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    23 Creepy Books We Think You Should Pick Up For The Season Of Spooks

    Here's to sleepless nights for all of us this October!

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    1. The Damnation Game by Clive Barker.

    2. Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda.

    Soft Skull Press

    Why you'll love it: If you're a big fan of Japanese folklore, or folklore in general, you'll absolutely devour this book. It's a delightful collection of short stories that explore the lives and minds of women who, may or may not be technically human, or alive for that matter. It's slightly more lighthearted than some of the books on this list, but a must for horror lovers with a soft spot for Japanese lore.

    Buy the paperback now on Amazon Australia for $23.60.

    3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

    4. Audition by Ryu Murakami.

    5. Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin.

    BuzzFeed / Clare Aston

    Why you'll love it: If you're not quite into spooky stories just yet, but want to jump out of your regular genre zone, give this crime fiction story a go. Written by Aussie author Katherine Firkin, this book takes you from a standard missing persons case to a serial killer investigation. You'll constantly be kept on the edge of your seat wishing you could scream at the characters "Get out of there!".


    Buy the paperback edition for $16 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 from Amazon Australia.

    6. You by Caroline Kepnes.

    7. The Hunger by Alma Katsu.

    8. Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto.

    Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto

    Why you'll love it: If you prefer bite-sized tales that'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up to the longer counterpart, you'll adore this collection of short stories. I highly recommend curling up during this wonderfully stormy weather with a warm tea and keeping your lights on when you're enjoying this bad boy.


    Buy the paperback edition from Booktopia for $31.25 or the Kindle edition from Amazon Australia for $15.44.

    9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

    10. Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson.

    BuzzFeed / Clare Aston

    Trigger warning: The plot of this book centres on suicide, the coercion to commit suicide and mental health. If you, or someone you know needs help please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

    Why you'll love it: This thriller takes the classic crime novel and twists it. If someone kills themselves on TV, how can it possibly be murder? Stevenson takes you on a journey that delves into mystery and the TV world —it'll keep you guessing right up until the last possible minute.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 on Amazon Australia.

    11. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

    12. Ghost Story by Peter Straub.

    13. The Ruins by Scott Smith.

    14. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock.

    15. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

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    Why you'll love it: Although the theme of this book aren't explicitly terrifying, it's so well-written that it'll end up transporting you to a place in your head that's hard to forget. It's not the scariest ghost story you'll ever read, but it's the perfect book to get you into the Halloween spirit.

    Buy the paperback edition for $13.35 or the Kindle edition for $3.99 on Amazon Australia.

    16. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

    BuzzFeed / Hameda Nafiz

    Why you'll love it: The Exorcist was originally published in the 1970s and has had a significant cultural impact since its release. The movie was the source of everyone's worst nightmares and the book is just as chilling, which makes it perfect to read this spooky season.

    Buy the paperback edition for $15.42 or the Kindle edition for $4.99 from Amazon Australia.

    17. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.

    18. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons.

    19. Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

    BuzzFeed / Hameda Nafiz

    Why you'll love it: The slow-burn suspense of Pet Sematary will have you on edge the entire time you're reading (or listening). And trust me, it's worth every stressful moment. If you haven't read this one yet, get onto it ASAP.

    Buy the paperback edition for $18.68 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 on Amazon Australia.

    20. Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

    21. Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.

    22. The Haunted: True Stories for the Ghost Lover's Soul by L. Sydney Fisher.

    Amazon

    Why you'll love it: If you love short stories and true ghostly encounters, then look no further. This compilation of mysterious ghost stories will have you questioning every dark corner in your house or wanting to go on a ghost hunt immediately.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16.59 or the Kindle edition for FREE on Amazon Australia.

    23. The Hypnotist (Joona Linna, Book 1) by Lars Kepler.

    BuzzFeed / Hameda Nafiz

    Why you'll love it: Translated from Scandinavian, this book will give you absolutely everything you need if you enjoy creepy crime thrillers. The timelines are exhilarating and the storylines are so captivating that you'll soon be deeply invested in this investigative tale.

    Buy the paperback edition for $17.50 or the Kindle edition for $11.99 on Amazon Australia.

    Oh, and if you're one of those people that prefers to ~listen~ to your books, you can grab them from Audible Australia! Plus the first one's free (and who doesn't love a freebie?).