Just a few days before Halloween arrives, Enfield Independent has compiled a list of most spooky and spine-chilling books for you to read this Halloween. Here is the list for you to enjoy to “keep you warm” on Halloween.
- Thin Air by Michelle Paver
In 1935, five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling with one goal in mind: to climb Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak on earth. But they are plagued by memories of a similar, failed expedition, and haunted by what walks in the dark at the peak’s sacred summit.
A chilling, gripping ghost story that will keep you reading long past your bedtime, beware of reading this book when alone in the house.
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Solicitor Arthur Kipps travels to the small village of Crythin Gifford in order to deal with the affairs left behind by his deceased client, Alice Drablow. When he arrives at her isolated house, he discovers a story of terrible tragedy – and soon realises that he is not alone.
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Four people arrive at Hill House to take part in an experiment conducted by occult scholar Dr Montague in order to find solid proof of psychic phenomena. What could go wrong?
An oldie but a goodie, this book plays on the question of whether the supernatural events taking place in the house are because of ghosts, or because of the characters’ active imaginations. You decide, at your own peril…
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Malorie lives with her two young children. For the past four years, whenever she ventures outside she must do so blindfolded. If she catches a glimpse of what’s out there, it will mean disaster for both her and her children.
Not a ghost story but still a truly frightening book to enjoy this Halloween. We never find out what lurks behind the blacked-out windows, and that only makes the book more terrifying. Use your imagination to fill in the gaps.
- The Witches by Stacey Schiff
In Salem, 1692, witchcraft hysteria spread with such fierce intensity that, within a year, 19 people were hanged for the crime of being a witch.
If non-fiction is more your style, this is a great book to settle down as we approach October 31. Schiff examines the causes and consequences of this infamous example of mass hysteria with impeccable attention to detail. Perhaps you’ll learn that truth is scarier than fiction.
- Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekback
Two young sisters find a dead man near to their home on isolated Blackåsen Mountain. They say he was killed by a wolf, but what wolf makes wounds so cleanly?
This novel is bursting with atmosphere, with the Nordic setting adding another layer to this chilling, suspenseful tale. You’ll find yourself feeling cold even if the sun is shining outside.
- The Watchers by Neil Spring
Robert Wildling is forced to return to his hometown, nicknamed The Broad Haven Triangle, to investigate strange sightings by the locals. In so doing, he must confront the secrets of his own past.