October is the best month of the year. It’s finally brisk enough to sip cocoa or cider, to wrap yourself up in a fuzzy blanket or chunky scarf, and to immerse yourself in all that is spooky. Now is the time to eat, drink, and be scary.
With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve rounded up ten of the scariest books on Amazon, including tales of true horror, seances, murder mysteries, and plenty of cult classics. Whether you skim through these pages on your lunch break or right before bed, these bone-chilling books will be sure to spook you.
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
There’s no way I’m the only one who got nightmares after reading James and the Giant Peachand The Witchesright?Roald Dahl’s work is almost always scary. If his children’s book are any indicator Dahl’s book of ghost stories is sure to be next-level spooky.
The Haunting of Blackwood House
There are seances, scares, and scams galore in this creepy tale of a haunted house.
51 Sleepless Nights
If you like Black Mirror, you’ll probably like the sinister tales that are in this collection of short stories. There’s techy references to things like VR and dating apps—it’s a contemporary spook.
Horror Stories: Terrifyingly REAL Stories of true horror & Chilling- Murders
If you’re able to handle them, these murder mystery stories and gruesome crimes will give you quite the fright. As if these stories aren’t horrid enough, it’s even more bone-chilling that they all happened IRL.
The Big Book of Serial Killers
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know—and probably some stuff you didn’t—about the killers that inspired movies like Silence of the Lambs.
Serial Killers: Adult Coloring Book
Oh don’t mind me, just having some lighthearted fun with my crayons and murderers.
This book tells the story of one killer, three days, and ten teenagers at an exclusive party on an island. What could go wrong?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A cult classic, this book (and the ones that come after it) truly make for a dark, sinister series. They’re not for the faint of heart, but then again neither is this holiday.
As it is in most cases, the book is supposed to be much better than the movie, which considering how truly scary the movie was, is really saying something.
Big Little Lies
This book inspired the HBO show that is nothing short of dark and haunting: clear proof that you don’t need a rickety old house or ghouls and goblins to give you the shivers.