Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Mood


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week, we’re talking about books for getting into the Halloween spirit. With a pinch of ghosts, a dash of terror, and a few other supernatural creatures to add some chills and thrills, here are my top 10:

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1) A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans: What’s Halloween without a little possession?

2) Misery by Stephen King: Really, just about any Stephen King book could fit on this list. I love that Misery manages to be terror-inducing without the slightest shred of the supernatural. Just a crazy woman with an axe…

3) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. Like father, like son… I could just as easily put Horns or Heart-Shaped Box on this list, although NOS4A2 has the scariest evil dude that I’ve encountered lately.

4) Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: Because sometimes you just need a good ghost story. Bonus points for taking place next to (and in) an awesome cemetery.

5) The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian: Another fabulous ghost story. Absolutely a five-star read.

6) The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan: Blood, guts, gore, and existentialism. Quite the introspective murderous werewolf.

7) Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore: When you prefer your vampires with silliness and laughter. A great San Francisco setting doesn’t hurt a bit.

8) The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe: Smart witches, example #1.

9) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: Smart witches, example #2. Plus, you know, a sexy vampire — and there are even trick-or-treaters.

10) And finally, The Boys Are Back in Town by Christopher Golden: For those who like a straight-up over-the-top horror fest:

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What books put you in the Halloween mood?

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Mood

  1. It’s so good to see The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane on someone’s list – I love that book! 😀 Misery’s a great choice, too; I’m not a big fan of Stephen King but I have read and enjoyed Misery, so I think I prefer King’s stories which don’t have any trace of the supernatural in them. (Which is odd, because I love me some supernatural stories).

    Great list – The Last Werewolf sounds like an interesting read. 🙂

    • The Last Werewolf is great — but it’s super gory, so be warned! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed Deliverance Dane as well. There’s something so interesting about the mix of witch lore and academia, and it’s so well written!

  2. Great list! All your books sound delightfully spooky! I completely forgot about The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane! Salem witches are always a win in my mind. I did my TTT on books to read too. Happy Halloween!

  3. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane forever. NOS4A2 definitely has one seriously scary bad guy. I picked Heart Shaped Box for my list. 😀

  4. Good choices! I loved NOS4A2. So creepy! And you can’t go wrong with Stephen King. I have a Discovery of Witches and Her Fearful Symmetry on my bookshelf, but haven’t gotten to them yet. I may have to start one of them this week.

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