10 Spine-Tingling Books to Terrify You

October: the spookiest month of the year has finally arrived. The days grow shorter; the shadows grow longer, and All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner. Thrills and chills are part of the excitement and anticipation of the month, so if you’re looking for a new book to read, check out a few of our scariest horrors, thrillers, and murder mysteries.

The Loney

The Loney by Andrew Hurley

The eerie, suspenseful debut novel—hailed as “an amazing piece of fiction” by Stephen King—that is taking the world by storm.

Winner, Best Book of the Year, British Book Industry Awards

Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

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So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

From the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, a haunting novel of suspense in which a single, unexpected phone call to a man living quietly in Paris launches a chain of menacing encounters and events, unlocking a dark secret he had erased from memory.

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The Seance

The Seance by John Harwood

A haunting tale of apparitions, a cursed manor house, and two generations of women determined to discover the truth, by the author of The Ghost Writer "Sell the Hall unseen; burn it to the ground and plow the earth with salt, if you will; but never live there . . ."

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The Woman in Blue

The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

In the next Ruth Galloway mystery, a vision of the Virgin Mary foreshadows a string of cold-blooded murders, revealing a dark current of religious fanaticism in an old medieval town.

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Hyde by Daniel Levine

"[A] knockout debut novel . . . As dark and twisted and alluring as the night-cloaked streets of nineteenth-century London, and this book is as much a fascinating psychological query as it is a gripping narrative."―Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

A New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Washington Post’s 5 Best Thrillers of the Year

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The Shapeshifters

The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut

Far off the grid in northern Sweden, a small network of people have been tasked with hiding the last remaining trolls from the public eye, and one young woman will do whatever it takes to bring the truth to light, in this literary thriller that is "intensely riveting and constantly surprising" (Karl-Ove Knausgard).

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Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls & Unsolved Mysteries

Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls & Unsolved Mysteries by Joseph A. Citro

Aimed at adults, teenagers, and tourists, this is the most comprehensive collection of tales, legends, folklore, ghost stories and strange-but-true facts ever assembled about Vermont and the surrounding areas of New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Quebec--one that can be used to find these haunted sites.

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The Dark Net

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

"Written in vivid, often lyrical prose, but with exhilarating comic-book energy, The Dark Net is a megawatt defibrillator to the reader’s heart. Quirky but very human characters confront an explosive emergence of the supernatural into our world, in this imaginative, spooky, swiftly paced tale threaded through with dark humor."—Dean Koontz

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The Hangman's Daughter

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Set in the mid-1600s in the Bavarian town of Schongau, a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, is asked to find out whether an ominous tattoo found on a dying boy means that witchcraft has come to town in this first book of The Hangman's Daughter series.

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The Dark Monk

The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch

Picking up where international bestseller The Hangman's Daughter left off, the highly anticipated sequel about a dark legacy of the Knights Templar.

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