6 Horror Books to Read in October

When it comes to Halloween, I’m stuck in an awkward phase. I’m too old to trick-or-treat. I don’t have friends who throw parties. And answering the door terrifies me, especially when there are hordes of drooling, bloodied children clawing at me. I don’t really know what to do with myself besides curl up in front of the fire and read a scary book.

Below are a few books I plan on reading in October.

Doll Bones – Holly Black

I’m a huge fan of Holly Black, so I am excited to read this story about a doll created from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. The doll haunts a group of children, demanding they bury her where she lived when she was alive lest they be cursed for all eternity.

Shallow Graves – Kali Wallace 

Breezy wakes in her grave with no idea who killed her. She claws her way out and enters a gritty, terrifying world where she can sense those around her who are hiding a murdering past.

Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris

You guys should know this one. I finally watched the movie two years ago and afterward ended up dreaming that my grandma had decapitated her best friend, skinned her face, and turned it into a slipper. Much excite for the book!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan 

A fence protects Mary’s village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Until it’s breached. And then ZOMBIES. Blood. Guts. Braaains.

Bird Box – Josh Malerman

No one knows what it is, but one glimpse of it will drive a person to violence. It left in its wake a ravaged world, one where Malorie still hopes to find a safe place for her and her two young children. Blindfolded, the three of them set out downriver with nothing to rely on but their hearing. And something is following them.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe 

You can’t go wrong with the classics. I hope to read a different poem or short story each night.

What do you do on Halloween? What scary books do you recommend?