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Best books for Halloween

Tommy Kovac
The list author says: "Some of my favorite horror novels/authors for adults, plus my favorite children's Halloween stories"
The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree
"Classic and descriptive, a group of young boys go on a journey into the past to discover the roots of Halloween."
Summer of Night
Summer of Night
"Perfect coming-of-age story, also terrifying and autumnal. (For adults, definitely, it has some awesome gruesome parts!)"
Woggle of Witches (Aladdin Books)
Woggle of Witches (Aladdin Books)
"One of my FAVORITE picture books, witches partying in trees!"
In Silent Graves
In Silent Graves
"Totally for grownups, this superbly written and utterly disturbing horror novel seriously freaked me out. Nobody writes like Braunbeck and I'm a loyal follower now."
The Monstrumologist
The Monstrumologist
"My new favorite horror series. Not sure why it's marketed for young adults, it's really harsh and grim. Also full of beautiful writing and very complex relationships."
A Halloween Happening
A Halloween Happening
"Another favorite Halloween picture book from Adrienne Adams"
The Book of the Dead (Secret Books of Paradys)
The Book of the Dead (Secret Books of Paradys)
"Tanith Lee is amazing, and the Secret Books of Paradys are my favorite type of gothic self-indulgence. Set in a world of crypts and dark magics, and lacking a clear moral compass. I love it."
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt)
"I always recommend this book (anything by Bellairs, really) to teens who like scary stuff. It's definitely for kids, but it's SO much fun, and highly recommended if you like Edward Gorey."
Speaks the Nightbird
Speaks the Nightbird
"LOVE McCammon. Especially this historical series involving accusations of witchcraft, and lush descriptions of colonial life. Very atmospheric and suspenseful."
Threshold (Deep Time)
Threshold (Deep Time)
"I love me some Kiernan. I'll read anything by her. Although she's obviously influenced (in a good way) by Lovecraft, she is unique and almost experimental sometimes. Always really creepy, too!"
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
"A classic that deserves to be read. The best haunted house story ever written. Jackson is a master."
The Book of Shadows
The Book of Shadows
"I love Reese's books about the French witch Herculine, set in the 1800s. This is truly gothic writing, the only writer I feel really compares to Anne Rice. Another world you can get lost in, due to Herculine's riveting narration. Oh- and Herculine is biologically... different."
The Nightmare Factory
The Nightmare Factory
"Thomas Ligotti is a master at the short horror story. Perfect October reading, I put him right up there with Poe and Lovecraft."
The Devil You Know (Felix Castor)
The Devil You Know (Felix Castor)
"Freelance English exorcist. What more could you want? Seriously, I love the Felix Castor books, they're dark and brooding, yet also have a wicked sense of humor lurking. Not as goofy as the Dresden Files."
The Summoning
The Summoning
"My favorite Bentley Little horror novel, has a refreshingly unique twist on vampire lore."
Lost Souls
Lost Souls
"This delightfully gothy, lush, and gritty vampire novel is still fun to read. Part of Dell's Abyss line of cutting-edge horror that began in the '90s and ended way too soon."
Shadowland
Shadowland
"A classic horror novel in the Bradbury vein. Surreal and chilling, something you can totally get lost in. Straub is consistently great. And psychologically intense!"
A Winter Haunting (Seasons of Horror Book 2)
A Winter Haunting (Seasons of Horror Book 2)
"This is the second Dan Simmons book I'm putting on this list, but this book is just so eerie and great! Perfect seasonal spooky reading."