New and Terrifying Books to Get You Ready for Halloween

Posted by Catherine on October 27, 2016
Halloween is upon us and things are getting a bit spooky. But what if you're still not feeling it?

Don't worry, we've found some new ways to terrify you. There's plenty of time to read yourself into a frightened frame of mind. Goodreads has selected some just released or soon-to-be-published dark and thrilling books perfect for All Hallows' Eve.

Fiction
Certain Dark Things
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Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
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The Ice Beneath Her
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The Secret Life of Souls
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Young Adult
Fear the Drowning Deep
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The Women in the Walls
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Labyrinth Lost
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Weregirl

Nonfiction
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
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Ghostland
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A Season with the Witch
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America's Most Haunted Houses
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Want to find a classic tale of terror? Check out these 16 books that will give you nightmares.

And we want to know: What was the last book you read that scared you so effectively, it kept you reading all night…with the lights on? Tell us in the comments.

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message 1: by Keiry (new)

Keiry Ko Anne Rice <3.


message 2: by Morgan (new)

Morgan The Shirley Jackson biography looks interesting.


message 3: by Ulla (new)

Ulla A Whisper of Leaves: by Ashley Capes is really creepy, it is set in Japan in the Aokigahara forest at Mount Fuji. The story is steadypaced and well told. Check it out!


message 4: by Nina (new)

Nina Conover America's Most Haunted Hotels seems very interesting and weird, I wonder how it turns out in the end.


message 5: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Ulla wrote: "A Whisper of Leaves: by Ashley Capes is really creepy, it is set in Japan in the Aokigahara forest at Mount Fuji. The story is steadypaced and well told. Check it out!"

Perhaps you didn't read the title. This article is on NEW scary books. Like, recently released.


message 6: by Robert (new)

Robert Irish This list is not much use to "get ready" for Halloween, given that three of the four fiction titles have not yet been released.


message 7: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos Keep me reading with the lights on? I mean, it is not like I can read with the lights off hahaha but I get the point. I haven't been scared by a book i a looooong time, but "The Fear Mechanism" (El Mecanismo del Miedo) by Norma Lazo was an amazing lovable story about a girl who loves horror books, and she finds out she is a witch.


message 8: by Caroline (last edited Oct 27, 2016 09:45PM) (new)

Caroline Be afraid. Be very afraid..........................


message 9: by Yvette (last edited Oct 28, 2016 03:24AM) (new)

Yvette Jenny wrote: "Ulla wrote: "A Whisper of Leaves: by Ashley Capes is really creepy, it is set in Japan in the Aokigahara forest at Mount Fuji. The story is steadypaced and well tol..."

Jenny, perhaps you didn't read the WHOLE article? After all it says:
" And we want to know: What was the last book you read that scared you so effectively, it kept you reading all night…with the lights on? Tell us in the comments."

I for one, am glad Ulla shared this title, it seems creepy indeed. Well the good creepy kind, not the 'unwarranted sarcastic remark' type.


message 10: by Angela (new)

Angela Verdenius Just bought Labyrinth Lost and America's Most Haunted Hotels. I love good horror!


message 11: by Char (new)

Char The Secret Life of Souls is co-written by Jack Ketchum and he was the last author to cause me to keep the lights on with his books:

The Girl Next Door and Off Season.


message 12: by Beatrice (last edited Oct 28, 2016 07:16AM) (new)

Beatrice Masaluñga The last book that scared me was The Suffering by Rin Chupeco.


message 13: by WendyB (new)

WendyB Last Days by Adam Nevill and Trapped by JA Konrath were the scariest books I've read recently.


message 14: by Laura (new)

Laura Holt A new Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, and it features Lestat?! I will totally be reading that!


message 15: by Deni (new)

Deni Finch-frederick Harvest Home by Tom Tryon. First read it years ago and reread more than once until I lost the original volume in a move. Just located it in Kindle format - and on sale! Grabbed it and dove in — it's all that I remembered.


message 16: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Colwell Laura wrote: "A new Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, and it features Lestat?! I will totally be reading that!"

And he goes to the lost city of Atlantis? I'm definitely puzzled.


message 17: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Colwell Scariest (and best) book recently has been I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. So, so good. Quick, chilly read.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense} I did 31 Days of Hallo-reads again this year. Favorites of the crop (there were eight- ninth and final review posted on Halloween morning) are probably Drawing Blood and Marvel Zombies.


message 19: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jenny wrote: Perhaps you didn't read the title. This article is on NEW scary books. Like, recently released.

This was unnecessarily rude, particularly in light of the fact that you yourself may have read the title of this article, but clearly not the whole article. If you had, you'd have realized it said this:

And we want to know: What was the last book you read that scared you so effectively, it kept you reading all night…with the lights on? Tell us in the comments.


{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } Groovy! I added a few of these to my ever-growing list. =)


Abbie DiscoSuperFly The Family Plot! Was definitely creepy!


message 22: by Alison Hardy (new)

Alison Hardy It's a very long time ago now, but the last book that REALLY chilled me to the bone was Graham Masterton's 'Family Portrait'. It's based around 'The Picture of Dorian Grey'. But very scary.
Anyone who wants a frightening read, this is the book that will do it!


message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Loved this book, very long, and quite spooky.

Can't forget Dracula. Classic!!!


message 24: by Heather (new)

Heather Samantha wrote: "Scariest (and best) book recently has been I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. So, so good. Quick, chilly read."

Agreed. Very chilling.

Also, I read The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias recently. SO good.


message 25: by Ryan (new)

Ryan A Season with the Witch The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts by J.W. Ocker
The image at the top of this cover is a bit sus.


message 26: by Farrah (new)

Farrah Deni wrote: "Harvest Home by Tom Tryon. First read it years ago and reread more than once until I lost the original volume in a move. Just located it in Kindle format - and on sale! Grabbed it and dove in — it'..."

Thanks for this rec! Just grabbed it- and for 1.99, that's a steal :)


message 27: by Cherie (new)

Cherie "The Bird Box" by Josh Malerman scared the bejesus out of me! I read it 2-3 years ago and it's still vivid and fresh in my mind!

Gotta agree also with Deni on "Harvest Home" -- super scary and worth a second read!


message 28: by Lilanthi (new)

Lilanthi "Blackdaw Cottege by Phillip Dent" was one scary read I really enjoyed!


message 29: by Mary (new)

Mary Swardt Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel


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