Halloween Reads


Hey, everyone! Today I will recommend you some creepy reads for this halloween. I have to mention that not all the books are going to be creepy, some of them will only be atmospheric or mysterious. I just want to present you some books that might put you in the right Halloween-ish mood. Let’s get right into it!



Everything by Gillian Flynn, but especially The Grownup and Dark Places since I feel like those incline more towards the horror genre, while her other books are more on the thriller/mystery side. Bonus : The Grownup is very short, only 64 pages long, so you will have time for other activities like going trick or treat.




Frankenstein is damn awesome. It’s quite an atmospheric book and it’s a classic tale of inventions gone totally wrong.Will not disappoint you.




Carrie is the only book I’ve read by Stephen King, but it was thrilling and very creepy, especially towards the end. I finished it at 3 a.m. and I was getting pretty paranoid by then. Also, if any of you is a huge fan of King and can recommend me what books of his to read next, I’ll be very grateful. Because I really don’t know where to go from here.



This is about a stalker doing questionable and creepy things, so you can see why it’s on my list. You will definitely give you the chills.




But really, The Secret History is a recommended read for any season, any celebration, anytime of the day. Just read this book if you like pretentious intelectuals, greek mythology, crime gangs, how to get away with murder and problematic faves.

Honorable mention : The Girl on Train by Paula Hawkins.



What are you reading this Halloween? Also, do you read creepier books around this time of the year or just go with whatever?


29 thoughts on “Halloween Reads

      • thecursedbooks says:

        Same here! I really loved most of the horror/thriller books I’ve read, but I rarely pick up the genre. I’m not even sure why. I guess, I rarely find myself in the right mood for them.


      • Taiwo B. says:

        Me too. I’m usually too scared to read them. I’ve read only 2 horror books this year and they were novellas not even novels. I was still scared๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m starting Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan soon. I hope it’s interesting


  1. rachel says:

    I loved The Grownup but have yet to read any other Gillian Flynn! Also The Secret History is an excellent book to read around this time of year. If you haven’t read Bird Box I’d highly recommend that – it’s one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read!

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  2. Marie says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, and.. I’m not usually a fan of creepy books, so Halloween kind of reads aren’t too much for me ๐Ÿ˜› I think the creepiest book I ended up loving was the Mara Dyer series, though, so I would recommend that one? ๐Ÿ˜›
    Thank you for sharing this lovely list! xx

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Aw, Marie! I know what you mean, creepy books either don’t work for me or make me way too paranoid, but hahaha! I love to read from many genres. I’ve read the first book from the Mara Dyer series and didn’t find that very creepy? Hahahaha, I’m so sorry about that. I’m glad that you liked it, though! You’re most welcome, thank you for your comment! โค

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  3. taysinfinitethoughts says:

    I don’t usually read scary books or watch scary movies but I actually just finished Cujo by Stephen King the other day. I watched part of the movie too. It really wasn’t too scary. That may be because 1980’s scary and 2017 scary are two very different things. I saw Gone Girl at the theaters and thought it was seriously messed up. I have the book too I just haven’t read it yet. I have another Gillian Flynn book but I’m not sure which one it is. Hope you enjoy your books!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I have to agree with you that 1980 and 2017 scary must be very different! All Flynn books are very messed up, so fair warning, you will see that a lot in her books. It’s something I love about her, but I’m sure it’s not for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Fashion Fiction says:

    Great recommendations! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t have any specific books to read during Halloween, but I did read one book that I think was a bit creepy. It was There’s Someone Inside Your House. At the beginning I was spooked, but as the story continued I found that I didn’t like it very much. โ˜น๏ธ Oh, I actually read Frankenstein last year for school project. I think it’s a must (re)read for Halloween. ๐Ÿ‘ป

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I’ve heard many things about this book (mostly negative), I’m sorry that it didn’t work for you! I’m not sure I will read it anytime soon, I was a bit reticent about reading the book before those negative reviews because I can’t imagine Perkins writing horror. I really liked Frankenstein a lot, I thought I wouldn’t, but it surprised me very much!!

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