October isn’t just for playing in the fallen leaves—it’s for cuddling up together on the sofa with a scary read.
The Wolves in the Walls
Lucy hears wolves in the walls. Her brother thinks she’s bats. Her dad just plays the tuba. It’s a wonderful, suspenseful tale from the magic mind of Neil Gaiman.
On a Pale Horse
The first in the Incarnations of Immortality series, Anthony’s books skew more sci-fi than scary. Nonetheless, assuming the mantel of Death himself and taking on Satan isn’t for the faint of heart.
The Night Strangers
When a pilot of a downed plane starts hearing the voices of some of the passengers he’s killed, and the neighbors never seem to age, you know you’re in for a wild ride. But the ending! The ending!
The books are better. Religious fanaticism and the paranormal come to play when poor Carrie White tries to navigate the high school scene. Lesson: It never pays to be the mean girl.
Straub doesn’t get enough love for his ability to tell a truly spooky tale. This one—the tale of four men that cover up a death, only to be haunted years later—is widely considered a classic.
Koontz’s wildly popular Odd Thomas series includes this story about a man with an unearthly connection to the spirit world. It’s Odd Thomas’ mission to save the lives of three unjustly accused, if he can just prove their innocence in time.
On everyone’s best-seller list last year, and for good reason—Hill crafts a twisted tale of two people, Victoria McQueen and Charles Talent Manx. Having crossed paths once, McQueen just wants to forget. Too bad Manx isn’t going to let that happen.
Kill My Mother
Yes, THAT Feiffer. If you’re a fan of his work, maybe you’ll appreciate the author’s take on a graphic novel, the story of a hard-edged P.I. and the women that surround him.