Best books for Halloween

A Listmania! list by 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
1.  The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
The list author says:
  "Classic and descriptive, a group of young boys go on a journey into the past to discover the roots of Halloween."
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Summer of Night
2.  Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
The list author says:
  "Perfect coming-of-age story, also terrifying and autumnal. (For adults, definitely, it has some awesome gruesome parts!)"
$14.06   Used & New from: $3.11
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

Woggle of Witches (Aladdin Books)
3.  Woggle of Witches (Aladdin Books) by Adrienne Adams
The list author says:
  "One of my FAVORITE picture books, witches partying in trees!"
$5.99   Used & New from: $2.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

In Silent Graves
4.  In Silent Graves by Gary A. Braunbeck
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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The Monstrumologist
5.  The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey
The list author says:
  "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."
$8.90   Used & New from: $2.14
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Halloween Happening
6.  A Halloween Happening by Adrienne Adams
The list author says:
  "Another favorite Halloween picture book from Adrienne Adams"
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The Book of the Dead (Secret Books of Paradys)
7.  The Book of the Dead (Secret Books of Paradys) by Tanith Lee
The list author says:
  "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."
$17.76   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt)
8.  The House With a Clock In Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt) by John Bellairs
The list author says:
  "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."
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

Speaks the Nightbird
9.  Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon
The list author says:
  "LOVE McCammon. Especially this historical series involving accusations of witchcraft, and lush descriptions of colonial life. Very atmospheric and suspenseful."
$14.20   Used & New from: $1.69
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

Threshold
10.  Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan
The list author says:
  "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!"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
11.  The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) by Shirley Jackson
The list author says:
  "A classic that deserves to be read. The best haunted house story ever written. Jackson is a master."
$9.63   Used & New from: $4.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (531 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Book of Shadows
12.  The Book of Shadows by James Reese
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Nightmare Factory
13.  The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti
The list author says:
  "Thomas Ligotti is a master at the short horror story. Perfect October reading, I put him right up there with Poe and Lovecraft."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Devil You Know (Felix Castor)
14.  The Devil You Know (Felix Castor) by Mike Carey
The list author says:
  "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."
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

The Summoning
15.  The Summoning by Bentley Little
The list author says:
  "My favorite Bentley Little horror novel, has a refreshingly unique twist on vampire lore."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Lost Souls
16.  Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Shadowland
17.  Shadowland by Peter Straub
The list author says:
  "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!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

A Winter Haunting (Seasons of Horror Book 2)
18.  A Winter Haunting (Seasons of Horror Book 2) by Dan Simmons
The list author says:
  "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."
$6.83
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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