Halloween is a little more than a week away and that means spooky season is winding to a close. (Not really for me though). Anyway, I’ve got some last minute spooky themed books for you to cram into your schedule.
Last Minute Spooky Reads Recommendations
Camp Red Moon by R.L. Stine
This collection of short stories brings a certain level of creepy that’s not actually Goosebumps nor Fearstreet, but something in between. There are some duds, and the cheesy, saw that ending a mile away-ness to it, but since it’s geared for ages 9-12, it can’t be too scary. That being said, my favorites are the shapeshifter one and the mysterious cabin 6 story. It’s an entertaining listen, with multiple narrators that do a good job at teen voices and personalities.
-Definitely recommend for those who grew up reading R.L. Stine.
Better Holmes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
This one actually surprised me. It started off slow, but as the characters and the haunted home with strange occurrences were introduced it became a more entertaining story. I loved the malicious ghosts, I loved the benevolent one, and I loved the camaraderie between Nina and her coworkers. Being a major fan of HGTV home makeovers, this story was totally geared for me. Made me want a conservatory with a misting system badly. The ending was suspenseful and wrapped up the plot perfectly. Amanda Ranconi did an amazing job narrating.
-Recommended for those who love paranormal romance
The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman
It was shocking to find out how poisoning someone was rampant in the past. Italians were known for it, and it happened a lot in royal circles. This was such an interesting series of anecdotes on several famous people and families. Kind of gross, but in the I can’t help it I need to know more way. Several shocking moments to be had from this, and it totally made me not want to time travel to the past anymore.
Okay, so it’s not spooky, but it is about murder and such, so I thought this would be a good addition to the list. It was fun listening to the narrator, Susie Berneis, because you could tell that she enjoyed doing this book just from her enthusiasm of the subject matter.
-Recommended for those who like medical history and royal biographies.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I actually received this book in the September OwlCrate Box, and was immediately drawn to it because a long time ago I saw the movie adaptation for it and loved it. (My tastes in movies as a teen vs. now, is quite different). Alas, with every book vs. movie debate, most likely the book wins. In my case, it’s a toss up. There are stark differences between what I knew going in and what I read. In essence though, this classic does great foreshadowing and instills the creepiness of the house from early on. The characters themselves seem quite flat, but Eleanor is still the meek, somewhat neurotic character that I just felt sad for.
It takes some time for the actual haunting to happen, but when it does? Creep factor times 10!
-Recommended for those who enjoy horror classics.
Have you read any of these? What are your go to spooky reads?