5 Books to Read this Halloween Season

‘Tis the season for spooks and horror! I’ve taken the time to compile a list of five books I think are perfect for this Halloween season! These are five books I love that I think are amazing and wonderful and spooky for all the right reasons.

1. The Haunting of Hill House

by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is a staple of modern ghost stories. While attending Emerson College, I first read this story in my Lit of the Gothic course. I went on to buy so many of her collections because she is simply a fantastic author. The Haunting of Hill House is eerie and unsettling and it makes the reader question the sanity of the characters and the haunting itself. Is it any wonder it has been adapted more than once?

2. Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I love Mexican Gothic. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has become one of my favorite authors. Mexican Gothic sends our protagonist to a remote house in the Mexican Countryside to investigate a mysterious note she received from her recently married cousin. While there, strange and unusual things begin to happen at High Place, and Noemí begins to wonder if she will escape the house alive.

3. Summer’s Edge

by Dana Mele

This book markets itself as “Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House” and boy does it deliver. This book nails the atmosphere perfectly. And Mele does a great job of keeping the reader on their toes, looking in one direction before switching to a new act and leaving the reader with their jaw hanging open. I absolutely love this novel.

4. This Is Not a Ghost Story

by Andrea Portes

This was one of those novels that was unpredictable. I did not see that ending coming a mile away. I loved the atmosphere and the eerieness that crept in throughout the story. It really is one of those stand-out novels that keeps the reader guessing until the end.

5. How to Survive Your Murder

by Danielle Valentine

I love this book. How to Survive Your Murder is the perfect novel for slasher fans. But not only that, it’s perfect if you love the Scream franchise, like me, and love Happy Death Day. So for me, oh my god, this was such an amazing novel that plays on those tropes to deliver a fast-paced novel that will leave you wanting more. Seriously, I need a sequel.

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