You may have heard of the “31 days of horror films” challenge where you enjoy an evening of scary movies every night throughout October. While we love a good scare on the big screen, we wanted to round up a frightfully fun list of fiction and nonfiction that just might bring a chill to your bones. After all, a book a day keeps the monsters away, right?
So with the scariest season of all descending upon us, we’re counting down the dreadfully delightful days until Halloween with a ghoulish, gruesome or ghastly good book for each day. Check out one, or all...if you dare. Witchy romance, historical horror, true crime and even books for the littlest boos and ghouls can help everyone get in the spirit.
From slightly scary to hair-raising horror, these books are all treats (no tricks) that you can enjoy all month long on the Libby app. All you need is your library card to start reading. Download Libby and access ebooks and audiobooks 24/7, and make the most of your next bewitching night.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Make storytime a little more frightening on this riveting trip though space and time to discover the true origins of Halloween.
Catch Me If You Candy by Ellie Alexander
Things are getting mysterious in this next delicious installment in the Bakeshop Mystery series, set in Ashland, Oregon.
I’m in Love with Mothman by Paige Lavoie
A 22-year-old social media influencer is suffering from an epic case of burnout, but that all changes when a wounded cryptid crashes into her roof—and her heart.
Bunnicula by James Howe and Andrew Donkin
This fang-tastic graphic novelization of the modern classic will send a shiver down your spine and leave you howling with laughter.
The Shining by Stephen King
As the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during an isolated winter, Jack is hoping for a fresh start. But the idyllic location feels ever more remote… and more sinister. And the only one to notice is Danny, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
The Conductors by Nicole Glover
From a bold new voice in speculative fiction comes a vibrant historical fantasy of magic and murder set in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall
This debut novel explores the shields we build around our hearts to retain our own magic.
Cryptid Club by Sarah Andersen
A delightful peek into the secret social lives of some of the world’s most fascinating, monstrous and mysterious creatures.
Small Town Monsters by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
This terrifying audiobook tells the story of a girl, a dark angel and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.
House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
A young woman is drawn into the upper echelons of a society where blood is power in this dark and enthralling Gothic novel.
Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider by Megan McDonald
Stink’s spider phobia spurs his sister, Judy, and friend Webster to try some desensitization techniques until a real-life encounter takes them by surprise.
Behold the Monster by Jillian Lauren
Lead of the Starz docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer Jillian Lauren delivers the harrowing report of her unusual relationship with a psychopath. Her riveting and emotional accounts reveal the women who were lost to cold files, giving the victims a chance to have their stories heard for the first time.
Death for Dinner Cookbook by Zach Neil
Visit your dark side with 60 frightfully delicious plant-based comfort-foods, baked goods and cocktails inspired by your favorite horror movies and TV shows.
Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal
Teen Wolf meets Emergency Contact in this sharply observed, hilarious and heartwarming debut young adult novel about friendship, chronic illness and werewolves.
Rootwork by Tracy Cross
Set deep in the segregated South, Rootwork follows three sisters during one life-changing summer when they head off to stay with their hoodoo-practicing aunt, a powerful woman feared by the local townspeople.
Chilling with Ghosts by Insha Fitzpatrick
Discover everything about ghosts in this fun handbook packed with eerie tales, engrossing science and fascinating history—perfect for middle-grade readers and mythology fans.
Slewfoot by Brom
Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it.
Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda
Interweaving pop culture references and horror concepts drawn from Herman Melville, H. P. Lovecraft and anonymous “creepypastas,” Jawbone is an ominous, multivocal novel that explores the terror inherent in the pure potentiality of adolescence and the fine line between desire and fear.
The Good House by Tananarive Due
A critically-acclaimed story of supernatural suspense where a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces.
The Only One Left by Riley Sager
A Gothic chiller about a young caregiver assigned to work for a woman accused of a Lizzie Borden-like massacre decades earlier.
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
A gothic fantasy horror from the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author about a woman in a dark-mirror version of post-war England who finds a husband...and the secrets he keeps.
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
In a boarded-up house on a dead-end street lives a family of three. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all.
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
A bold and brilliant new indigenous voice in contemporary literature makes her American debut with this kinetic, imaginative and sensuous fable inspired by the traditional Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou, a werewolf-like creature that haunts the roads and woods of native people’s communities.
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
This chilling YA psychological thriller is a modern take on the classic haunted house story where secrets always find their way through the cracks.
Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films by Nina Nesseth
A pop-science look at fear, how and why horror films get under our skin and why we keep coming back for more.
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this horror novel about a women’s book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town.
Out There Screaming by Jordan Peele
A groundbreaking anthology of all-new stories of Black horror, exploring not only the terrors of the supernatural but the chilling reality of injustice that haunts our nation.
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.
The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill
Catherine has a new job cataloging a wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. But when the owner’s damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past, the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real.
Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt
A dark, unflinching haunted house story that confronts both supernatural and real-world horrors through the lens of the modern-day trans experience.
Cackle by Rachel Harrison
A darkly funny, frightening novel about a young woman learning how to take what she wants from a witch who may be too good to be true.
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