I have probably mentioned this before, but every October my husband and I read a spooky story together. We also watch a lot of spooky tv series or movies, too, but I might save those recommendations for another time! Today is all about five spooky stories to read in October.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
A long time ago, in a blog land far, far away, Birchbox had a short-lived book club. As a blogger, I was sent a box set of Gillian Flynn’s books. In case you’ve never heard of Gillian Flynn, she is the author of Gone Girl. If I remember correctly, I was sent the box set right around the time the Gone Girl movie came out. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t think Gone Girl is her best work. If you’re going to start with a Gillian Flynn book, I would start with Sharp Objects. It’s a murder mystery that centers around a very dysfunctional family. The twist at the end was really good, I would re-read this. That’s saying a lot, because I rarely re-read books!
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This was our spooky read a couple years ago. Good omens was co-authored by two amazing writers, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Since the fall of Satan, there has been one angel and one demon on earth making sure that the balance between good and evil doesn’t get off-balance. The end of the world is upon them, and they are desperately attempting to thwart the unwitting and unknowing efforts of the AntiChrist. It is hilarious. It’s also a series on Amazon!
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
If you’re in the mood for a short read, this is a very small book by Gillian Flynn. The ending is perfect and you’re not given all the answers to the motives of the characters, so you can really explore the ending and make it your own. It’s very good!
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P Lovecraft
This is our spooky read for this year, and I have to say it is creepy. H.P. Lovecraft wrote suspense stories in the early 1900s. At the Mountains of Madness is about an expedition to Antarctica and the mystery beings that the explores find there. It’s very engaging and I would describe it as a page-turner.
The Shining by Stephen King
Stephen King. Need I say more? He’s basically the king (no pun intended) of spooky stories. I haven’t read a lot of Stephen King, but I decided to read this one because it’s a classic. It’s very good and very well-written. I tried to read the sequel, Dr. Sleep, but it wasn’t as engaging as The Shining. I think it would be a great idea to re-read it, because I’m sure there were details I missed the first time. (p.s. the movie is also good!!)
Do you read spooky stories in October? Drop your recommendations below so I can add them to my list!