The air is getting cooler and the nights longer. You know what that means: Halloween is almost here and it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to keep you up all night. Here, for your terrifying pleasure, are five of the scariest books written since last Halloween.
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale, a blend of literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror from the author of last year’s A Head Full of Ghosts (also available as a streaming audiobook at Hoopla.com).
Slade House by David Mitchell
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
Dahlia Dutton and her construction crew are given a last ditch job to salvage an especially tantalizing property. Ignorant of the house’s history, the crew soon find themselves haunted by the secrets the house has held for nearly a century.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Jake and a woman known only as The Girlfriend are taking a drive to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake instead strands The Girlfriend at a deserted school, the story transforms into a twisted combination of unease, psychological frailty, and a look into the limitations of solitude.
The Binding by Nicholas Wolff
Convinced that evil spirits have overtaken his daughter, a desperate father brings her to Nat Thayer, a psychiatrist in their sleepy Massachusetts town. Thayer soon realizes his patient and many other townspeople are actually being targeted by an evil force resurrected from the town’s wicked history.