October is probably my favorite month of the year. It’s the time of the month where it’s not too cold, but not that warm. It’s the ever-changing color of the leaves and the crispness of the air. But, it’s not just the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and wooly jumpers that make this season the best. It’s the eeriness that follows. The nights get darker, the streets get less busy and the anticipation for Halloween begins. Right now, I’m looking for creepy books for October that set the scene for this month but are still worth curling up with on the couch.
1. IT by Stephen King
IT by Stephen King available here
I think anything by Stephen King is relevant, he is the king of creepy! And I’ve read almost everything he has written. So choosing one that is the scariest is quite hard to do! Especially when he’s written books like The Shining and Misery! But, I’ll recommend you to read IT, if you haven’t already. I’m personally staying away from the movie and sticking to the real terror. Because isn’t it Stephen King’s fault we’re all scared of clowns anyway? The book follows seven teenagers who accidentally stumble across horror, years later they still can’t escape the nightmare. Buy it here.
2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis available here
Of course, this one has to make the list, because it may not terrify you but if there’s one thing this book is, it’s creepy. You get to delve into the mind of a psychopath and with the way it’s written it feels like you are him. You experience his darkest thoughts and experience every murder and Ellis doesn’t skip any gory detail! There’s a reason it’s one of the most talked about and controversial books of all time – trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Buy it here.
3. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian by Han Kang available here
First of all, this book is a little bit of a weird one, it’s not your conventional story, but somehow it works. It follows an ordinary couple who are living in South Korea, Yeong-hye, the wife is pestered by terrifying nightmares that force her to become a vegetarian. And in South Korea, where vegetarianism isn’t really a societal norm, Yeong-hye’s decision isn’t taken lightly. Her family turns against her and it gets creepier and weirder from there on out. When I read the plot synopsis I wasn’t sold but honestly, this book sold so well and Han Kang’s writing is incredible. Buy it here.
4. Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner available here
This isn’t your typical ghost story. Women are going missing, but with no clues or bodies, it is hard for the detectives to know where to begin. But they have a lead, a witness who will only speak to one woman, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy. The book is creepy because it brings fiction together with reality – the thought that it could happen to you is enough to creep you out! And it is literally one of the most suspenseful novels I have ever read! Buy it here.
5. Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E Thomas
Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E Thomas available here
This book is quite out of the ordinary. Thomas is a sociopath. But a non-criminal one. And in this book, she delves into her characteristics, describing how when talking to her, you may not realize that she is picking out your flaws and manipulating you. She is a successful woman, who is charismatic, but who has no empathy and never feels guilt or regret. In this book, she is completely honest about her life, exposing that one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths. But is that a bad thing? Buy it here.
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