15 spooky books you should read this fall

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15 spooky books you should read this fall

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Watch out for Pennywise the clown in “It.” Contributed by New Line Cinema

We know that Halloween is only a handful of days away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t speed read through these creepy books. But just make sure to binge read when someone else is home -- these books can get pretty terrifying. 

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  • ‘It’ by Stephen King: It’s only right to list ‘It’ first seeing as it (cue the giggling about how many time this word has been used) has done so well in the theaters. If you’re more of a read-it-before-you-watch-it type, October is the perfect time to read this thriller. 
  • ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis: Is it even fall if you don’t revisit the ‘American Psycho’ book and movie? 
  • ‘Broken Monsters’ by Lauren Beukes: This novel follows the story of a detective as she struggles to solve a thread of horrifying murders in Detroit. 
  • ‘Carrion Comfort’ by Dan Simmons:  This delightfully creepy thriller has won several awards for the “best horror novel.”     
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  • ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman: Everyone can attest to being a little freaked out as a kid (and in all honesty, as an adult) by this book and movie. The days leading up to Halloween are a great time to return to this spooky fall favorite. 
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  • ‘Ghost Story’ by Peter Straub: It seems like all the best horror novels have been made into movies and this book is not an exception. Make sure to read and watch ‘Ghost Story’ this holiday season.  
  • ‘The Metamorphosis’ by Franz Kafka:  ‘Tis the season to revisit this 1915 classic novella and psychological thriller.
  •  House of Leaves’ by Mark Z. Danielewski: This bestseller has been known to leave the faint-of-heart a bit shaken. 
  • ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King: You won’t be able to put down ‘The Shining.’ Well, maybe once or twice, but only because it’s so terrifying.
  • ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ by Thomas Harris: There’s nothing that’ll get you in the fall spirit like Harris’ cannibalistic serial killer in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ Just FYI the movie will also give you the creeps. 
Edward Van Sloan (1882 - 1964, left) as Dr Van Helsing, and Bela Lugosi (1882 - 1956) as the vampire Count Dracula, in 'Dracula', directed by Tod Browning, 1931. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) Silver Screen Collection
  • ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker: ‘Dracula’ is a Halloween classic. As soon as the leaves begin to turn orange (metaphorically, I mean, because this doesn’t actually happen in Texas), I pull out my worn copy of the book. 
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  • ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe: Is there anyone that does spooky like Poe? No one gave him the memo that you’re only supposed to be creepy during the fall. The guy was stuck in Halloween 24-7. But regardless, his poems and short stories are a must for when you’re looking for a little thrill.  
  • ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn: This psychological thriller was written by the same author of ‘Gone Girl.’ It’s fast paced and a book that you won’t be able to put down. 
  • ‘Goosebumps’ by R.L. Stine: ‘Goosebumps’ is a childhood throwback. But this doesn’t mean it’s not still a little spooky. 
  • ‘Revival’ by Stephen King: ‘Revival’ is arguably one of the creepiest novels in King’s repertoir. We know this was his 55th novel, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. You’re going to want to read this one. 
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