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17 Chilling Books That'll Get You In The Mood For Halloween

Get your creep on.

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1. My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due

Harper Voyager, goodreads.com

What it's about: When Jessica falls for David, she believes their marriage will be perfect. But when violent murders begin happening to the people she loves, she discovers that David has a dark secret — and a past. David is actually immortal, a member of an Ethiopian sect who exchanged their humanity in order to live forever. And he will make sure Jessica will, too. This is a book Stephen King called "eerie" and "epic," so it's absolutely worth checking out.

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2. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Penguin, Destinee Blau

What it's about: Fans of teen slasher films will devour Perkins' latest novel. Because of Makani Young's dark past, she's moved from Hawaii to Osbourne, Nebraska to live with her grandmother. There she begins to fall for Ollie, even though she's heard not-so-great rumors about him, despite her friends' opinions of him. But things quickly turn sinister when students at Osbourne High begin getting slain in truly horrific ways. Everyone is a suspect, and as the killer shows no signs of stopping, Makani wonders if her dark past has something to do with the gruesome present. Perkins pens a chilling, fast-paced, horror-inducing story that will have you quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens.

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3. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Simon & Schuster, amazon.com

What it's about: Kit and Fancy Cordelle are the daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer. But when they begin to give into their own deep desire to kill, things turn dangerous. Even though they're murdering people who deserve it, they know that if they're not careful, they could get caught. Engrossing, dark, and gruesome, this is one cryptic story that's hard to put down.

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4. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown, ROBERT BURLESON / Via ew.com

What it's about: Maniscalco's gothic horror sequel to Stalking Jack The Ripper picks up with Audrey Rose and Thomas headed to Romania to study forensic medicine at a school that specializes in it. Audrey and Thomas must compete for a coveted spot there, but things quickly turn gruesome. Talk of Vlad the Impaler consumes the town, and murder and mystery unfold beneath them. Both Thomas and Audrey must figure out the dark and twisty ambitions of the murderer before it's too late. Brimming with adventure, cryptic themes, and swoony romance, readers who loved Stalking Jack The Ripper will fall equally in love with Maniscalco's second novel.

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5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Quirk, en.wikipedia.org

What it's about: When sixteen-year-old Jacob finds himself on a remote island after a horrible family tragedy, he comes across the cryptic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the remains of the abandoned home, Jacob begins to realize that those children who were here before were a bit...peculiar. Riggs writes a fantastical, atmospheric, and mysterious series that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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6. They by J.F. Gonzalez

Thunderstorm Books, goodreads.com

What it's about: After his late-wife's accidental death, Vince Walters finally begins to move forward in his life. Unexpectedly, his estranged mother is brutally murdered, and Vince traces evidence back to a sinister satanic cult. There Vince learns of his mother's dark past — and what horrors await in his future. Gritty, suspenseful, and chilling, They will have you hooked from beginning to end.

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7. Ripper by Isabel Allende

Harper, en.wikipedia.org

What it's about: When strange murders begin to take place across the city, Amanda decides to investigate on her own. She then discovers these deaths might just be connected to one killer. But when her mother goes missing, Amanda must figure out who's behind these series of murders before it's too late. This eerie and mysterious crime novel will have you flipping through the pages to get to the end.

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8. Haunting The Deep by Adriana Mather

Penguin, goodreads.com

What it's about: In this chilling sequel to How To Hang A Witch, Sam is trying to move on after surviving a curse, but she can't seem to shake the memories that cling to her. But now Sam is having dreams about the Titanic — dreams that have dangerously began to enter her reality. Now Sam, the Descendants, and Elijah must solve the mystery of who's behind Sam's haunting visions before it's too late. Packed with suspense, twists, and history, this is one hauntingly atmospheric and immersive read you won't want to miss.

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9. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki

VIZ, LLC, goodreads.com

What it's about: Set in a futuristic world in Japan, a class of junior high students are lead to a remote island where they are told they must fight each other to death — only one will survive. This gripping and brutal book is sure to make your heart race.

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10. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Harlequin Teen, amylukavics.com

What it's about: After moving with her family from the mountains to the vast prairie, Amanda Verner and her family arrive to find their new home covered in blood. The longer they stay, the more Amanda begins to realize that there's something haunting and horrific about her new town. But Amanda has her own shameful, sinful secrets, and she isn't sure if the evil is permeating from this town or from within her. Gripping, thrilling, and incredibly creepy, Lukavics weaves an impressively haunting tale that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

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11. The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White

Leisure Books, necropublications.com

What it's about: Dale McCarthy has the ability to bring the dead back to life. Ever since he moved in next door, his neighbor, Sarah, has been having terrifying nightmares of brutal murder. With no one taking her seriously, will she be able to save herself? This movie adaption, Come Back to Me, was released in 2014. Disturbingly twisty and full of surprises, this is one horror novel you won't want to miss.

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12. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Delacorte Press, karathomasbooks.wordpress.com

What it's about: As the new girl in Broken Falls, Kacey surprisingly finds herself blending in well. Everyone seems nice, and she's made two close friends, Bailey and Jade. But things turn odd when her new friends start acting distant, and intentionally don't invite her to the town's biggest party. And when Bailey doesn't make it home, everyone in her seemingly charming town begins turning to her for answers. Filled with suspense and twists, Thomas pens a gripping mystery and absolute nail-biter of a story.

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13. Unhallowed Graves by Nuzo Onoh

canaan-star publishing, nuzoonoh.co.uk

What it's about: At the Oja-ale Night Market run by the dead, anything can be purchased for a deadly price. When Alan Pearson receives a dark purchase, he is forced to face the chilling consequences of the Oja-ale. This frightening, dreadful, and thrilling novel is equal parts haunting and spooky.

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14. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, kimliggett.com

What it's about: After her mother disappeared to join a spiritual commune long ago, Ash and her brother go to Quivara, Kansas to find her. But something mysterious and sinister awaits her there. Ash begins having visions of her ancestors, quickly discovering the dark strangeness and danger within this community. This brilliantly written, heart-pounding, creepy, dark, and twisted YA horror novel is both frightening and addicting.

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15. Out by Natsuo Kirino

Penguin, images.penguinrandomhouse.com

What it's about: After a woman brutally strangles her abusive husband, she asks her co-worker for help disposing his body. But things quickly spin out of control when the murder leads to the discovery of the dark side of Japan's society. This dark, gruesome psychological thriller brings all the suspense and twists.

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16. Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Balzer + Bray, gretchenmcneil.com

What it's about: This chilling novel was recently made into a Lifetime original movie! 10 teens attend an exclusive house party on Henry Island, but after stumbling upon a DVD with the message: "Vengeance is mine" — things quickly turn dark. As the teens begin getting violently murdered one by one, one questions remains: Will anyone make it out alive? Gory, thrilling, and frighteningly disturbing, McNeil brings suspense, twists, and thrills in this dark horror read.


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17. It by Stephen King

New English Library, stephenking.com

What it's about: With the release of the new movie, why not read this classic King book if you haven't already? It takes place in Derry, Maine, where seven teenagers stumbled upon something dark and horrific years ago. Now, 27 years later, they've returned to the very same place where they first discovered an evil presence in their city. And with children being murdered again, they just might know what exactly is lurking beneath the city's sewers. Creepy and atmospheric, this haunting novel is tough to set down.

Buy it here.

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