9 Chilling Reads to Keep You Up All Night

Ah! Do you smell the pumpkin-scented everything in the air?

Do you feel the beginning touches of the chilly breezes through your hair?

Why yes folks, fall is here!

That means it’s about time to spruce up your wardrobe with some new sweaters, stock your pantry with colorful squash, and fill out your bookshelf with some new and classic chilling reads to keep you company (and wide awake) through the lengthening fall nights.

It really is the best time of year, isn’t it?

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Brother

Brother

Ania Ahlborn

Ah, the South—where the tea is sweet, the water is warm, and the murder is well-hidden from prying eyes! Get lost in this terrifying story set deep in Appalachia about a teenager determined to break from his family's unconventional and deeply disturbing traditions.

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The Troop

The Troop

Nick Cutter

Take a camping trip, an isolated locale, and a mysterious man infected with a horrifying bioengineered plague, and you get a horror novel so compelling that it even scared Stephen King. How can you resist?

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Cujo

Cujo

Stephen King

Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind. A monster, infinitely sinister, waits in the daylight... Cujo will forever change how you view man’s best friend.

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls

J. Lincoln Fenn

A deal with the devil = one hell of a ride. "Whether you call it grisly horror or macabre fiction, this book is one of the scariest and best to come down the pike in ages. The characters are difficult but compelling, and the writing is seamless. The narrative twists and turns are reminiscent of Dean Koontz or Stephen King at their finest. This story is horribly, horrifyingly awesome." —Publishers Weekly

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Iain Reid

You will be scared. But you won’t know why…I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always.

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Seize the Night

Seize the Night

Christopher Golden

A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO's hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.

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Suffer the Children

Suffer the Children

Craig DiLouie

It begins on an ordinary day: children around the world are dying. They hunger for blood…and they can’t get enough upon which to feast. Without it, they die again. How far would you go to keep someone you love alive?

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A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts

Paul Tremblay

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

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Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box

Joe Hill

A ghost purchased from the internet? Actually the scariest thing ever. Neil Gaiman called it “Relentless, gripping, powerful.” Get inside Joe Hill’s beautifully textured, deliciously scary debut novel.

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4 comments so far


  1. I’ve heard Heart-Shaped Box is super creepy. Maybe I’ll read it soon. I’ll probably be sleeping with the lights on.

  2. missbonnie13

    Heart Shaped Box is my all-time favorite horror read. Love seeing it on this list! Very much looking forward to getting my hands on Dead Souls.

  3. Definitely Colin Firth! You can’t beat Mark Darcy. You just can’t.

  4. Oops, wrong post. Yeah, can’t wait for Halloween.

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