CLASSIC SCARY READS FOR HALLOWEEN

PDI Bookclub: 10 All-Time Great Scary Fiction Reads…

 

This blog post offers a listing of 10 works, in no particular order or ranking. Pulled from a variety of time periods and settings, their overall popularity attests to the assertion that each is worthy of being read by anyone who’s looking for a scary read for Halloween.

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A chilling tale that’s based on true events in this 40th Anniversary Edition…

 

The Exorcist remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

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Always near the top of the list of Stephen King must-reads…

 

Ben Mears returns to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination.

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Evil wears an innocent face in this 50th Anniversary Edition...

 

Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant―and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare.

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A new house for Coraline to explore; what awaits?

 

There are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors in Coraline’s new house. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. (Written for Young Readers)

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This inspiration for a 10 part Netflix series is considered by many they greatest haunted house story ever written…

 

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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An Australian author with a knack for making houses creepy…

 

Everyone knows about Ashburn House. They whisper its old owner went mad, and restless ghosts still walk the halls. But when Adrienne―desperate and in need of a place to stay―inherits the crumbling old mansion, she only sees it as a lifeline…until darkness falls. Strange messages are etched into the walls. Furniture moves when she leaves the room. And a grave hidden in the depths of the forest hints at a terrible, unforgivable secret. Something twisted lives in her house, its hungry eyes ever-watchful. Chasing the threads of a decades-old mystery, it isn’t long before she realizes she’s become prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

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Book 1 of 3 in this highly-acclaimed series…

 

When Addison Lockhart inherits Grayson Manor after her mother’s untimely death, she unlocks a secret that’s been kept hidden for over fifty years. For Addison, it seems like she’s finally found the house of her dreams… until the spirit of Roxanne “Roxy” Rafferty comes to call. Who is Roxanne, why is she haunting Grayson Manor, and how will Addison’s connection reveal a key to her own past that she thought no longer existed?

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Relentlessly scary… A ghost story that’s sure to stay with you long after the final page has been turned…

 

Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals… a used hangman’s noose… a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box – a musty dead man’s suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there… watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.

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Some legends have a long record of victims and some are still adding to their ever-growing list…

 

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan… and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods. When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning — and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.

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A special box set that celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Goosebumps!

 

R. L. Stine has been a favorite for generations of young readers. Now you can celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Goosebumps with your young readers by gifting them this special box set which is built from five of the all-time bestselling books including: Monster BloodWhy I’m Afraid of BeesA Night in Terror TowerThe Beast From the East, and Legend of the Lost Legend. Each book is printed with their original cover and the collection comes in an exclusive retro collector’s tin!

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The Betrayal launched “The Fear Street Saga” and gave young readers a new reason to love the stories of R.L. Stine

 

The Betrayal is Book #1 in the Fear Street Saga Trilogy and a perfect place for teen and young adult readers to discover the work of R.L. Stine.

Nora knows the secrets behind the horrifying things happening on Fear Street and reveals the dark legacy that marked the start of the terror three hundred years earlier, when a young girl was burned at the stake…

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  • Please Note: Our reading lists are comprised of traditionally published works. There are many independently published authors who produce quality work, but there are an even larger number who produce work that could be of much higher quality with greater attention to editing and overall production value. Since we cannot vet them all, we have chosen to restrict the PDI Book Club lists to traditionally published work.
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