Book Haul: Spooky reads perfect for Halloween

halloween reads

I love this time of year, what could be better than a holiday to celebrate all things spooky? As a couple of big horror fans, in the Johnson house we use this time to watch horror films (this year we’ve gone for Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Lights Out) and read some dark, disturbing literature.

I recently went on a trip to Waterstones to pick up some books ready to read over my week off, and I ended up with a big Halloween Book Haul full of creepy, haunting and downright terrifying books perfect for autumn.

Here are some of the best books to read this Halloween.

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Loney Book Review

Winner of the ‘Costa Book Awards 2015’ and the ‘British Book Awards Book of the Year 2016’ The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley is a book to take notice of. Beginning with the discovery of a child’s body, The Loney is a modern Gothic masterpiece with a claustrophobic, eerie atmosphere perfect for dark Halloween evenings.

Buy it here.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula book review

You can’t have a literary Halloween without the classic Gothic tale of Dracula. We’ve all heard of Dracula, and to this day this novel is where most of our ideas of vampires come from. Truly unnerving, you can’t beat this classic telling of the undead for a spooky evening.

Buy it here.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

house of leaves book review

The creepiest book I have ever read, at 709 pages the postmodern House of Leaves becomes more than  a book; it becomes an obsession. Incredibly inventive, clever, scary and disturbing, this book will stick with you long after the last page, and you’ll find yourself making more and more excuses to stay home to read it.

Buy it here.

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert

The Children's Home book review

Looking for something that will unsettle you? How does a disfigured heir, a sprawling estate and a bunch of mysterious children sound? This ‘distorted fairy tale’ is a haunting novel that raises uncomfortable questions to mull over into the night.

Buy it here.

If you’re looking for even more horrific reads, check out the Top 5 Gothic Novels. I’d love to hear some recommendations, if you have any feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Happy Halloween!