I’ve never been a big proponent of Halloween mostly because I don’t really read “traditionally scary” books or watch scary movies. I am the Ultimate Chicken™️ after all. I was a bit stumped on what to focus on for this week’s Halloween freebie but I wanted to keep it short and simple, so I’m sharing ten books that were a little spooky or creepy, but were just the right amount for those like me who don’t really handle scary things well. Some of these lean more towards thriller creepy but it definitely still counts, right?! While these might give you a spook, they’re more on the level of “just keep a night-light on” kind of scary, so if you are curious or would like to step out of your comfort zone, I’d definitely give these a go! 😂
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – a cold creeping sensation that trails you around and makes you constantly look behind to make sure you’re alone. it was a fab psychological thriller!
The Bone Houses – this might be the only exception coz this wasn’t half as scary as i thought it’d be. still creepy enough at times though!
Stalking Jack the Ripper – this was a “gruesomely shocking scary” at times. one picture especially had me SHOOK when i read it in the middle of the night. it was totally unexpected!
House of Salt and Sorrows – this was another unexpectedly scary AF book. i knew it would be creepy but seriously, i wasn’t expecting this level of scary. so scary… 😅 but survivable for sure!
The Butterfly Garden – sick and absolutely twisted! this one made me sit up and gasp in total shock when i read it at the airport years ago. people stayed away from me after that!
Final Girls – my first book by sager and it was a great introduction to his creepy twisty thrillers!
Rules for Vanishing – yo, for real, i can’t believe i read this. it was 1000% something i’d normally never touch with a ten foot pole but i was feeling wild last halloween 😂 it was proper scary, but i lived!
The Grace Year – i did not expect this to get so spooky but wah, it really did! a bit of a ghost-y moment but not so bad that i couldn’t sleep at night (lights on for sure though)!
The Ruins – i don’t know why i picked this up but this is for real horror. like, get those plants away from me kind of horror. it was horrifyingly good.
Verity – this had that creepy atmosphere where everything felt incredibly wrong. my first romance thriller and it helped me kiss goodbye the worst slump i’ve ever experienced! *chefs kiss*
Do you read a lot of scary books or are you an Ultimate Chicken™️ like me? Have you read any of these? Any favourite spooky stories that aren’t too scary for the scardies? 😂