Top 5 Halloween Horror Books To Check Out – Fall 2021

Are you looking for a good spook or two this October? If you are, check out this month’s roundup of the best Halloween horror books and stories to read this fall. 

Halloween is just around the corner.

So there’s no doubt that you’ve most likely got party costumes, scary movies, or horror stories on your mind.

Year after year, Halloween is when most of us turn to the darker side of things. Albeit usually in good humour.

So, for all the girls and boys and the ghosts and ghouls out there, let’s dive into this month’s featured blog post on the best horror novels to check out this fall 2021.

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Edgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection

Known as the godfather of grotesque horror and the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe is often the first name that comes to mind when thinking about scary stories.

In Edgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection, you’ll find more scary stories and darkness than you can shake a ghoul at.

The Pit And The Pendulum, The Cask Of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, Murder In The Rue Morgue, and The Fall Of The House Of Usher are just a few of the spine-tingling short horror stories written by Poe during the mid 19th century.

If you’re ready for a nightmare, then I recommend checking out some of Poe’s most notable works.

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Later By Stephen King

Published earlier this year in March, Later by Stephen King is thought to be King at his best!

The story’s premise is the deep, dark, and sometimes twisted secrets that often keep buried inside. And the cost we must all pay when we begin to unearth those secrets.

Later follows Jamie Conklin, a single mother who wants nothing more than to have an ordinary childhood.

However, despite his wishes, Jamie was born with an unnatural ability. It allows him to see and learn things that nobody else can. But his mother sincerely urges him to keep his powers a secret.

Over time, Jamie learns the actual cost of using his ability while being drawn into the pursuit of a murderer threatening to strike again, despite already being dead and buried.

If you liked stories like It or The Shining, I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down until the last page is read.

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

The Mary Shelley Club By Goldy Moldavsky

Looking for a young-adult novel that’s sure to have your skin crawling?

In The Mary Shelley Club, best-selling author Goldy Moldavsky traces the life of teenager Rachel Chavez as she struggles to fit in at Manchester Prep School.

Rachel is attending the school on a scholarship, which has already cast her outside from the other students.

Eventually, she finds herself caught up in a prank gone wrong. And, despite her wishes to fit in, she ends up making enemies rather than friends.

If you’re attending college or university this year, The Mary Shelley Club is sure to resonate.

And, even better, it’s sure to keep you up at night wondering if your friends are really who they say they are!

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Chasing The Boogeyman By Richard Chizmar

Best described as a cross between the storytelling styles of Michelle McNamara and Stephen King, Richard Chizmar is a New York Times Bestselling author.

And, if you’re a fan of small-town horror stories or evil entities lurking in the dark, you’re in for a treat!

Chasing The Boogeyman is set in the summer of 1988.

In a small, less-than-known town in Maryland, the remains of mutilated bodies start showing up.

In turn, local police are lead to the creepy assumption that there’s a serial killer on the loose in town.

However, as rumours spread, locals begin to suspect that the killer might not even be human…

Chasing The Boogeyman is clever and terrifying, making it the perfect union between true crime and horror.

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw

Nothing But Blackened Teeth is described as a “gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.”

In her horror novel, Cassandra Khaw tells the tale of an abandoned Heian-era mansion on the bones of a dead bride. But even more disturbing is the fact that the mansion’s walls are packed with the remains of countless girls that were put there to keep her company.

Although creepy, the mansion is the ideal venue for thrill-seeking friends and couples looking to tie the knot.

However, for some thrill-seekers, their visit to the mansion eventually spirals into a grotesque nightmare.

After all, a dead bride is sure to get lonely down there in the dirt from time to time.

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Best Halloween Horror Books 2021

Whether you’re a horror fan or not, Halloween is the one time of year where all the ghosts and ghouls come out to play.

So for those of you that need help dreaming up their next nightmare. I hope this list of Halloween horror novels to check out will send a chill down your spine.

4 Horror-Filled Halloween Novels To Read This Month

Looking for the best Halloween novels to read this October? Check out these 4 surprisingly spooky stories!

