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31 Spooky Books for Spooky Season

(Published in Print on 10/31/2023)

Here is a list of 31 fun spooky books to wrap up the spooky season! They range in genre so there is something for everyone! Here is a link to my Goodreads in case anyone is interested 🙂


  1. The Only One Left by Riley Sager – A caretaker reluctantly takes a job caring for a bedridden woman accused of a family massacre years before.
  2. Daphne by Josh Malerman – You can’t even think about her, or she’ll come and get you. Daphne haunts a high school girl’s basketball team.
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly – A classic, dark, and twisted tale.
  4. Coraline by Neil Gaimen – A classic! You can read the adult version or the young readers’ version, either will give you equally as spooky vibes as the movie!
  5. Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas – Vampires and star-crossed lovers fighting in this supernatural western novel.
  6. Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix – What happens to the Final Girls after the murder? Years and years later, several “final girls” are meeting after surviving a horrific murder.
  7. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix – Houses, people, and the past can all haunt you to death.

Young Adult Mysteries and Thrillers

  1. The Haunting by Natasha Preston – Penny’s ex-boyfriend’s father killed four teenagers and was arrested last year, and now, one year later bodies start dropping again. Is there a copycat afoot?
  2. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – This is the first book in a series that follows teenage FBI interns. As a lover of the TV show, “Criminal Minds”, this was a perfect book version of it.
  3.  How to Survive Your Murder by Danielle Valentine – Claire is the only witness in her sister’s murder trial. Now, she is given the opportunity to relive the day her sister died. But will she survive?
  4. The Legacies by Jessica Goodman – Rich people, blackmail, and a dead body. Secrets will be spilled and friendships will be destroyed and someone will die.
  5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – Pip is doing a podcast on a cold case for a final project for one of her classes, what will she uncover? This is the first book in a trilogy, with a TV series in the making!
  6. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – A series following true-crime fanatic, Stevie, as she attends a mysterious school with a killer who loves riddles.
  7. You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron – After a summer of playing a fake “final girl”, Charity uncovers some horror that unfolds at Camp Mirror Lake, and she and her girlfriend fight to survive.


  1. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston – Growing up in a funeral home is difficult, especially when you are grieving. Love can be found during the hardest times, in the strangest places.  
  2. The Ex-Hex by Rachel Hawkins – An adorable rom-com filled with curses, witches, spells, and pure chaos.
  3. My Roommate is a Vampire by Jenna Levine – The “and they were roommates” trope, but with vampires!
  4. Improbable Magic for Cynical Witches by Kate Scelsa – Gay witches in Salem, MA! Need I say more?

Spooky, but Not Scary Mysteries and Fiction

  1. Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline – Winnifred lives in an apartment with her father above a cemetery. Grieving the only mother figure she’s ever known, Winnifred finds solace in the graveyard, rethinking everything she knows about life, death, and love.
  2. The Ghost of Rose Hill by R. M. Romero – Written in prose, this coming-of-age story follows a girl who meets a teenage ghost in a forgotten Jewish ceremony. She encounters dark magic, love, and hope as she attempts to save him.
  3. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson – Some bored, misfit kids create a club to investigate the myths, urban legends, and local ghost stories over the course of the summer.
  4. The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until a detective Aiden Bishop finds and stops the killer. The catch? He wakes up in a different person’s body every time, recounting their day exactly.
  5. Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes – An instructional guide for people who don’t like their boss.
  6. The Witches at the End of the World by Chelsea Iversen – Sisterhood, magic, curses, fire, and grief all wrapped up in this 17th-century speculative fiction novel set in Norway.
  7. Bunny by Mona Awad – Did someone say obsessive female friendship? With loneliness, desire, and creepiness?

Nonfiction, Poetry, and Short Story Collections

  1. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace  – A poetry book about female power and independence.
  2. Final Cuts by Ellen Daltow – A short story collection with dark and weird tales that are all inspired by movies, television, and other media.
  3. 101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered by Sadie Hartmann – I feel like the title says it all, but it ranges from serial killers and slashers to vampires and other ghouls!

Graphic Novels

  1. Hooky by MĂ­riam Bonastre Tur – What happens when twins miss the bus to magic school, what will happen next? Lots of spells and hijinks galore!
  2. The Skull by Jon Klassen – A short, strange, and dark folktale following a young girl and a blossoming friendship with a skull.
  3. Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV – When children go missing, a woman accuses supernatural and terrifying monsters of the crimes.
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