Best Horror Books To Get You In The Mood For HALLOWEEN

I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Reid, Iain  

I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it  stays. It sticks. It lingers. It’s always there. Always. 

Jake once said, “Sometimes a thought is closer to truth, to  reality, than an action. You can say anything, you can do  anything, but you can’t fake a thought.” 

And here’s what I’m thinking: I don’t want to be here. 

In this “dark and compelling…unputdownable” (Booklist,  starred review) literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid  explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning  consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear,  and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the  Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m  Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense,  gripping, and atmospheric, this novel “packs a big  psychological punch with a twisty story line and an ending  that will leave readers breathless” (Library Journal, starred  review).

Battle Ground ( Dresden Files #17 ) – Butcher, Jim  

THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET SERIOUS FOR HARRY DRESDEN, CHICAGO’S  ONLY PROFESSIONAL WIZARD, in the next entry in the #1 New  York Times bestselling Dresden Files. 

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history  of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of  vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened  Denarius. The Outsiders. 

But this time it’s different. A being more powerful and  dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has  seen in a millennium is coming. And she’s bringing an army.  The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and  has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in  her way. 

Harry’s mission is simple but impossible: Save the city by  killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry’s life,  Chicago, and the mortal world forever. 

Mexican Gothic – Moreno-Garcia, Silvia 

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And  a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets.  . . 

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a  terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews)  set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. 

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin  begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican  countryside. She’s not sure what she will find–her cousin’s  husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. 

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous  debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are  more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But  she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she  is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both  menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient  patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even  of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams  with visions of blood and doom. 

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s  youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí,  but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past.  For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place.  The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire  kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she  unearths stories of violence and madness. 

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world  of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this  enigmatic house behind.

The Institute – King, Stephen  

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the  most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting  evil since It. “This is King at his best” (The St. Louis Post Dispatch). 

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in  suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s  parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes  less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in  a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no  window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which  are other kids with special talents–telekinesis and  telepathy–who got to this place the same way Luke did:  Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon.  They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to  Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check  in, but you don’t check out.” 

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs.  Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting  from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.  There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens  for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal.  As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more  and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has  ever escaped from the Institute.

Lovecraft Country – Ruff, Matt

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the  terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects  in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that  melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror  and fantasy. 

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New  England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George– publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide–and his childhood  friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr.  Braithwhite–heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s  ancestors–they encounter both mundane terrors of white  America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the  weird tales George devours. 

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held  prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient  Dawn–led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb–which has  gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on  Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his- -and the whole Turner clan’s–destruction. 

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that  stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black  families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic  portrait of racism–the terrifying specter that continues to  haunt us today.