Spooky Reading Suggestions

It’s October! In the spirit (ba-dum-chhh) of this month, I thought I’d compile a list of spooky book suggestions. Some of these books are ones I’ve read and enjoyed, others are on my own TBR list.

For younger audiences:

  • Any Goosebumps book. These books were staple for me growing up!
  • The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. This book was the first I read by Clive Barker when I was in Junior High School. It instantly sealed Barker as one of my favorite authors!

Young Adult and beyond:

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Yes, the musical was based on a book, and the book is amazing! It delves deeper into the past and psyche of the titular Phantom and the games he plays.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A classic, and regarded to be the very first science fiction story ever published!
  • Anything by Edgar Allan Poe. That should be self-explanatory 😉 I specifically enjoyed “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, and, of course, “The Raven”.
  • The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. While Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors, I still haven’t read what is arguably his most famous book, on which the movie Hellraiser was based. It’s high-up on my TBR!
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. This is a great choice if you want some spook/supernatural elements, but aren’t interested in horror. These books are light-hearted and funny!

Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments, or to talk about what you’re reading this month!

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