Spooky book recommendations

WHAT WILL YOU READ FOR HALLOWEEN? Books are great at helping us jump into their worlds and feel things, so naturally creepy novels are probably best saved for this time of year. Books that are good for Halloween time usually involve creepy plots or Autumnal feelings. Spooky season is here!

Article and Photo by Sylvia Coleman

Do you ever just want to cuddle up with a good, scary book to read, or want to get in the mood for Halloween season? Well if so, then you’re in luck as this year’s selection of books are perfectly bone-chilling and ensure that you will have a spooky Halloween!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a great choice. This widely known story, mostly popularized by the movie, is loved by some but feared by others. Coraline is the story of a girl who moves to a new home only to stumble upon a door leading to an alternate reality. This world appears “better” than the real one inside the house and in the areas nearby. While it seems like an amazing discovery at first, as time goes on, Coraline begins to discover the dark secrets it holds. The movie is actually very different from the book because the movie was mostly based off of the graphic novel. The movie adds in several characters that the book does not originally have. The book leaves a lot of room for your mind to fill in the spots making it an overall much creepier story. This book, along with the graphic novel version of the story, are great reads to dive into around Halloween time

Another option is A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts;  collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Campestine. This book is just perfect for scaring you and your friends at this time of year. Instead of just one long story, there are multiple, so you are bound to find one you like. The stories in this book bring the reader to many different parts of China in many different times while hungry ghosts haunt people for their wrongdoings against them. 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is the story of a scientist and his monster that we all know and love. Have you ever read the book though? If not, then take a look into this spectacular novel in which the well known story is brought to life through the writer.  This story is about a scientist who gives life to one of his creations. The scientist, Victor, is eventually appalled by his own creation and runs away from the monster. As the monster goes around reeking havoc, he soon murders Victor’s younger brother. The story is told from the monsters point of view as well, giving it much more thought process than just the typical “good guy bad guy” plot.

Overall, the stories on this list are great autumn reads for anyone who likes to be spooked and if they don’t appeal to that reader, then I’m sure someone will want to enjoy a bit of fall spice sprinkled in a book. 

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