With Halloween right around the corner (it's literally tomorrow), I just wanted to share some of my favourite "scary" or "creepy" books for you to read this Halloween!
1. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
This book tells the story of a girl named Mary Shelley (yeah, that's right, she's named after that writer) who is currently living her life in fear in post-WWI California. The Spanish Influenza has broken out and people are dying. She is currently waiting for Stephen, her childhood friend to come back from the war, and in the mean time is the poster-child for ghost photography. Although it may not sound/look intimidating, Cat Winters's moving and descriptive writing tells the bone chilling tale of séances, life in the trenches during the war, the scarring effects of shell-shock, and a gruesome murder. Along with her writing, photos of that time period are scattered throughout the book as well, giving it a much more haunting affect.
2. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
This is currently book number 2 of the Madman's Daughter Trilogy, and one of my current reads at the moment. It picks off a couple months after the events of the Madman's Daughter, and is a loose retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The main character, Juliet Moreau is forced to close off her memory of the horrific creatures her father created on his island, and pretend to be the perfect lady by day, while searching for a cure for her sickness at night. She is a stronger character in this book, and suddenly gets tangled in the mysterious murders of a man the city of London has nicknamed the Ripper. This story is very chilling, because the entire series is about humans reanimating dead animals and turning them into creatures. Juliet's father created them, and used her as well, and now it's up to her to save everyone-and herself.
3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This story wasn't the scariest read for me on the list, but it's the world that Ransom has created, combined with creepy photographs that make this the perfect Halloween read! The story revolves around Jonas, a boy with the ability to see things that most people can't. He can see monsters, and after his grandfather's death, goes in search for answers as to why he can do this. Jonas travels to the other side of the world where he is transported to another world, different than his own that's filled with terrifying creatures and enemies.
4. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and in my opinion, the darkest and scariest of them all. In this book, Karou travels to the land of monsters, and joins their fight against the evil angels after her lover, Akiva, reveals her betrayal. There is a lot of dark descriptions of war, death, reincarnation, and of course, the end of the world.
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This story is a bit of a tricky one- it's a tale that goes from present, future, past, and then back again, telling the story of 5 different characters, and how they are all tied with the Night Circus. The concept itself is pretty easy to understand: people who are part of the Circus befriend those that aren't and all their lives get tangled together, but the story is much more complex and darker than that. It tells the story of Marco and Celia, and how a deadly bargain holds the lives of the inhabitants of the Circus. It's a hard story to explain because there is a lot of backstory and complex character relationships, but it's one of those books that just pull you in, and stay with you.