Okay, so Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Each year I try to choose a “scary” read to enjoy in October (usually my one creepy book for the year since I’m a bit of a wimp). This year I actually haven’t chosen my Halloween read yet, and I really need to get on this! I wanted to try to choose a title that wasn’t a bestseller (i.e. no Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson), but rather something that is lesser known. The following are the five books that I’m hoping to get to this fall before the leaves are gone and winter begins.
Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
I mean first, let’s take a moment to appreciate this cover. Even if I didn’t know the premise of this book, this could totally be a cover buy! When I read the gripping description, I just had to know where this story was going to take me.
Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.
Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.
And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.
Snow Fright by Amie and Bethanie Borst
Snow Fright is actually the third installment in a middle grade series, and one that I want to share with my niece (who is also an avid reader). The first two books in the series, Cinderskella and Little Dead Riding Hood, are such entertaining books! They are fairy tale retellings with creative, spooky twists (and a good dose of humor so it’s not too scary for younger readers). I have a feeling this third installment will be just as fun. (Plus again… that cover art!)
Sarah White is gorgeous even if she is a little bit rotten. A mirror arrives on her twelfth birthday and she thinks it’s the perfect gift, but when the mirror swallows her whole Sarah finds herself in the dead center of the Underworld. Sarah now has to deal with her decaying flesh and sudden craving for brains. By the time Sarah escapes the Underworld, she finds her new zombie life less than appetizing. Even worse, she needs to return to the Underworld to save her friends, Cindy and Scarlet. With a poisoned apple, a crow named Raven, and a glowing necklace, Sarah sets off to rescue her friends. She must succeed, or she’ll be a brain-craving zombie forever.
American Witches: A Broomstick Tour Through Four Centuries by Susan Fair
This is a non-fiction read that I’m super excited about. I grew up obsessed with the history of the Salem Witch Trials (and still read practically every book written on the topic). This book visits the history of American witchcraft and lore. Actual strange events and stories that have happened that text books and historical documents might not tell us.
Throughout history, the specter of witchcraft has both mesmerized and terrified us. But witches aren’t mere fairy book threats; American history is brimming with tales of their terror. From 19th-century murders to a bizarre monkey-faced creature straight from Hell to bewitched pigs hell-bent on revenge, American Witches: a Broomstick Tour through Four Centuries describes strange incidents that have long been banished to the margins of our history.
On a tour through four centuries of American witchcraft that’s both whimsical and startling, we’ll encounter 17th-century children flying around inside their New England home “like geese.” We’ll meet a father-son tag-team of pious Puritans who embarked on an anti-witch mission that involved undressing young ladies and overseeing hangings. And on the eve of the Civil War, we’ll accompany a reporter as he dons a dress and goes searching for witches in New York City’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
Entertainingly readable and rich in amazing details often left out of today’s texts, American Witches casts a flickering torchlight into the dark corners of American history.
The Secret Keepers (Black Water Tales #1) by Jean Nicole Rivers
Okay, this is book one of The Black Water Tales, and I have had it sitting in my TBR pile for a little while now. Reason being, I am terrified that I will lose sleep over these books. Even reading the blurb makes me a bit nervous. But at the same time, I am super curious about this read… I can already see it playing out like a movie in my head… and I want to hide under the covers!
It’s midnight when Regina Dean she receives a harrowing phone call. On the other end of the line a scratchy voice whispers, “They found her, Regina…they found her.” Over the phone Regina learns that the corpse of her best friend, Lola Rusher, has been found and she must return to her, Godforsaken, hometown of Black Water for the funeral of the beloved girl who disappeared when they were both only sixteen years old. Regina returns to Black Water and is reunited with a cast of old friends. Soon Regina realizes that the details revealed with the discovery of Lola’s corpse do not make sense, especially the fact that Lola’s body was dug up on the land of their childhood piano teacher. Determined to lay Lola to rest, Regina launches her own investigation, but someone in Black Water warns Regina to STOP DIGGING. She is thrown into a race to solve the mystery before she loses her mind or meets Lola’s fate. Though Regina’s hometown is a fun house of disturbing characters and distorted images, the truth about what happened to Lola Rusher will be revealed along with a most unexpected and perverse secret that threatens to expose everyone in Black Water. Everyone knows something, but no one knows everything…
Crooked Little House by Stefanie Snider
Although this book has a super short blurb, and I am already afraid to open it to page one. I found indie author Stefanie Snider on social media, and was curious about her writing after following her feed for a while. I have a feeling Crooked Little House will not disappoint anyone looking for a read that will make them keep the lights on!
STELLA: a struggling artist trying to find her voice.
DENTON: an accomplished chef, head over heels in love.
THE HOUSE: unoccupied, it sat waiting. Lonely. Hungry. And as the young couple settled in, it almost seemed to smile…
Now I just have to decide where to start reading (and make sure there is plenty of room in the freezer! (Friends reference… anyone?))
Do you enjoy horror reads? What are some of your favorites?
I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween! -Holly