9 Books That'll Get You Excited for Halloween

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Books to read for spooky season!

9 Books That Will Get You Pumped for Halloween

Mystery, suspense, and horror—these are genres we want on our reading lists now that Halloween is quickly approaching.

Every year, we like to make a rather ambitious list of Halloween books we want to read that year. Sadly, because there's only so much time in the day, we're never able to complete our reading list. There's always the rest of the year, where we like to sprinkle in some horror, mystery, and suspense here and there to keep things interesting.

When we talk about Halloween books, we don't necessarily mean books about Halloween. In fact, most of the books don't take place at Halloween. However, they do fit the mood of Halloween. It's a bit like how people love to watch horror movies the closer it gets to Halloween.

We hope you find a few great Halloween reads to add to your list. Happy spooky season!


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1. The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is the reigning Queen of Suspense, her tales always the perfect addition to any list of books to read for Halloween. This year, she just so happens to posthumously have a book released that collects some of her spookiest stories ever. In The Last Séance, you'll enjoy 20 tales of shadowy specters, body swaps with cats, psychic visions, and even an encounter with a deity, along with a story never before released in the U.S., "The Wife of Kenite."

2. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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When Lane Roanoke was 15, her mother took her life, leaving Lane to move in with her grandparents and cousin Allegra in rural Kansas. She didn't know much about her mother's family before that, but quickly adapted. Or thought she had until she learned a dark truth about her family and ran away. Eleven years have passed and her grandpa calls Lane with the information that Allegra's missing. Feeling guilty for leaving her behind, Lane returns home to help search for Allegra and has to face the secret that drove her away so many years ago.

3. The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan

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When Sarah Crowe fled Atlanta, she traded in a relationship in tatters for an old, rural Rhode Island house. Inside the walls of the house, Sarah comes across an unfinished manuscript from a previous owner. This owner was an anthropologist whose obsession with the ancient oak on the property began to take over. Then the tree begins taking root in Sarah's mind too, and she begins to write its story. Sarah risks it all to "unearth a revelation planted centuries ago."

4. The Hunger by Alma Katsu

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Alma Katsu reimagine's the already horrific tale of the Donner party into something even more sinister in The Hunger. The Donner Party dreams of what awaits them out west, but as they travel, they become plagued by "depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy." Tragedy follows them everywhere and they get the feeling they're being followed. Then members of their 90-person party begin disappearing. Something is hungry.

5. Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Ten years have passed since Quincy Carpenter was the only survivor of a massacre that took the lives of five of her friends. Instantaneously, she became a Final Girl, member of a group no one wants to belong to. The only survivor. Along with Quincy, there is Lisa whose sorority was slaughtered, and Sam who was the only survivor at her hotel job. The media has tried to get them together, but they've never met. Now, Quincy lives a quiet life, trying to put her past behind her. Thankfully, she doesn't remember that night. But then Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, and Sam, the second, shows up at Quincy's home, questioning her about that night. Before long, Quincy is stuck in a race to unravel "Sam's truth from her lies" and to figure out just what happened 10 years ago.

6. The Good House by Tananarive Due

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Angela Toussaint's grandmother owned a house in Sacajawea, Washington the townspeople dubbed the Good House, a house beloved likely in part due to her grandmother's healing magic. Angela's family moved into the house in the summer of 2001 in the hopes some of that "good" would save her marriage. Instead, tragedy struck. Two years have passed, and Angela is working through her grief and finally ready to return. It turns out, she's far from the only one who suffered loss in Sacajawea, and she wonders if it could be connected. Is this what her grandmother battled in 1929? Did her son accidentally awaken it that night? Between "clues from beyond the grave" and an old high school boyfriend, Angela will have to unlock familial gifts to "solve a deadly puzzle that has followed her family for generations."

7. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Many have seen a movie adaptation of Pet Sematary, but the book is a must-read. The Creed family relocates to the rural town of Ludlow, Maine after the husband takes a new job. On the surface, Ludlow seems peaceful, but the town also gives off a feeling that something isn't quite right. Louis watches truckers pass his house just a little too quickly to be normal. And near the woods, there is cemetery where children have buried their pets for generations. There are also the nightmares, warnings. Something lurks there, something tempting. However, Louis will soon learn that what's dead should stay dead.

8. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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In Mexico City, Domingo is barely scraping by when he first meets Atl, descendant of the Aztec blood drinkers. Atl must feast and then flee to South America to escape a rival narco-vampire clan that's after her, but Domingo is taken with her. She doesn't plan to get attached to him, she really doesn't. The only living creature she even likes is her doberman. But Domingo worms his way in, while cop Ana finds herself in a vampire gang war after following a trail of corpses.

9. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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At 16, Tessa Cartwright was discovered in a bone-scattered Texas field, barely alive. Despite little memory of what happened to her, Tessa's testimony puts a man on death row. Nearly 20 years later, Tessa awakes in February to discover freshly planted black-eyed Susans outside her bedroom window, the nickname given to the deceased victims Tessa was found with. Terrified she sent the wrong person to prison, Tessa begins working with lawyers to stall the execution. But flowers aren't proof and the bones are unidentified. Tessa is asked to undergo hypnosis and to share the drawing she did with her therapy after she was rescued. Tessa becomes more and more terrified a serial killer is roaming loose, scared for herself and her teenage daughter, and must finally face her past to crack the case.

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