possibly spooky, read to me!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Okay, I’ll come clean. I haven’t read this yet. But its VERY high up on my TBR I promise!
Marked by PC. & Kristin Cast
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
Okay so while this book isn’t necessarily spooky, it’s got vampires. It’s one of my favorite series (duh, PC Cast is one of my favorite authors soooo), and it’s a really complex series once you get into the story. It gets scarier and more nerve wrecking as it goes along, and overall there are (gasp!) 12 books and 4 novellas in this series. Definitely worth the read. I became a fangirl at the very beginning of the series, and to this day, I am a member of the Nerd Herd.
The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin
Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?
I honestly don’t know more about this book except that it takes place in Ireland, it involves deadly fairies, and JessetheReader got the heeby jeebies reading it. Sounds good to me!
That’s all I have today! Thank you so much for reading, and enjoy your spooktacular reads!