Whether you’re looking for a horrifying Halloween read or are looking for a classic ghostly tale, below are some of our favourite scary reads. 

1. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

Whether you’ve already seen the Netflix show or not, The Haunting of Hill House is the perfect Halloween read for fans of ghost stories. The original book by Shirley Jackson was written in the 1950s and so is quite a different story to the series. Dr Montague attempts to scientifically prove the existence of the supernatural with four strangers in Hill House which turns out to be extremely haunted.

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2. The Shining, Stephen King

The Shining is one of my favourite Halloween classics that’s fantastic to reread each Halloween. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, as a Winter blizzard cuts them off evil forces begin to come alive. If you’re looking for a suspenseful read this Halloween season definitely give The Shining a read.

3. The Woman In Black, Susan Hill

If you’re looking for a spooky atmospheric read this Halloween, The Woman In Black is another classic ghost story. A junior solicitor sorts the affairs of recently deceased Mrs Alice Drablow, as he works on the case at Eel March House he begins to suspect the house is haunted. Susan Hills writing sets the scene perfectly for an a suspenseful story.

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4. Lapvona, Ottessa Moshfegh

If, like me, you were a big fan of My Year of Rest and Relaxation Lapvona offers something completely different but still with Moshfegh’S compelling writing style. Lapvona is set in a village in a medieval fiefdom, exploring power and corruption as well as witchcraft and the thin veil between the real world and the spirit world. More on the disturbing side that a classic Halloween read but nonetheless a brilliant book.

5. The Good House, Tananarive Due

If you’re looking for a horror with plenty of twists and turns, The Good House if the spooky read for you! Working to rebuild her law practice after her sons suicide, Angela seeks to find answers by visiting the family home where the suicide took place. There she discovers evil forces are driving her hometown locals to acts of violence.

Whatever you’re looking for this Halloween, hopefully you can find a spooky pick from our list. If you’re looking for a surprise thriller or just a Halloween themed surprise, our Halloween Mystery Book boxes are perfect for a Halloween night in. Starting at £12 with free UK delivery.