Spooky Stories for Halloween

Hi Guys! In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, I wanted to share my list of spooky stories that are sure to send a shiver up your spine. Hope you enjoy!

1. The Never List by Koethi Zan

Book Review of The Never List

Jennifer & Sarah are best friends who always look out for each other. One day, they foolishly accept a ride from a stranger and both end up held captive for three years in a sadist’s dungeon. Eventually Sarah manages to escape, but Jennifer isn’t so lucky. 10 years later, Sarah is an agoraphobe who’s barely surviving life after her harrowing experience. Her kidnapper is in prison, but he’s up for parole soon, and Sarah must confront her demons in order to come to terms with what really happened in that basement so many years ago.

2. The Asylum by John Harwood

Book Review of The Asylum

In this Gothic mystery, protagonist Georgina Ferrars wakes up one day in a mental asylum and is told that she voluntarily checked herself in as Lucy Ashton the night before. She tries to explain her true identity and prove her mental capacities, but no one believes her. As bits and pieces of the mystery unravel, readers have to figure out whether Georgina is really telling the truth, or if something darker is lurking below the surface.

3. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Book Review of The Distant Hours

Another delicious Gothic tale, this story follows Edie, executive at a London publishing house. During a trip to meet an author, she happens upon Milderhurst Castle, home to the mysterious Blythe sisters – Saffy, Percy, and Juniper. Edie learns she has a personal connection to Milderhurst, as her own mother was evacuated there during the War. Edie’s mother is tight-lipped about her time at the Castle, and Edie is determined to find out more. However, what she discovers about the Blythe family is more haunting than she could have ever imagined.

4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Book Review of Sharp Objects

Before Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn wrote two books that are arguably much creepier. Sharp Objects is about Camille Preaker, a newspaper journalist with a dark secret. When her hometown is rocked with the murders of two young girls, her editor ships her home to cover the story. As Camille struggles to deal with her ruthless mother and her eerie half-sister, while simultaneously trying to root out the truth about the murders, she comes head on with some sinister skeletons from her past.

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book Review of Dark Places

Flynn’s second book, Dark Places is about Libby Day, the only one to survive a horrific homicide that took her mother and two sisters. And the killer was none other than her own brother, Ben. Twenty-five years later, Libby is approached by The Kill Club, a group of individuals who follow high profile murders, and offered money to look back into the case for any new details. The Kill Club is hoping to exonerate Ben, and Libby is just looking to make a quick buck. But, as Libby relives those terrible memories, she quickly learns that not everything is as it seems, and she may not be able to trust her memory of the murder.

6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Book Review of The Historian

One evening a young woman comes across a very old book in her father’s library. Upon opening it, she learns that it catalogues her parents’ connection to an ancient quest to prove that Vlad the Impaler – also known as Dracula – is still alive. The young woman must decide whether she too will take up this quest, especially now that her father has gone missing. Spanning four decades, this book takes readers on a scary journey across Eastern Europe to find the truth about the Dark Prince, Count Dracula.

7. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Book Review of The Thirteenth Tale

Vida Winter, Britain’s most loved author, is a notorious recluse who has never told anyone the true story of her life. Now that she is on her last leg of life, she calls upon a quiet biographer named Margaret Lea to record the tale. What follows is a Gothic story filled with haunting characters, ghosts, and a tragic fire. By relaying her dark past, Vida is able to come to terms with her demons and let go of the misery that has been plaguing her for so many years.