Full of ghosts, witches and the supernatural, the following 13 spooky novels, thrillers and fantasies will help you find the Halloween spirit—prepare your night lights.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
This dark fairy tale by novelist Melissa Albert weaves a gripping tale of the supernatural as her main lead, Alice, attempts to unravel the secrets of her family after the disappearance of her mother.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The title of this Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker says it all. This legendary tale first introduced the world to Count Dracula in 1897, and more than a century later, it’s still a must-read, especially during Halloween.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
If you liked the 2018 Netflix reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel of the same name, then you’ll love it in the original format, considered one of the best literary ghost stories published in the last century.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Sticking with the isolated house theme we’ve got going, this novella by Henry James has laid the groundwork for countless adaptions and retellings, and you’ll see why. It’s about a governess who has been hired to watch over a man’s niece and nephew, Flora and Miles. Sound familiar? It should, it was just adapted as The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The second Shirley Jackson novel to consider this season, this pick comes from my personal themed reading list this month. Often called Jackson’s masterpiece, this short novel follows Merricat Blackwood, her older sister Constance and their uncle Julian in an isolated house, after a family tragedy one fateful night six years before.
Rebecca by Dame Daphne du Maurier
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