It's that time of year again, where everything is flavored pumpkin spice and orange really is the new black. Though I have never been the biggest Halloween fan, it is no secret that I am an avid reader of the odd scary novel. In honor of Friday the 13th and because I will use any excuse to write about mysteries, I have rounded up 13 truly spooky reads. Hope you enjoy, and remember, check under your bed...
1- Dracula by Bram Stoker
No list of scary reads would be complete without mention of the ultimate horror story classic.
2- The Secret Place by Tana French
Though this is the fifth book in French's Dublin Murder Squad series, you can easily start here. It's my favorite, and quite creepy to boot.
3- Blue Monday by Nicci French
Another creepy read is by another author with French as the last name, though in this case it is the pseudonym of a writing couple. I have read all the books in this series, and they are truly the definition of psychological thrillers.
4 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
It's difficult to chose just one Agatha Christie mystery, but this one, where people are knocked off one after the other, is truly a must-read and one of her most atmospheric!
5 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said about Gone Girl, but if you haven't read it, do!
6 - Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
An eerie story about a mother, a daughter and a terrible crime. This book really took me by surprise and made me read the author's other books as well.
7- Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
I don't even know how to describe this story. It's terrifying and unputdownable at the same time.
8 - Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Another compulsively readable thriller, where the villain is known, but the atmosphere is incredibly tense all the same.
9 - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca is a novel that is creepy because of the atmosphere and the slow build up over time. It's not frightening as much as very unsettling.
10 - Room by Emma Donoghue
If you've only seen the film (which I have to say was excellent) you must read the book! It's scary and sad and moving and you won't be able to put it down.
11 - 11.22.63 by Stephen King
This is the only fiction novel I have read by King, and though it isn't horror, it is scary and at times very grim. It's a long book, but incredibly inventive, tense and atmospheric.
12 - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
A creepy, gothic story by one of the pioneers of the mystery novel. The film, when I first saw it, really spooked me, too.
13 - The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
This was the first truly scary story I ever read and remains one of the most terrifying in my menmory!