With the fall months fast-approaching, the weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change colors. And for many, there’s a certain excitement in the air for the months to come.

For the Halloween fans out there, this also means the scary season will soon be upon us, filled with stories of ghosts, witches, and demons.

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In fact, it’s the one time of year when embracing all things scary is not suggested, but actually it’s encouraged. 

So if you’re looking for an amazing novel, designed to increase your heartbeat, and have you hiding under the covers when things go bump in the night, consider adding these 4 books to your reading list this month!

Best Vampire Story – Salem’s Lot By Stephen King

At Halloween, there’s nothing better than a scary vampire, especially when it’s terrorizing an entire town.

Salem’s Lot takes us back to a time when vampires were blood-sucking demons to be feared in the night, and who better to tell such a tale than Stephen King?

Ben Mears is an author who returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot in Maine; a place he called home for four years as a child.

He’s committed to working on his book about the creepy Marston House, a home where murder and suicide occurred. What Ben soon realizes is that the house’s new owner, Kurt Barlow is more than meets the eye.

After the murder of a little boy in town, people start disappearing in the town.

Except, they haven’t really disappeared at all – it seems they’ve become something different. Something demonic. And they’re hungry for blood…

Best Haunted House Story – Hell House By Richard Matheson

A haunted house is always a hallmark part of Halloween. But Hell House by Richard Matheson takes things to another level.

But when the haunted house comes after us in ways we never imagined, you know it’s going to be a terrifying ride. And that’s exactly what Richard Matheson does in his novel, aptly titled Hell House.

For the book’s main character, Rolf Deutsch, it wasn’t a question of if he was going to die, it was a matter of whether or not there was an afterlife.

That’s why he hired two mediums and a physicist to attempt to confirm these facts for him.

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The assembled team then travels to the Belasco House in Maine, where it has sat abandoned after a decade of its owners’ alcoholism, drug addiction, and debauchery.

Committed to their goal, the team spends one night in the Belasco House when the house suddenly seems to come alive at night.

When the house starts using their own fears and weaknesses against them, they slowly begin losing a grip on reality, slipping into madness.

For Deutsch’s team of investigators, they quickly discover why the rest of the town calls it Hell House, and it’s going to bring you into pure terror as it unfolds…

Best Demon Story – The Exorcist By William Peter Blatty

When you’re looking for a good scare, a demon is exactly the type of monster you’d never want to run into on Halloween night.

That’s why The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty has become a cult classic; it grabs you, holds you, and stays with you long after you’ve put the book down. This makes it the perfect combination of a scary read and a long-lasting impact.

This story takes us on a journey of a young girl, named Regan MacNeil, who lives with her famous mother.

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Regan becomes inexplicably ill shortly after her mother finishes filming a movie. This begins causing a series of disturbances within their home.

As the story unfolds, Regan’s downward spiral into seriously disturbing physical changes are met with even more intense psychological changes.

During this story, you’ll be dragged through her journey to hell and back, literally.

Best New Horror Book (2020 Release) – Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

When a frantic letter from her cousin sends Noemi Taboada to High Place, she’s not sure what’s in store. In the story of Mexican Gothic, nothing is as it seems, and Noemi becomes mesmerized by the terrifying world of High Place.

The longer she’s there, the more she feels the presence of the home; it begins to invade her dreams, filling them with blood and doom.

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With her only ally being a small boy, the family’s youngest son, Noemi quickly realizes he may be the key to the dark secrets that lay beyond the walls. He may be the secret of the violence and madness that has captured her attention and desire.

But as she uncovers the terrifying truth behind High Place, she starts to question whether she’ll ever be able to leave the house behind.

Best Horror Reads 2020

As Halloween quickly approaches, it’s time to embrace the horror. From vampires to haunted houses, demons to ghosts, these books are designed to raise the hair on the back of your neck.

Enjoy a timeless classic or the newest read today and bring out the scary in your Halloween season… if you dare.