5 Spooky Books to Read This Halloween

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By Adam Fortuna

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Whether you’re a seasoned horror veteran looking for a new scare this season, or a neophyte just dipping your toe into creepy tales for the first time, there’s a little something here for everyone. From genetically engineered vampires to paranormal fantasy romance, these 5 books will guarantee to spook you this Halloween.

  1. “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson
    This short chilling read is about an 18-year-old girl named Mary Katherine and her sister, Constance, who haven’t left their home since a terrible tragedy six years ago isolated them from their village.
  2. “Practical Magic” by Alice Hoffman
    In this bizzare book that later became a movie, the Owen family has been accused of everything that goes wrong in their town for over 200 years. But, the Owen sisters, Gillian and Sally, are frustrated and try to leave — but cannot resist the magic that draws them.
  3. “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
    Nobody Owens (“Bod”) is a normal boy who lives in a graveyard and is being raised by ghosts. “The Graveyard Book” is a spooky fable full of adventure as the man who has already killed Bod’s family creeps outside the graveyard.
  4. The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
    Flo Brooks and her father move to Chapel Croft looking for a fresh start. But when Flo starts seeing visions of burning girls and receiving terrible messages, it’s clear that there are deep secrets lurking within their new home.
  5. “Fledgling” by Octavia E. Butler
    Beautiful blend of horror and fantasy, “Fledgling” is about a young woman with inhuman desires who discovers she’s a genetically engineered vampire. A haunting look at vampire mythology, this chilling read is an original vampire story as the girl composes together her past and the mystery surrounding herself.

    Happy Halloween!

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