5 books to read during this Halloween! Let the scream fest begin!

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October is simply the season for so many changes! We get the pumpkin spice latte back! In addition, we get to scare the wits out of ourselves with horror movies and terrifying stories! When we think about horror in books, we think about Stephen King and also about The Children of the Night, but we want something else! We want to add variety to your listening, so we will try to give you some other books that can keep you awake for days! 

Are you ready? Don’t close your eyes and don’t suppress your screams because we LOVE those.

5 books to read for Halloween!

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Noemí is glamorous and chic, and she is more suited for cocktail parties than for rescue missions. Her father, an ancient patriarch, is obsessed with her, but she is not afraid of him nor of her cousin’s new husband. However, why should she be afraid? Well, Noemí got a letter from her recently wed cousin where she begs for help and salvation as a mysterious doom is lurking around the possibly haunted mansion they live in. Noemí is determined to help her cousin, but the house and the mesmerizing power of the area might make it impossible for Noemí to succeed. 

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Native American author Stephen Graham Jones uses powerful myths of his ancestors and society insights to tell the story of four friends who escaped their home after committing a crime against nature. They managed to get away for a while. However, for them, to stop running was not an option because their past, pushed by a dark entity looking for revenge, could catch up.

The Sun Down Motel by By: Simone St. James

One of the most iconic horror movies ever directed in history happens around a motel… and, yes, I am talking about Psycho and “Bates Motel”. Since then, motels have had a bloody connotation and an unsafety feeling, and author Simon St. James uses the powers of human perception and urban legends to write a horrifying story. Carly Kirk was never able to forget her aunt Viv Delany’s mysterious disappearance from The Sun Down Motel, but she knows that she has to go back to find answers, but what she finds is that nothing has changed in the motel since 1984, and the same entity that took Viv is lurking to take Carly too.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

Tom moves to a new town with his son Jake after his wife died. Tom wants to start fresh and forget that his lovely wife is no longer there. However, the peace that Tom desperately needs is shattered with a horrifying strength when, after 20 years, a kid disappear again. The town has a dark past but it seems that it is more of a dark present. “The Whisper Man” was a serial killer that was jailed 20 years ago, but the crimes are happening again, and the town needs answers.

Lovecraft County by Matt Ruff

Now an HBO Max adaptation, Lovecraft County is an accurate and saddening portrayal of racism mixed with magic, power, hope, and freedom. Back in 1954, Montrose goes missing, and Atticus Turners is set on finding him; however, he is not doing this alone because his uncle George and Letitia are with him. Although they knew that this trip to find Montrose wasn’t going to be easy, they never suspected that they would encounter a secret cabal and the mundane terrors of malevolent spirits.

This is simply the moment to start any or all of these books! As a tip, try to listen to these at night and with the lights off… get in the mood, and let the horrible nightmares come to you while still awake!

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  1. nikkiswiftreads Avatar

    I loved Mexican Gothic! I keep hearing about The Only Good Indians. It sounds so spooky!

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      It does!! I am trying to listen to it for this month! But I am not sure if I would be able to 😮 so good to hear that Mexican Gothic is good 👀👀👀


  2. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. Avatar

    Such an AMAZING post!! 👏🏻✨ I adored Mexican Gothic, it’s super weird but so original 😅 & I’m dying to read The Only Good Indians 😍

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    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      So I have heard! I have a few audible credits so I might push it for those haha so happy that I picked great books!

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  3. Rima Avatar

    Hey Satou!
    Thanks for helping me pick two of my Halloween reads. Loved that your list was short and had the best picks, long lists make me fumble for decisions.
    Best, R


    1. Satou Johns Avatar

      Hey Rima! Great to hear that!!! I am happy that I helped out!!!


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