Last year I wrote a post in October showing you my favorite creepy books that are perfect for the month of Halloween. These picks are still my favorite ones, so I thought I would re-post it for those who may have missed it. Enjoy!
The month of October means Halloween, cooler weather and more darkness. And all that means it’s the perfect time to bust out with some creepy reading material, yes?
If you follow me on any of my various social media feeds, especially Goodreads, you know I am an avid reader. I have a very vast actual and virtual book collection and have a list a mile long of books I want to read.
Some of my favorite dark and creepy books are older, like Stephen King novels, but many are ones that have come out in recent years. I am finding ever since Gillian Flynn and Tana French came out, there is a whole new genre of disturbing novels by female writers. And I am loving this!
Stephen King is the old horror stand-by and I have every one of his books. I definitely have some favorites though and in fact, one of my all-time favorite books ever is The Stand, unedited version. I also love IT, Desperation, The Regulators and Misery.
As mentioned above, Gillian Flynn came out a few years ago with her first novel called Sharp Objects and I was immediately hooked on her writing. FYI – It’s very dark and creepy. Her other two novels Dark Places and Gone Girl are also really good. All three of these are currently being made into Hollywood movies involving Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks and others. I am really excited and nervous about these being adapted to film because they have A LOT to live up to!
Tana French is another author I have read every book of so far and I’ve really liked them all. She too has a creepy vibe but she writes in a more mystery type style rather than seriously deranged stuff like Gillian Flynn writes about.
An author I somehow came across about 7 or 8 years ago is Natsuo Kirino and her book Out. She actually writes in Japanese and four of her novels have been translated into English. I’ve read Out, Grotesque and Real World and they are all really good. But Out especially is SO GOOD. She’s won awards in Japan for best crime fiction and best mystery writer.
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry is another book I recently read and it’s pretty new. It’s a true story about a young British woman who disappeared in Tokyo without a trace and how her family tries to find out what happened to her. It’s a really great read and a very strange story.
About a year or so ago I got into a series from Mira Grant which includes Feed, Deadline and Blackout. I think there might be another one in the series that’s new but I haven’t read it yet. Anyway I liked these because they are partially set in the Bay Area (Berkeley – my hometown) and they are about zombies and the apocalyptic world.
Just a couple weeks ago I finished The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood. It takes place in a small seaside town in England and is about young girls and murder. And that’s all I will say because I don’t want to give it away.
Another one I forgot to include on here which I also just finished is called After Her by Joyce Maynard. It also takes place in the Bay Area (Marin County) in the 1970’s/1980’s and is about two young girls, their police officer father and a serial killer. It’s loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer who was a real serial killer in the 70’s in the Marin area.
Right now I am about 3/4 of the way through Save Yourself by Kelly Braffett. It’s a dark story that follows two sisters, two brothers and a killing. Plus more! We shall see how it turns out.
Do you like dark and/or horror books? Which are your favs?