I’ve never been a huge fan of horror, or spooky books, mostly due to the fact I’m a massive wimp. However, I recently read Laura Purcell’s book The Silent Companions, and whilst it massively freaked me out, I absolutely adored it.
Since then I’ve been on the lookout for other spooky books to add to my TBR, and I’ve found some really interesting sounding books (trust me to wait until after Halloween to suddenly want to start reading scary books!). I think the key with me is that I want to read more psychological, haunted house books than any kind of gory, slasher type horror, and I think these books fit the bill.
So here are 8 spooky books I’ve added to my TBR:
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
So I think this one may be more of a mystery than a horror, but it sounds like its going to have a bit of a spooky, or at least strange vibe. It looks to be about a Scooby-Doo type gang of kids (hence the reference to ‘meddling kids’) who have all grown up and grown apart, who have to get back together when weird things start happening.
It definitely looks pretty unique, and like there could be some humour thrown in there as well! I just got a copy out of the library, so I’m hoping to read this soon.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This is another book I just got out of the library. It’s about a reclusive author and her secret past, and sounds wonderfully Gothic and spooky!
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw is considered one of the classics of the haunted house genre, and so I feel like it’s one I should definitely read if I want to read some more spooky books!
The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
The name alone sounds spooky, right? This book is about Scarcross Hall, a house on an old coffin path that runs across the moors, and the evil that supposedly lurks there.
The House on Cold Hill by Peter James
This book looks like your classic haunted house book, with a family moving into an old house and starting to notice strange goings on and creepy happenings. And that’s kind of what I’m looking for in a spooky book!
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
This book is about a couple that moves into a decaying old house (a classic scenario!) which quickly begins to change before their eyes, as terrifying things begin to happen. I’ve heard this one is genuinely quite scary, so I’m intrigued to read it, even if I am a little nervous!
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
I love the name of this book so much! It already sounds super spooky!
And I like the premise of a ghost hunter/killer going into a house where there’s a ghost infamous for killing everyone who enters, and being spared…Why? I need to know! I presume there’s going to be some kind of ghost – ghost hunter friendship (maybe romantic relationship?) involved, and I love unexpected friendships!
The Lost Ones by Anita Frank
I haven’t actually heard much about this book, it’s just one I stumbled across on Goodreads and liked the sound of it.
It’s about a woman called Stella who goes to stay with her pregnant sister Madeline after the death of her fiance in World War I. Greyswick is an old house full of mystery and secrets, and Stella finds her sister crippled by fear and suspicion, and sets out to find out what’s really going on.
So have you read any of these books? What did you think, and which would you recommend? What other spooky books do you think I should add to my TBR?