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My Top 7 Spooky Reads For The Season

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Here are my recommendations for some fun Halloween reads, in no particular order because they were all fun. The list has seven because I was too lazy to come up with ten….I mean, because I totally did it on purpose.

The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum’s dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human…

I have read and re-read this book many times. I love a good monster book. These authors have a way of keeping me literally on the edge of my seat. Yes, literally. Also, this was the book that my husband and I connected on when we first started dating. Nothing like a killer monster to bring two people together.

Amish Vampires in Space By Kerry Nietz

The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. They end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars. But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive…or used to be.

After putting off reading this book, I finally gave in because of the title alone. I’m glad I did. As silly as it sounds, it was a fun read. Honestly, what’s not to love about mixing the Amish with monsters?! If you can merge Amish and romance, then why not a bit of horror? I’m looking forward to book 2, Amish Zombies!


The Ghost Box by Mike Duran

With the help of an occult archivist and a carefree guardian angel, Moon is forced to confront an invisible world of toxic parasites and dimensional outriders. But no amount of magic can save him from the monster that awaits… inside him.

Books that include a spiritual side, namely angels and demons, interest me. The Ghost Box has a lot of that and more. At first, I was thinking it was a bit like This Present Day, but more fantastical. I loved the descriptions of the other world. Book 1 setup the world, so I’m curious where book 2 will take the reader.

Shade Trilogy by Merrie Destefano

A Re-Imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. For fans of the Netflix program, THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES, AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard, and BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA.

I started to read this series, then had the opportunity to listen to it on audiobook. I can’t decide which I preferred because I enjoyed them both. Merrie has a way with words, painting a gruesome picture that’s, unfortunately, easy to imagine. Not recommended for night reading! By the way, she has a new book out: A Place of Magic.

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

In 1928, a serial killer had haunted the circus train. Now that the old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, it seems to have stirred up that terrible past. Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.

A serial killer from 1928 that is somehow terrorizing the main character in present day?! No spoilers though. Let’s just say it’s a spooky murder mystery you won’t want to miss. Jaime has written a few spooky mysteries. This was the most recent one I’ve read, but be sure to check out her other books.

The String by Caleb Breakey

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory. Rule #2: If anyone refuses to play, all threats will come to pass. Game on. Get ready for a deadly social experiment as a sociopath known as The Conductor delivers disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff.

Another serial killer book! From the first chapter, this book takes off in a run and there’s never a dull moment. The sociopath known as the conductor, starts pulling together his orchestra of players, his “knots” as he calls them, directing each one in a silent symphony.

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan

You won’t remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed you around your comfortable home, suggested a financial package, negotiated a price with the owner, and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That’s absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer is; he has the keys to them all.

Another (not exactly serial) killer book! LOL. I sense a theme. This might scare you off from using a real estate agent (or possible changing the locks after moving in), as this guy makes a copy of the house key at the time of sale and sits on it for a few years before returning to explore the home and learn about every bit of the owner’s life. His proclivity for secret home invasions causes some…complications.

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Go ahead, commenters. Do your worst….or best. What would you recommend for spooky reading?

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