Books for Halloween Chills

I love books that are slightly creepy, those that send the lightest of chills up my spine. Especially this time of year! But mostly, I am wimp who is still scarred by that time I saw The Ring in the theater. These books are full of Gothic imagery, unexplained mysteries, and close encounters with the supernatural, but they're mild enough to read before bed.

books for halloween chills
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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Post-war England, a crumbling mansion, a mysterious family...a ghost?

The Uninvited Guests: A Novel by Sadie Jones. Totally a "dark and stormy night" novel: on the night of a birthday party, a nearby train accident interrupts the festivities and family fighting.

 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The coolest thing about this novel is that it is filled with strange photographs that the author actually collected from thrift and antique stores before weaving them into his strange story. I hear there is going to be a sequel.

  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. I've read this dozens of time. A nonfiction account that reads like a novel, Berendt travels to Savannah, GA for a story and ends up staying, embroiled in an unsolved murder and totally engrossed in Savannah's odd cast of characters.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Ghost story and psychological thriller in novella form from one of the greats (remember the creepy short story "The Lottery"?).

Have you read any mildly-creepy books lately? Leave your recs in the comments!


  1. A few months ago I read Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. It was unexpectedly creepy and has since stuck with me!


  2. ooh i'm going to have to check these out to help put me in the mood for halloween. the "creepiest" thing i've read is count of monte cristo, but i'm not sure that counts.

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