Five Scary Books to Read This Halloween

By Kathryn Stellato

Spooky season is upon us with witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls. This Halloween night curl up with a cup of cider, some discount candy and read some of these classic thrillers, scary stories and tales of monsters that could hide under your bed.

thecask25. Edgar Allen Poe, Cask of Amontillado

We can unanimously agree that Edgar Allen Poe was a messed up dude. He man straight up wrote a poem that was a giant metaphor for death and despair. So really, it is not that surprising when Poe wrote the Cask of Amontillado. Set in an unnamed Italian city, the narrator takes revenge on an enemy who insulted the narrator by burying the enemy alive in a wall. Poe goes into vivid detail about how the enemy is being buried alive. His descriptions will leave you claustrophobic and afraid of the dark for days.

guts24. Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

No, not the Beyonce song. Something ten times more terrifying. Palahniuk has always had a way with words, no doubt, but he hit a new level of horror with his 2005 book of short stories. This included the story “Guts” which had fans reeling in repulsion. The story features three boys and ends horribly for each of them. The story is so terrifying that in a reading done by Palahniuk, it is reported that people actually fainted. Palahniuk is never for the faint of heart, but for this story in particular you really got to hang on to your balls.   

it23. Stephen King, It

CLOWNS ARE SCARY AND I STILL DON’T KNOW WHY THIS AN ARGUMENT. Let alone when the clown is a ‘mystical’ being that terrorizes children. When ‘It’ begins stalking seven children and preying on their phobias, everything changes for the group. Told in two parts, as children and as adults, It is one of those novels that has you leaving the lights on and reevaluating your fears.


2. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Frankenstein, the original inspiration for centuries of monsters and creatures was written in 1818 by 21 year old Mary Shelley. However, the original text was just as horrifying. Shelley, described in detail the body parts that would make up the monster who would be featured in the nightmares of readers. With sawed off arms, grotesque legs and a severed head that would form the most infamous monster, Frankenstein became a household name.


  1. Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A classic. Face it, most of us read this book (and the following two books that came after) as kids. We all remember that ONE story that almost made us poop our pants. Have a reread this Halloween to see if you can still handle the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

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