So it’s the 1st of October and we all know what that means… it’s the best time of the year! Over the next three months we have Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, so we can sit back and indulge in everything Autumnal and festive. To celebrate the spookiest time of the year, throughout October I’ll be reading freaky themed books and reviewing them here on amyjanealice. I’m so excited to read through the books I’ve got planned (hoping that I actually do stick to the plan) and it’s the first time I’ve done something like this so I can’t wait to get started. Keep reading to find out what frightfully fantastic books I’ll be reading this month, and I promise I’ll stop with the bad puns!
The first of my Halloween Reads is Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester. While not strictly a horror story, the book does feature a Halloween party and is eerily realistic so it’s definitely appropriate! Wunderkids is a thrilling story full of twists and turns, set in a boarding school where everything is not as it seems…
It wouldn’t be a horror month without some serious horror stories now would it? From haunted airport lounges, to a small town doctor who stumbles upon a horrific incident to a violent situation with a dollhouse, New Fears is an anthology of fearsome tales that’ll be sure to make you sleep with the light on.
A YA high school slasher story where the students of Osborne High are being murdered one by one, There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is a book that I have been anticipating for a long time and the perfect read for Halloween!
My next book for Halloween Reads is one that I’m super excited about: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC at YALC, and although it isn’t released until January next year, I just had to include it. Reading the words “pitch-dark fairy tales”, “cruel supernatural world” and “stay away from the Haze Wood” has given me high hopes for this tale, and I can’t wait to read it.
I’ve had Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell sat on my bookcase for a while now and I can’t believe I haven’t read it already! Set in an old school for girls converted into a family home, Sophie comes to stay for the summer to spend time with her cousins. Except one of them shouldn’t be there, because she’s dead.
The last book in my Spooktober Halloween Reads is another that I’ve been meaning to get round to: The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich. The blurb doesn’t give much away but still manages to leave me feeling a little on edge, so I can’t imagine how I’ll feel after reading the book itself.
So that’s it, the roundup for my Spooktober Halloween Reads. I don’t often read a lot of horror stories, so I’m excited to really dig into them this month. I’ll be starting off with Wunderkids tomorrow, so make sure to keep an eye out for my review and I hope you’ll stick around for my month of spooky book content! What are your favourite scary stories?