Horror books come in all shapes and sizes. From scary stories about serial killers to suspense novels that’ll leave your spine tingling, there’s a horror book for every kind of reader, no matter what type of scary you like best. These ten horror-inspired novels represent the vast array of horror stories out there—from the supernatural to the gothic and eerily realistic. You’re sure to find something perfectly terrifying for your October reading list.
After her son dies by suicide, lawyer Angela Toussaint decides to visit the old family house where the suicide happened. She's looking for answers about her own personal tragedy, but she finds something much darker: there's been a strange uptick in murders and suicides in the town, and it seems connected to a supernatural evil lurking in the house. Beautifully combining voodoo and African mythology with great characters and a truly scary story, this horror novel will appeal to fans and newcomers of the genre alike.
Amy Bruni; Julie Tremaine (As told to)
There is nothing truly spookier than the mysteries of the universe. In this forthcoming title, Life With the Afterlife, Amy Bruni, co-star of Kindred Spirits and one of the world's leading paranormal investigators, has learned a lot about ghosts over her years of research and first-hand experience. Now, in Life with the Afterlife, she shares the insight she has gleaned and how it has shaped her unique approach to interacting with the spirits of the dead and those who encounter them.
Iseult Wince is a Victorian woman perilously close to spinsterhood whose distinctly unpleasant father is trying to marry her off. She is awkward, plain, and most pertinently, believes that her mother, who died in childbirth, lives in the scar on her neck. Iseult’s father parades a host of unsuitable candidates before her, the majority of whom Iseult wastes no time frightening away. When at last her father finds a suitor desperate enough to take Iseult off his hands—a man whose medical treatments have turned his skin silver—a true comedy of errors ensues.
As history’s least conventional courtship progresses into talk of marriage, Iseult’s mother becomes increasingly volatile and uncontrollable, and Iseult is forced to resort to extreme, often violent, measures to keep her in check. As the day of the wedding nears, Iseult must decide whether (and how) to set the course of her life, with increasing interference from both her mother and father, tipping her ever closer to madness, and to an inevitable, devastating final act.
by Chase Novak
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
The acclaimed author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower does a complete 180 with this creepy novel that combines the best elements of supernatural and realistic horror. Seven-year-old Christoper and his mother Kate are starting over in a new town, after Kate left her abusive ex. But soon after they arrive, Christoper disappears into the woods and returns six days later, subtly changed. There's a voice only he can hear. And soon strange things start happening to Christopher and his mother...
by Zoje Stage
Wonderland is the creepy and unsettling story of a mother trying to protect her family from the strange and mysterious forces lurking around their rural farmhouse. Orla, a retired dancer, and her husband Shaw, a painter, move with their two kids from New York City to a rural farmhouse far upstate in search of a new start. But what they find is a whole lot more sinister than anything they could have impinged.
The Invention of Sound takes a look at the dark underbelly of Hollywood and the disturbing ways that fame and greed combine to monetize pain and suffering. Gates Foster has been searching for his missing daughter for almost two decades, and he's finally on the edge of a breakthrough. Mitzi Ives is a Hollywood foley artist who specializes in violence; she creates screams so terrifying they feel real. When Gates and Mitzi's lives collide, it has repercussions for all of Hollywood.
by Chuck Hogan
Odessa Hardwicke’s life is derailed when she’s forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn’t the tragedy itself — it’s the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent’s body after his death.
This book list wouldn't be the same without horror classic, Pet Sematary. Pet Sematary is a classic horror novel and one of King's most beloved books; it certainly deserves a place on your TBR this fall, even if you've already read it once. The story follows the Creed family after their move to a beautiful old house in Maine. Their idyllic lives are soon turned upside-down when they discover something evil lurking in the woods behind their new home. King is at the height of his powers with this slow burn novel that delivers a moving exploration of grief and loss and heart-pounding suspense.