Halloween may be ending (or completely over, depending on where you live), but keep the spirit alive all year round with some of these spooky tales. Some of the stories you may even know from their film adaptations. If you haven’t read the original, I highly recommend them.
Dark Harvest – Norman Partridge
Everybody in town knows that on Halloween, the October Boy rises with a butcher knife in hand and makes his way into town. Gangs of local teenage boys eagerly await their chance to get their hands on him in this annual kill-or-be-killed ritual. Pete sees killing the October Boy as his one way out of this small town, but what he encounters is more horrifying than he ever imagined.
The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
When a series of strange disturbances and severe personality changes affect her young daughter turns out to be a case of demonic possession, an actress is at her wits end. Aided by a pair of Catholic priests, she tries to save the life of her daughter before its too late.
Let Me In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
Young Oskar is a favorite of school bullies and spends most of his time alone, reading about death, murder, and all things macabre. He makes friends with the new girl in his building, an odd loner named Eli who only seems to come out at night.
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key vol. 1) – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Three siblings find themselves at the doorstep of Key House following their father’s murder. Their ancestral home is more than it appears with its doors that can transform those who walk through them and the evil entity that lurks deep inside a well on the property.
The Passage (The Passage Trilogy #1) – Justin Cronin
A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes a night of horror and carnage on the nation. Those who survived the night are forced into a long, arduous struggle against a fate worse than death.
After Rachel wakes up in a shallow grave and can’t figure out why she looks so strange or why people are so scared of her. She begins to realize that she came back for a reason – revenge.
Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) – Thomas Harris
In the precursor to Silence of the Lambs, Special Agent Will Graham enlists the help of the infamous Doctor Lecter (who he had put in jail years earlier) to solve a bizarre series of brutal, ritualistic murders.
The Red Tree – Caitlín R. Kiernan
Following a devastating end to her relationship, author Sarah Crowe moves into an old, rural house in Rhode Island where she uncovers a manuscript penned by the previous tennant about the legendary Red Tree. Soon, the ancient oak tree takes root in her own imagination and the lines of reality begin to blur.
The Turning (Blood Ties #1) – Jennifer Armintrout
Following a frightening attack at work, Dr. Carrie Ames has been turned into a vampire. The blood tie that resulted from the attack has her drawn to a sire who would turn her into a soulless killer. She is discovered by a member of The Moment, Nathan Grant, who gives her the option of joining them or being exterminated. When Nathan becomes a victim of a witch’s spell, Carrie has to get close to her sire in order to save him, but her sire’s intoxicating pull may be too much for her to resist.