Carly Ringer's Spooky, (mostly) No-Nightmare Halloween Reads

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By Pioneer Book

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

$8.99 $8.27

Gaiman’s ghostly take on the Jungle Book is solid fun, and his villain delivers on the chills every time.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

John Bellairs and Edward Gorey

$7.99 $7.35

My favorite of the series, it makes a bit of magic seem like a lot of fun.

The Halloween Tree

Ray D. Bradbury and Joseph Mugnaini

$5.99 $5.51

Part history lesson, part Halloween haunt, this is a quick read that will drop you right into the season of jack-o-lanterns and haunted houses.


Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

$8.99 $8.27

Written for children, plenty scary for adults.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving

$3.99 $3.67

A classic tale.


William Shakespeare

$6.99 $6.43

Scene 1 has ghosts, and the rest of the story is all intrigue and murder. Macbeth, with its witches, ghost, and still more murder, is another great choice.

Dracula (Collins Classics)

Bram Stoker

$3.99 $3.67

Surprisingly fun for the 19th century, a highly recommended classic.

Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales & Poems

Edgar Allan Poe

$12.99 $11.95

Perfectly atmospheric. Gorgeous poetry, and the beginning of the murder mystery genre.

At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror

H. P. Lovecraft

$7.99 $7.35

Despite being, as Stephen King once said, “a galloping racist,” Lovecraft’s stories are chilling and atmospheric, with almost no dialogue.

Lovecraft Country

Matt Ruff

$16.99 $15.63

Engaging, spooky, and soon-to-be a show on HBO produced by Jordan Peele.

The Long Halloween

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

$29.99 $27.59

The name is a good start, but this story is also genuinely chilling at times, while remaining eminently Batman.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

$3.00 $2.76

A surprisingly short classic, sometimes packaged with the excellent story, The Bodysnatcher.

Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction

John Byrne, Mike Mignola, et al.

$24.99 $22.99

An excellent comic series, now finished by the original author and draftsman.

The Witches

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

$7.99 $7.35

A great time to get out the old favorites, Roald Dahl among them.

The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

$16.00 $14.72

A masterpiece of mounting psychological dread.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Shirley Jackson and Thomas Ott

$17.00 $15.64

Less well-known than Hill House, but another tale of the quietly strange spinning into the bizarre.

Practical Magic

Alice Hoffman

$17.00 $15.64

Sisters and good old New England magic make this a perfect Halloween choice.

Baltimore Omnibus Volume 1

Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola, et al.

$34.99 $32.19

I once had to make a rule not to read this after 10pm. Made up of a selection of stories, some are spookier than others, and each one is perfectly illustrated.