Our Favorite Horror Reads

Updated: Apr 23

It’s October, and do you know what that means? It's time for Pumpkin Spice Everything, and a plethora of chilling horror novels on hand. Can you think of anything better on a chilly fall night than a cup of tea (or 🍷) and your favorite Stephen King novel? Now, we all know there is not enough time in the world to read every book in our TBR pile, so we have narrowed down the perfect October reading list for every type of horror-lover out there, from classic cozy mystery, to spine-tingling-never-turn-the-lights-off-again terror.

Here are our picks:

Classic Mystery

'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie

You can't go wrong with the 'queen of mystery'. This classic murder story was written in 1939 in the UK, and re-released in th U.S. in 1940

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again...

Psychological Thriller

'Shutter Island' by Dennis Lehane

This story will leave your with your jaw hanging to the floor. We won't even tell you anything more...you have to experience it for yourself.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

And neither is Teddy Daniels.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? An approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing…


'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson

One of the most praised haunted house stories of all time, this book will have you leaving the lights on until spring! Then, of course, you will have to binge watch the Netflix series...so it may be a good idea to just put some extra đź’µ aside for the electric bill.

Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits...

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, and occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own...

Modern Suspenseful Thriller

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is quickly becoming the modern day queen of thrillers. If you get through this one, you will also love her other popular novels, "Sharp Objects" and "Gone Girl".

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.

Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.


'Pet Sematary' by Stephen King

Good luck sleeping comfortably after this one! Creepiness level 10+. Stephen King knows how to take the warm and fuzzy and turn it into something monstrous.

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed.

Never Turn The Lights Out Again...

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

This well known story about one of the most haunting characters in history will have you sleeping with the lights on and one eye open.

As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknamed "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS—an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

Now what is even better about all of these hair-raising novels? They were all made into major motion pictures, or TV series. So once you've gotten your bearings back from reading the stories, you can watch them come to life on the screen.

If these are already in your "read" pile and you are looking for something new, come check out one of our author salons on Thursday nights! Meet a local author and hear them read from their own novels. We are hosting a special Halloween edition of All Access Authors on Thursday, October 25th at 7pm. Three local mystery authors will be here reading and selling their recent works!


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