October is the month of Halloween and horror. That means you should be reading a few horror novels to celebrate this month. Which is why we have made a list of horror books to read this Halloween!
With a rich selection of books, readers have a lot of options. That is why this list includes classics as well as newer novels. That way, you can experience horror novels decades apart.
These novels will help you get into the festive spirit of Halloween. And this list should last you the whole month, unless you end up binge-reading these books. You can see the full list below!
Horror Books to Read This Halloween!
- Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A classic horror novel that everyone who loves horror is Frankenstein. It is a thought-provoking book and is considered the first sci-fi novel ever written. The horror genre has grown a lot since this novel was published in 1818. To understand how we arrived here, you have to read works that helped shape the genre.
Just like Frankenstein, Dracula is another novel that has shaped the horror genre. Vampire novels and movies are everywhere and Stoker’s novel is the reason why. There are countless takes on vampires but Stoker’s is still the one people turn to this day. It is fun novel that introduced a vampire to millions of readers for the first time.
Unlike the previous two books mentioned, Mexican Gothic is not a novel many people are familiar with. But if you like horror novels, then Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel is for you. The writing, characters, the setting, and the plot are fresh and make it impossible to put the novel down. I have become a fan of Moreno-Garcia and can’t wait to see what else she writes!
That ends up list of horror books to read this Halloween! Many of these novels have been around for a long time. If you love horror books, then you may have read some or most of these. Which other horror novels do you want to see on our upcoming list? Let us know in the comments below!