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Halloween is approaching, and it’s time to prepare. Decorations need to be put up, costumes need to be purchased, and plans need to be made.

To get in the spooky spirit, many go straight to their favorite streaming platform to watch a movie. But if you want to try something different, try reading a good scary book. Here are a few recommendations.

The Haunting of Hill House

If you love the Netflix series The Haunting Of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, you should definitely check out The Haunting of Hill House novel, although it slightly differs from the series. The book is available on Amazon.

If It Bleeds

Stephen King’s books are always a go-to for a good scare, and this one is no exception. If It Bleeds is a collection of four new novellas titled Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and If It Bleeds. 

The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel 

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have come together to deliver this scary but also sad and sometimes funny novel. It is book three of the Welcome to Night Vale series, and it is arguably the best one.

According to the Amazon description, “In the town of Night Vale, there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyone’s home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from…until now.”

Clown in a Cornfield

You can already tell this book will be scary, just based on the title. Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare is not only frightening, but it is also fun and entertaining in a retro-slasher type of way. It’s also a good option for older teenagers and young adults.

Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror

If you have a short attention span or just very little time, consider reading Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror. This new Lincoln Michel book has very concise but very horrifying and engaging stories perfect for the Halloween season. Read the short tales in one sitting or in between Zoom calls and virtual playdates.