Halloween: books that made me keep the lights on

Today, in honor of Halloween I am showcasing some of my favorite scary reads. They may not be the typical Halloween read but they made me want to keep the lights on. Now that you know what scares me what books make you afraid of the dark?

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
August 30th 2011





When the cover was revealed for this novel I knew that I had to read it, because it just screamed "SCARY". I was not disappointed, in fact I was scared enough to make sure that I slept with the lights on. If you are a fan of the Supernatural TV show and it's premise you will surely enjoy being "spooked" by this read.


Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
August 30th 2011

This book totally grossed me out and kept me freaked out for a long while. It's descriptive zombie munching is best read on an empty stomach, but you despite the gory details you will not want to stop.
Zombies and the Apocalypse, what more scary can you ask for.





Rotters by Daniel Kraus
April 5th 2011

This book was truly disturbing and months after reading it I cannot forget it. Not only did I never want to be buried but the cast had the most memorable and twisted characters around. I dare you to not twist around in your chair as you read this book.





The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
October 1st 2008

This novel had one of the best opening lines ever "There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife." An instant chill will run down your spine. Truly memorable and wickedly sharp, this book will keep you entertained.







The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
November 9th 2010

This book is by far THE most disturbing that I have ever read. I had the most difficult time trying to keep reading and not get totally creeped out and stop. In the beginning I could differenciate between the the two worlds but then the lines began to blur and things only got more disturbing. Yet, despite the issues I had I could not stop reading and that is a testiment to Andrew Smith's unique talent at creating a world that you will not forget.

3 comments on "Halloween: books that made me keep the lights on"

Amber wrote: October 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Thanks so much for suggesting the great Halloween reads. Anna Dressed In Blood is definitely on my Halloween reads list too as well as the Bad Girls Don't Die series.


StephanieD wrote: October 31, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Yay for Rotters and The Graveyard Book!!! I have been eyeing The Marbury Lens for so long - that cover is so distinctive - but have yet to pick it up. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Wrighty wrote: October 31, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I haven't read all of these so I've just added some new books to my list. Thanks for the suggestions!


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