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Get Your Halloween Fix with Our Favorite Spooky Reads

It is definitely that time of year to pick up or listen to a book that may very well give you chills. Back in 2015, we put together a list of spooky reading recommendations for October, and now our spooky/mystery book-loving staff is at it again with an updated list of their favorite spooky reads!

While we know horror/mystery books are not for everyone, some, like Vicki in Adult Services, find them irresistible. Tune in to our latest podcast episode (#10) for a list of Vicki’s Top 5 Spooky Reads, and if you share your own list of favorites with us, you’ll be entered to win a prize. Details in the podcast!


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (short story – try the audiobook for a cool twist on this classic tale)

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell

Nightmares! by Jason Segel (a series)

One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud

The Witches by Roald Dahl


The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (Book 1 in the Jasper Dent trilogy)

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (part of a series)

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The Wrong Train by Jeremy De Quidt


The Bird Box by Josh Malerman

The Books of Blood by Clive Barker

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries that Won’t Go Away by John E. Douglas

Cujo by Stephen King

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

The Fall of the House of Usher: And Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (a short story compilation – definitely check out The Tell-Tale Heart)

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due (a short story compilation that is on the lighter side when it comes to horror)

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo (only have audiobook available)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

IT by Stephen King

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (series of Adult Graphic Novels)

Tales by H.P. Lovecraft (a short story compilation – definitely check out The Call of Cthulhu)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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