Books that spook: Scary stories are our Halloween candy | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“The Grownup”

Gillian Flynn


There’s no denying how gifted Gillian Flynn is, especially when you read “The Grownup.” This short story manages to cram so much tension and suspense in a few chapters that you hope someone (Gillian, hopefully) expands this into a screenplay for another movie as creepy as “Gone Girl.”


“Disappearance at Devil’s Rock”

Paul Tremblay

disappearance devil rock

Paul Tremblay first caught our eye after Stephen King (rightly) raved about his novel, “A Head Full of Ghosts.” In “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock,” Tremblay blends together real and imagined horrors: a mother’s nightmare comes to life when her 14-year-old son disappears in a place purportedly cursed by demons.


“Every House  is Haunted”

Ian Rogers


This anthology features bite-sized stories that range from frightening to creepy. This is perfect for those looking for different kinds of scary reads in one book.



Stephen King



This oldie but goodie is more relevant than ever as the reboot of the Tim Curry cinematic creepfest returns to the big screen soon. That, and the fact that there have been reported scary clown sightings seen around the world.


“Burn for Burn”

Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian



This craftily written ghost story trilogy (“Burn for Burn,” “Fire with Fire” and “Ashes to Ashes”) blends teenage drama with a ghoulish twist. The trilogy is satisfying and something you won’t be able to put down, so park yourself on the couch with all your Halloween candy.


“The Dead Boyfriend”

R.L. Stine


It’s been years since we last read an R.L. Stine novel, but his “Fear Street” series dominated our nightmares, and in “The Dead Boyfriend,” Stine still shines in his chosen genre. The new “Fear Street” novel tells the story of Caitlin, a girl who falls madly in love for the first time, madly being the operative word.



Gretchen McNeil



Navigating through high school nowadays is scary on its own, but hearing voices that turn out to be demonic whispers? We’d probably take the mean girls instead, but only by a slight margin.


“Cradle and All”

James Patterson



This was one of prolific author James Patterson’s first stories and now this story has been repackaged as a young adult story. Still, whether for adults or for teens, the premise is just as interesting and creepy: two teenage virgins fall pregnant, with members of the Church determined to find out which one is lying and which one could be carrying the new Messiah.


“Stalking Jack the Ripper”

Kerri Maniscalco


This historical novel introduces us to a new badass female: Audrey Rose Wadsworth, born into nobility with a deep fascination for forensics. The well-bred lady defies society’s expectations in order to chase one of the world’s most prolific and mysterious serial murderers.


“The Fireman”

Joe Hill


Perhaps as an homage to his father’s “Firestarter,” Joe Hill creates a world where people are infected by a plague that causes the afflicted to spontaneously combust (would you rather be a flesh-eating zombie or a human fireball?). Hill creates a creepy and engaging post-apocalyptic world caught in a battle between the afflicted and those who want to see them gone.


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