Fall is finally here, and that’s your cue to curl up with a spooky read. Whether your go-to is a traditional Halloween ghost story or a psychological thriller, we’ve got just the book list for you! From classics to page-turning modern novels, check out our favorite haunted reads.


The Haunting of Hill House

by Shirley Jackson

Originally published in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House is an oldie but a goodie. It has been frightening readers for over 50 years and remains one of the best haunted house stories of all time. The book begins with a group of four people who are visiting the hill house in search of evidence of a haunting. Their stay seems to be slightly spooky at first, but they don’t experience anything substantial. The hill house has plans to take over one of the four individuals. Who will it be? Follow the characters through their unnerving experiences and listen as they crack jokes to ignore their fear.

The Shining

by Stephen King

From the author who’s brought us some of the world’s most terrifying nightmares, it’s hard to pick just one Stephen King novel as the scariest. Any of his novels are sure to keep you up at night, but if you’re looking for a place to start, grab The Shining. Whether or not you’ve seen the movie, it doesn’t matter — the book is sure to thrill you. Trust us, you won’t be able to get Stephen King’s epic and descriptive images out of your head.

Summer of Night

by Dan Simmons

Summer of Night is not your typical YA novel. A group of intrigued 12-year-old boys begin an investigation of their school after one of their classmates loses his brother. All is calm until one of the boys digs into newspaper articles from 60 years ago. What he discovers changes the course of the entire book. We won’t spoil it for you, but here’s a hint — several strange, supernatural events took place at the school in the past.

The Turn of the Screw

by Henry James

Henry James brings us a classic ghost story with The Turn of the Screw. The book opens on Christmas Eve with a group of friends sitting around and trading ghost stories. You’ll follow the narrator, a governess, as her life suddenly switches from seemingly normal to completely mysterious. Right when you think you’ve nailed the plot, Henry James presents twists and turns. The best part about this book is that you’ll never be bored, and it’ll require you to pay attention to the details.

House of Leaves

by Mark Danielewski

You know you’ve got a good book on your hands when the house is the scariest character of all. The Navidson family returns home from a vacation, but their house is not the way they left it. New doors appear, staircases lead to dead ends, and secret passageways are plentiful. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you follow the Navidson family as they discover all of the spooky things that have happened to their home. Better yet, House of Leaves is chaotic — words run backwards and up and down along the page. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read it for yourself and discover the untraditional way in which Mark Danielewski wrote this book to increase the scare factor.

Before I Go to Sleep

by S.J. Watson

Before I Go to Sleep is more of a fast-paced thriller than a haunted horror book. In S.J. Watson’s debut book, you’ll get a glimpse into the life of an amnesiac. After a horrific and inexplicable accident, Christine can no longer remember anything from her past and she can’t make new memories. To remind herself of the previous day and to rediscover who she is, she starts a journal. The real suspense begins when Christine wakes up one morning to “don’t trust Ben” written in one of her journal entries. Don’t miss out as Christine tries to understand why she shouldn’t trust her husband.


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