Best Scary Books for a Spine-Tingling Halloween: 13 Thrillers That Will Keep You Up All Night by Arthur Swan
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October is known for being the scariest month of the year. What better way to stay scared stiff through Halloween and beyond than with a list of 13 thrillers that will keep you up all night? Here's my top picks of spine-tingling novels that will leave you spooked all month long.
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13. NOS482 by Joe Hill $11
For the child inside all of us who wishes every day could be like Christmas.
12. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin $15
I guess it’s considered a fantasy novel because of the setting, but for me it was a gut wrenching nightmare of caring about someone and then losing them again and again.
11. The Road by Cormac McCarthy $12
A journey through a profoundly hopeless future which examines the worst we are capable of and why we must keep going no matter how bad things get.
10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman $9
Never trust anyone with buttons for eyes.
9. Dark Matter by Black Crouch $15
Who’s the last person you’d want to fight to the death? The last person you’d want to kill for the sake of your own survival? Before answer out loud, try answering inside your own head. Does that sound like the truth? Be honest.
8. The Poet by Michael Connelly $10
Riveting, disturbing. A murderer so terrible, he’s almost unpleasant to read. But yet you have to know what happens.
7. Christine by Stephen King $18
Talk about a fun ride. Maybe not for the characters in the novel, but for the reader.
6. The Outsider by Stephen King $11
This novel bewildered me at first. Until the reveal it was spectacular, and then afterwards remained spooky all the way until the final battle.
5. The Stand by Stephen King $10
One of the best post apocalypse tales ever told. More characters than I typically like, but with more than a thousand pages they all have plenty of room for development.
4. Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta $13
Imagine an evil villain who can be in two places at once – that’s the Blackwell brothers – a single bad guy in two bodies, their minds so in tuned they’re like one as they move together on their deadly purpose, and the way they think out loud in front of their victims. Chilling.
3. 1922 by Stephen King $8
My favorite short story from the Full Dark, No Stars collection.
2. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin $8
A historical vampire fantasy set on a riverboat in the 1880s with plot twists and superb characterization. This book is not only my favorite vampire novel by also my favorite by George R.R. Martin.
1. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe $7
Yes, a poem, but also the best tale ever told on the horrors of grief and longing.
The Encanto (La Fog) by Arthur Swan $15
“Swan lays crucial groundwork early, sketching out players that are multifaceted, complex, flawed and struggling to grasp their hearts’ desires. He then ups the ante by shaking up their existences and making the characters fruitfully reexamine their identities, relationships and choices.” – KirkusReviews
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