The Spooky Books We're Loving This Fall
Spooky season may be coming to a close, but that does not mean we are putting down our atmospheric, autumnal reads just yet. These books have been highly praised by our SwearBy community, and with good reason: they raised our pulses, put us in the Halloween mood, and kept us guessing the whole way through. If you're looking for a compelling reading experience filled with mystery and intrigue, we've got you covered. Read on for our full list of spooky reads you should absolutely add to your must-read list.
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
“A classic for a reason. This story of a woman who marries a mysterious widower captures the anxiety of living in another’s shadow—but it’s not just self-doubt that the protagonist must battle. There’s a foreboding Mrs. Danvers lurking in the Manderley mansion. Even though this novel is nearly a century old, it contains twists and bombshells that feel modern as ever.” – Katie Macdonald
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
“As a big Stephen King fan I’ve read most of his novels, but this one always sits with me. Unlike some of his other books, that I could not read at night (ahem “It”), this book had me so hooked I couldn’t help but devour it under the covers with my phone flashlight. It’s eerie, original, and will keep you guessing right up until the end.” – Stephanie Perry
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“This book was so gripping it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time. It’s the story of a father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. They come across many chilling and disturbing scenes as they try to achieve their goal of reaching the coast. It’s nerve-racking, not knowing what they will encounter along the way and if, they even make it there, what they will find.” – Rebecca Carhart
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth
“This was such a fun, spooky read. It has the very best witchy, magical, sapphic vibes, all wrapped up in a horror story set on a creepy abandoned all girls school. Its a chunky book (600+ pages) but PLEASE don’t let that put you off—it’s such an immersive and complex story that I found myself constantly thinking about (I finished it three weeks ago and am still constantly thinking about it, which I always think is a good indication of a really good book).
It’s also not jump-scare scary or afraid-to-go-to-bed scary — rather, its incredibly atmospheric, and just the thing to get you into the spooky spirit. It also kind of reminded me of The Secret History by Donna Tartt because of the dark academia setting, so if you loved that one, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.” — Madeleine Letellier
The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn
“This book is a wild ride that left me audibly gasping at every twist and turn. It’s the story of an agoraphobic woman who thinks she witnesses a crime from her window, while some would have her believe it was all in her head. It will have you guessing until the very end.” – Christie Calucchia
Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage
“This book was unsettling and gripping — and I could genuinely not put it down. I love a good psychological thriller and the back and forth between the two characters puts you inside the minds of a mother and her sweet little girl who.. wants to kill her mother. So yeah, it’s as creepy as it sounds.” – Jayla Andrulonis
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
“If you love thrillers, this is a MUST read!! The story keeps you interested, makes it tough to put down. The ending is truly a shocker & definitely unexpected. The fabulous debut novel from a promising author! You’ll love it, I swear by it 😉” – Vanessa Duran
Birdbox by Josh Malerman
“Look, (or I guess don’t since this is Birdbox) before Birdbox was a meme-d to death Netflix movie it was one of the most gripping horror novels I’d read. Seriously, I devoured this book in three sittings. I refuse to watch the movie because I loved this book so much, so I can’t compare the two. But I do recommend this book to every horror fan I meet!” – Megan Lamoreaux
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