Spooktober is coming and a good way to spend the coming cold nights is with a creepy book. From Stephen King to classic Bram Stoker. I’m sure you’ll find a book that tickles your fancy in this list. I, myself prefer the classic Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley. Classics, to me, are what they are, classics. They are timeless.
What is scary is the fact that books are becoming obsolete, and more people are going towards the electronic version of books. The perfect smell to me is the smell of the paper and the ink. The feel of paper between my fingers. The accidental paper cuts.
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Spooktober is one of the best months of the year. All the Halloween decorations, and in Canada, the Thanksgiving decorations as well. We have Thanksgiving in the middle of October, where we celebrate the holiday.
Now onto our top 10 reads of Spooktober:
Spooktober’s # 10: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.”
#9: The Haunting of Brynn Wilder – Wendy Webb
“After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior, to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective. In her fellow lodgers, she finds a friendly company of strangers: the frail Alice, cared for by a married couple with a heartbreaking story of their own; LuAnn, the eccentric and lovable owner of the inn; and Dominic, an unsettlingly handsome man inked from head to toe in mesmerizing tattoos.
But in this inviting refuge, where a century of souls has passed, a mystery begins to swirl. Alice knows things about Brynn, about all of them, that she shouldn’t. Bad dreams and night whispers lure Brynn to a shuttered room at the end of the hall, a room is still heavy with a recent death. And now she’s become irresistibly drawn to Dominic—even in the shadow of rumours that wherever he goes, suspicious death follows.
In this chilling season of love, transformation, and fear, something is calling for Brynn. To settle her past, she may have no choice but to answer.”
Spooktober #8: I Spy Spooky Night – Jean Marzollo
“Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun and spooky exploration as a trickster skeleton beckons readers from room to room to I Spy for mice, spiders, candles, bats, jack-o’-lanterns, bones, and so much more! From its rickety gate to its cobwebbed attic, this haunted house contains 13 spooky and spectacular photographs.
There is a spooky graveyard, a mysterious laboratory, a garden of ghoulies — each page has rhyming puzzles with eerie objects to find. It’s time to join the millions of fans who have enjoyed I Spy for over 20 years, and get ready to solve even more riddles with a brand-new brain twister riddle section at the back of the book. It’s been 13 years since I Spy Spooky Night was originally published. Are you ready to start your chilling search?”
#7: The Family Plot – Cherie Priest
“Dahlia salvages items from houses slated to be scrapped, and the old Withrow mansion is clearly something special. But within moments of walking through the door, Dahlia recognizes that the house is also…angry.
Long abandoned and riddled with secrets, the Withrow house has one final chance to make an impression on Dahlia.”
Spooktober # 6: The Demonic – Lee Mountford
“DANNI MORGAN THOUGHT SHE KNEW FEAR, BUT SHE IS ABOUT TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS TO BE TRULY AFRAID. Years ago a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home—to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past.
However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows. An evil that intends to kill her family and claim her very soul.Experience supernatural horror in the vein of THE CONJURING, INSIDIOUS and the legendary GHOST WATCH. THE DEMONIC will get under your skin, send chills down your spine and have you sleeping with the lights on!”
#5 – Heaven’s Peak – Miguel Estrada
“After the tragic death of his mother, teenage photographer Kevin Miller moves to a new town with his alcoholic father and eight-year-old sister in the hope of bringing the family together and starting over. However, everything changes when Kevin witnesses his sister being kidnapped by a bizarre creature. The police are skeptical of his story, so he decides to unveil the mysteries surrounding the town on his own.
On the other side of the investigation, FBI agent Norman James will do anything to solve the baffling case, except believe a traumatized teenager’s nonsense.
Meanwhile, newscasts predict a blizzard approaching in the next couple of days, as people in the town begin to behave strangely.
Will Kevin and Norman find Kevin’s little sister before Heaven’s Peak is consumed by darkness?”
Spooktober #4: The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
“Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….”
# 3 – The Outsider – Stephen King
“An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.”
Spooktober #2 – The Shining – Stephen King
“Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.”
Our Top Pick of The Season is …..
IT – Stephen King
“Stephen King’s terrifying, classic number one New York Times best seller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times) – about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again, and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.”
That Concludes Our List……… for now.
If you so happen to choose these books for your list, I recommend reading them with the lights on or even during the day. I tried to read IT, and I still haven’t even gotten past the first part. I haven’t mustered up the courage to pick up another horror or thriller book since. Stephen King really knows how to scare the pants off of his readers.
If you know any other books that could make for a great list, let me know and I will add it to our collection. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts.