Book Recommendations

Spooky books to read over Halloween.

So spooky session is one day away and I thought with fewer people going to parties this year it would be a good idea to talk about some spooky books that are good to read right now. I love spooky books and honestly I haven’t read many books that have truly scared me but maybe today I’ll find something that will actually freak me out. I would recommend these books to be read late at night under a blanket with a flashlight.


by Stephen King

So what’s it about?

Welcome to Derry, Maine … It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real … They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

And why do I recommend it?

This was my first Stephen King book and I did really enjoy it, I thought it was a lot of fun and it’ll definitely keep you entertained for the whole month of October. I loved the 2017 and 2019 movies so I was disappointed in this book but that doesn’t doesn’t mean this was a bad book. I didn’t find this scary but I still think it would be a good book to read around this time. 

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories

by Roald Dahl (Editor)

So what’s it about?

Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F. Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton

And why do I recommend it? 

I got this book when I was in LA as just a whim and I thought it was so amazing. Even now even though I read this book years ago I still think about so many of the stories. Obviously this is a book of short stories so if that isn’t your thing don’t bother with it but I think it’s such a good book for this session. 

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

by Tim Burton

So what’s it about? 

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance – witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children – misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings – hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).

And why do I recommend it?

So I love Tim Burton so much and when I saw this book I knew I needed to have it. Beautifully illustrated by the man himself I could just flip through it over and over just looking at them and to make it all better the stories stand up on their own too, keeping you invested. This isn’t a scary book but it’s definitely creepy and that’s why I’m including it. 


by Mona Awad

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies’ sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus “Workshop” where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.

And why do I recommend it?

So clubs are something that fascinated me to start with, things like The Freemasons and the Knights Templar, so to have a book based around a university club really interests me. The story sounds really interesting and I like the idea of the horror aspect. 

Bonus round!

It Devours!

(Welcome to Night Vale #2) by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor

So what’s it about?

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

And why do I recommend it?

So I wasn’t sure if I was going to include this book in this list as it’s the second one in a series and you also have to have some understanding of the podcast. But there’s a chapter in this book that honestly scared me so much. I really recommend the podcast and I think the book is just a nice partner to it. 

So that’s my recommendations for this year’s spooky session. If you have any good books please comment them below!

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