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13 SCARY BOOKS FOR ADULTS


A good horror novel is a joy any time of year but the closer it gets to Halloween, the more we seem drawn to all things scary! If they have a theme based around Halloween, all the better! There are quite a few out there, too. It seems that Halloween can be inspirational to some horror fiction writers, adding that extra element of spookiness to a story.

Here's a list of our thirteen top Halloween themed books. Some are anthologies, some are novels, some are history, all will put you in the mood for Halloween. A few aren't completely Halloween based, such as ghost stories, but are so enjoyable and scary that they just work!

If you want some web-based fiction, be sure to visit www.HalloweenGhostStories.com for a collection of some great ghost stories! Some are original works, some old standards like Poe. You'll also find Urban Legends, poems and other goodies there. Most of the original stories are more adult oriented so, keep the kids away!

October Dreams - A Celebration of Halloween - 2002
This collaboration of stories, memories and tales by horror authors is a treat! Stuffed with Halloween-themed fiction and nonfiction, some contributors are Dean Koontz, Douglas Clegg, Poppy Z. Brite, Ramsey Campbell and Peter Straub, to name but a few. Brought to you by the editor of Cemetery Dance, the horror literary magazine, this book will fill your dark and stormy nights with glee!

Frightful October - Tales of Halloween Horror
by Paul Melniczek - 2002

This indie published book of eleven short stories centered around Halloween is enough to not only put you in the mood but bring back memories of some scary Halloweens that you may have had in the past. The author may be not as well known as some but that is often where you find the gems. Give it a read and see for yourself.

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge - 2007
This is an interesting tale of a small town with a dark secret. In an historic town ritual, teen-aged boys look forward to Halloween each year when they must band together to hunt and kill the Halloween Boy in order to get a ticket out of town. I found this to be an entertaining novel,  a bit predictable but none the less enjoyable. It would make a great movie!

Halloweenland by Al Sarrantonio - 2007
The tale of a disgraced ex-cop, Bill Grant, in Orangefield, NY, the Halloween capital of America. He's tracking "Samhain", the death Lord of Halloween. This is the latest in a series of books about Orangefield, NY, with the first being published in 2001, "Orangefield" which is out of print. All are entertaining, some more than others but if you like series books, this is a fair one to read for Halloween. No gore but mild adult language makes this suitable for adults and teens.

Murder For Halloween: Tales of Suspense - 2007
Curl up with this collection from veteran anthologist Michele Slung and a pseudonymous fellow mystery editor. Ed McBain writes about a grieving widower who falls prey to thieving teenagers wearing Frankenstein masks. Cartoonist Gahan Wilson tells a tale about that old standby, the neighborhood kids and the local "haunted" house. The best of the bunch is a novella by Peter Straub.

Halloween: Nightdance - 2012
by Stephan Hutchinson and Tim Seeley

This new mini-series will be  released in July of 2008 and is a continuation of John Carpenter's Halloween story in new fiction. Michael Myers returns! On October 31st, evil descends on the small town of Russellville, Illinois. A young girl named Lisa discovers that a secret from her past has come back to haunt her, and he's leaving a trail of bodies in his wake!

The Halloween Man by Douglas Klegg - 1998
The plot of this novel is so complex and multifaceted, it's not easy to summarize, but it boils down to two narratives about two points in time about the same young man, Stoney Crawford. Thanks to Clegg's skillful interlacing of the two narratives, when the life of 15-year-old Stony climaxes, so does that of 27-year-old Stony. The crux of both stories is a powerful being of "divine evil" and "Azriel Light"--perhaps a demon or simply a creature like any other.

Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers
by Roger Weingarten - 2001

A collection of  21 ghost stories, most of which are original to this book. You'll find stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Robert Coover, Louise Erdrich, Nicola Griffith, Peter Straub, and John Updike. The settings seem to run often to New England and the theme stretches to include not only the traditional ghosts and haunted houses but much more.

A Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, And Plays From Halloweens Past by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
This author has provided Halloween folklore enthusiasts, Halloween lovers, teachers, parents and children, and avid readers a wonderful treat with this book, a compilation of very old poems, short stories, and play fragments about Halloween, including all it's collective names. Being a folklorist herself, she seems to write about what she enjoys and creates an entertaining book.

The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year by Jean Markale
Though the name comes from the Christianized "All Saints' Eve", Halloween can be traced back thousands of years to Samhain--the beginning of the "dark half" of the Celtic yearly calendar. As a feasting and merrymaking festival, Samhain lasted about three days, and attendance was mandatory. This book is full of interesting history!

Halloween: An American History, An American Holiday
by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne

Halloween has evolved from the Celtic celebrations of 2,000 years ago to become the fastest-growing holiday in the country today. This book covers All Hallow’s Eve, from its beginnings to the present, examines the ancient origins as well as its traditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples.

Witch's Halloween: A Complete Guide to the Magick, Incantations, Recipes, Spells, and Lore by Gerina Dunwich
You may think that Halloween is only about ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. However, there is much more behind this spooky holiday for Pagans the world over. Halloween is a night for honoring ancestors, celebrating the harvest, and ringing in the New Year. Bestselling author and Wiccan high priestess Gerina Dunwich dispels the myths of this holiest of Pagan holidays.

Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear Postcard Book by Diane C. Arkins
An inexpensive look at Vintage Halloween postcards used through the Victorian Era. It's a wonderful way to spend some quality time browsing by yourself or with your children. It's a charming look at days gone by.

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