Though we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Australia, we do still love reading books that give you the creeps! I personally haven’t read too many, because I get scared easily, but I am hoping to remedy that this October. I came up with a couple of lists of creepy books—books I’ve read; books I want to read; and books I’ve studied—and I’ll tell you a little about them and their creep factor!
Books I’ve Read
Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas
The first time I read the first book, I got so hooked I was pulling all-nighters, which led to me pulling the covers over my head at night! The creatures in these books can be pretty scary and I honestly think they get scarier as the books go on. These are fantasy books, but I think sometimes they have the best monsters.
Black Ice, Becca Fitzpatrick
Reading this book in the cold dark winter… sometimes it’s the people that are scary! This thriller had me on the edge of my seat as I tried to guess who is murdering teenage girls in the mountains. Highly recommend.
Touch of Power, Maria V. Snyder
A bit like the Throne of Glass books, this trilogy has some pretty creepy creatures that have an even creepier master. If unstoppable armies of the dead aren’t scary to you, then I don’t know how to satisfy you.
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
Such a horrifying and confrontational read, but also such an important book. Trigger warning: this book contains rape.
Nightshade books + prequels, Andrea Cremer
More fantastical creepy creatures.
Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth
A version of Rapunzel entwined with the story of the woman who wrote it.
Books To Read
The Diviners, Libba Bray
I am planning on reading The Diviners and Lair of Dreams at the end of this month and I cannot wait! I’ve heard something about a murderous ghost…
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
I don’t really know anything about these books, but I get recommendations a lot.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
I only know about the creepy pictures which are scary enough themselves!
In the Shadow of Blackbirds, Cat Winters
I own this in the beautiful hardback edition and I really need to read it! This book also has creepy pictures and that’s about all I know.
Books Studied for Gothic Literature
The Monk, Matthew Lewis
This was my favourite book we studied in my Gothic Literature class. It was the only one I found somewhat scary! It is a typical gothic romance novel and a classic. Highly recommend.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelly
This book is kind of cool, but it wasn’t as scary as I expected. I think the film adaptations are amazing though and I cannot wait to see the new one, Victor Frankenstein, coming out in 2016 staring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy!! *drools*
The Hunter, Julia Leigh
I am almost finished reading this one and I’m really enjoying it so far! Set in Tasmania, my childhood home, it’s the sublime landscape that leaves you feeling haunted, but I have a feeling something exciting is about to happen in the part I’m up to. There is also a movie adaptation of this which I’m hoping to watch at some point.