Welcome to our fifth annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2017
Thanks for checking out the SIXTH (is it really!?) annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day.
Today, Angela from Angela’s Library is sharing her Halloween reading recommendations! Check out her recs below!
5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween
By Angela Cabezas from Angela’s Library
Hi, everyone! I’m so pleased to be participating in Fortnight of Fright for the third year running. I’m generally a big wuss when it comes to scary movies, but I love me some creepy books. Below is a list of my top five recommendations for Halloween reads.
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers: Zombie books usually gross me out, but Summers’ take on zombies is fascinatingly original. What truly makes this story terrifying isn’t the zombie apocalypse that’s taking place, but the mindset of the protagonist, a girl named Sloane who wants nothing more than to end her own life; Sloane’s broken mind is far more horrific than the events going on around her, although those are chilling as well. Another factor that makes this book so interesting is the Breakfast Club-from-hell vibe. Sloane and five other teens, all very different, are barricaded inside a high school together, and the desperation and tensions threaten to destroy them before the zombies do. (Read my review here.)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: My love for this novel knows no bounds, to the point where it’s hard for me to write coherently about it. Instead, I tend to simply gush and ramble about how it’s dark and sensuous and horrifying and thrilling all at once. The book starts with 17-year-old Tana waking up after a party to find she’s one of the sole survivors of a vampire massacre. Traumatized, Tana escapes with her newly infected ex-boyfriend and an ancient, possibly mad vampire whom she’s rescued from his bloodthirsty peers. Knowing the three of them aren’t safe to be around normal society, Tana checks them all into Coldtown, a vampire quarantine where people often go in…but rarely come out. Their adventures and dangers ensue from there.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender: Alender’s novel has all the trappings of a great spooky read: an abandoned insane asylum, eerie ghosts, and a malicious force that hungers for the spirits of girls. When young Delia inherits the Piven Institute, a defunct mental hospital, from her great-aunt, little does she know she’ll be doomed to stay there the rest of her life…and afterlife. (Read my review here.)
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy: Sirowy’s mystery/thriller tells the story of two little girls who go missing. One of the girls, Stella, eventually returns with no memory of what happened to her. The other girl is never seen again. The case grows cold until, years later, a body is found that bears an eerie resemblance to the missing girl. The incident inspires Stella to finally try to get to the bottom of what happened all those years ago…and the answer will shock and horrify you. In fact, it’s what makes the book so impressive; I nearly gave up on this novel several times, but the ending was so epic that it turned around my entire reading experience. (Read my review here.)
Project CAIN by Geoffrey Girard: Do you ever wonder what it would be like to discover you’re a clone? And not just any clone, but the clone of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer? This is the premise of Project CAIN, a marvelous but chilling read. The whole time I was reading, I kept waiting for Jeff to snap and give in to his dark biological tendencies. It’s a peculiar thing to be afraid of a narrator, but it worked perfectly in this case. (Read my review here.)
Thanks so much, Angela! I’ve only read a couple of these but have a few more on my TBR! Thanks so much for your post today!
6 thoughts on “Fortnight of Fright 2017 | 5 Creepy Books to Read for Halloween (Angela’s Library)”
Project Cain sounds really terrifying in particular! I haven’t read any of these books but the covers are creepy and they sound like perfect Halloween choices. Great post Angela!
Thanks, Morgan! Project CAIN definitely gave me goosebumps. It’s so different from any other book I’ve read and is a great mix of fascinating and shiver-inducing.
Wow! I love creepy books but you somehow managed to include five that I haven’t read! I have been hearing some good things about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and This Is Not A Test so I really might pick those up. Also, great graphic!!
Aw, thank you for the compliment on the graphic! I was actually really pleased with how it turned out! 🙂
And yes, definitely try This Is Not A Test and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! Not sure if you’re an audiobook fan, but if you are the audio version of The Coldest Girl… is out of this world. I just finished listening to it last week and loved it even more than the print version of the book.
I haven’t read any of those books, but damn those covers are creepy – and gorgeous!
Aren’t those covers the best?! I confess that’s what drew me to all of them in the first place, haha.