7 Spooky-Scary Books to Read This Halloween Season

Ranging from American classics, to novels turned hit-TV shows

Kortney K.
ByKortney K.

Get ready. Your October is about to be fully booked for the rest of the month with our selection of spooky-themed reads perfect for the Halloween season. Influenster employees shared their recommendations along with some of my personal faves, because I just can't get enough chills and thrills at this time of year. Check them out: 

Looking for a wild, didn't-see-that coming ending? Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects is your next read. Julia H., Social Media Manager at Influenster, loves this pshycological thriller centering around a journalist who returns to her hometown after several years (already interesting) to try and solve a recent string of murders. From there, things get weird, with lots of dark and twisted aspects of the book that make it a great, chilling read for October. Prefer to watch instead of read? We won't judge, check out Sharp Objects on HBO.

If you want to get lost in a book - because who doesn't want to be distracted now? - The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher is for you. Lindsay S., Influenster Sr. Account Manager, read this in just two days. This story has so many twists and things aren’t always what they seem, but wait until you get to the ending...we bet you can't guess what happens!

We have an International recommendation coming your way, all the way from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius! Jordan C., Bazaarvoice's Manager of the Sampling Team wants you to read The Road by Cormac McCarthy: "To me it's the ultimate scary book, it creeps into your thoughts every so often when you see a world event unfolding. It isn’t about Zombies or Monsters, it is about how we could become the monsters. The crux of the book is about a father sacrificing everything for his son to survive. Even the way the book is written throws you off, illogical and disjointed grammar make you feel uneasy whilst reading the book which along with the narrative leave you reeling".

I love anything by British author Ruth Ware, she has a few bone-chilling books already out that have hit the New York Times bestseller lists, but In a Dark, Dark Wood tops the list for me. Think: a cozy, fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside that takes a sinister turn. 

Jess K., Retention Marketing Manager recommends Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and her recap is so good, I'm not even going to cut it short: "In addition to being one of the best mini series of all time — long live Queen Renata! —  this book was one of my favorite thrillers. The shifting narrative style allows you to get a multifaceted view of an entire community and a complicated view about a lot of the issues of being a parent of elementary school children. An issue I personally have with the way women are portrayed in this genre is that they're sometimes without agency, but this book deals with some extremely important issues about violence against women in a way that also examines the cultural roots of where that violence stems from and the long lasting effects it can have. This is a very serious blurb for a book that I would also describe as hysterically funny". If this books sounds familiar, it's because you've heard of the HBO show starring superstars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley.

Looking for a classic, American crime novel? Look no further than Truman Capote's, In Cold Blood. Caitlin U., our Sr. Content Strategist suggests this classic, which details the 1959 murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family in the small farming community in Kansas.

Satire perfectly blends with slasher in this short, darkly funny novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite. My Sister, the Serial Killer centers around a Nigerian woman whose younger sister (you guessed it) has a habit of killing. It's bold, addictive and at under 190 pages, makes it a quick read.

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What spooky books are you reading?! Drop some knowledge in the comments.

About the Author
Kortney K.
Kortney K.
Copywriting Strategist @ Influenster ∙ Cat mom ∙ Skincare addict