Friday the 13th Recommended Reads

So- it’s Friday the 13th, during the spookiest month of the year, with the chills of fall setting in:  what are you to do? How about curling up under a nice soft blanket, in the comfort of your home, with the darkness setting in outside, with a good spooky book to keep you up all night.




In the spirit of this spooky occasion, here are our Top 10 Spooky Book recommendations, for tonight, and forever.


  1.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Vampire-lovers have been sucked in by Dracula for the past 120 years. This twisted tale is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat as you enter the world of Count Dracula.

  1.  Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

This fun, scary, and strange story features a strong female heroine & has something for everyone. Kids find “Coraline” adventurous, while adults appreciate the horror side. So grab a copy and “scare” it with your friends and family.

  1.   Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

In this cult-classic, Victor Frankenstein’s monster comes to life through science. This gothic novel touches on immortality, revenge, society, and fate vs. free-will.

  1.  Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes

This dark fantasy chronicles the story of two best friends who encounter a nightmarish travelling circus that passes through their town, led by the malevolent Mr. Dark.

  1.  Max Brooks’s World War Z

This apocalyptic horror novel follows the devastating effect of the zombie plague and the social, political, religious, and environmental changes that are ongoing in the world as it has come to be.

  1.  Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs

This creepy classic is a sequel to Harris’ Red Dragon and follows the epitome of the anti-hero – Hannibal Lecter. In this creepy tale, Lecter is sure to draw you in…just like with his victims…

  1.  Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters

Described by NPR as “flawlessly tense and scary”, this thriller is about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

3.Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves

This unconventional found manuscript story takes you on a journey that makes you question your sanity. This breakout novel is a tour de force that challenges literary standards.

  1.  David Wong’s John Dies at the End

This Comic-Horror story chronicles two friends, with a paranormal investigation agency. Their story meanders as they are inundated with a superhuman drug known as soy-sauce, taking them on a trip through time travel, the multiverse and beyond.

  1.  Stephen King’s The Stand

With so much King to choose from, we’ve settled on one of his highest rated works. This Post-Apocalyptic Horror/Fantasy follows the breakdown of society after a pandemic wipes out humanity. King masterfully weaves narratives, as humanity is on the brink of destruction.


We hope these book rec’s help launch you into October! Let us know in the comments what some of your favorite spooky books are. We hope these recommendations slither into your TBR list and make your skin crawl, happy reading!

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