I’m not a big horror fan. I don’t read a lot of scary or creepy books and I don’t really spend my time excited for Halloween. I like dressing up, but that’s about all I care about to be completely honest. But over the many, many years of my extensive reading I have managed to come across some exceptionally creepy or scary books. This list, while it’s not quite all of them is just about most of them.
10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I enjoyed this book, truly, and the only reason it’s at the bottom of my list is because it wasn’t especially creepy for me. I’ll admit, the photos definitely give you the shivers, but overall the story was actually a kind of cute one up until the villain arrives. And even then, it’s not really that bad. I never went on to read the sequels though, more because I had other books that I wanted to read more than anything else. This wasn’t a bad book, it was just never my favorite.
9. Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A. W. Jantha
Again, this book isn’t what I’d call particularly scary or creepy. It’s based off a wonderful Halloween movie of the same nature. But it does fit the category of what I would call an important tradition for the month of October as I watch the movie every year. And, naturally, the book can sort of fall into that category as well as a result. Also, just look at that cover!
8. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
It’s been some time since I read this one and, truth be told, I unfortunately don’t remember a whole lot about it. It’s on my to-reread list for the next year, especially as Zafon just came out with another book in the series that I am desperate to read. I just haven’t gotten around to it. The book itself, though, is truly wonderful and fascinating and definitely worth reading if you come across a copy.
7. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
Zombies are not my thing, but I really enjoyed this series by Carrie Ryan. She had some unforgettable characters that went through utterly devastating events. And it was just a really fun read that I’m truly happy to have found. Of course, there are the zombies and the creepiness as well, which isn’t exactly my forte but I was able to appreciate in this particular novel.
6. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
This book really gets to me. I come back to it all the time to remember how absolutely, mind-blowingly amazing it was. Now, it’s horrifying, to be sure. But there was just something incredibly impressive about the story, the way it was written, the characters, and the plot. I could rave about this one for days, really. And it’s also on my to-reread list because frankly it has been far too long since I read it last.
5. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
This is the second book in the Carrie Ryan series, ironically the creepiness level starts out really high and fizzles as you get toward the end which is why the first of the series is actually higher than the rest. I think it’s something to do with how you’re introduced to the story and just the simple fact that the first book is super extra creepy. It’s name is definitely the creepiest of all in my opinion and the story goes on to prove that it is as well. But this one definitely had its moments.
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
And finally, the very first book in Carrie Ryan’s zombie trilogy. This book had a lot of scary moments with a lot of tragedy. It breaks your heart and creeps you out all at the same time. And you can’t help feeling terrified for the characters quite often. I ironically read this book last, having not realized that the other two books were not the only in the series (the woes of not having found Goodreads just yet and being young enough to not bother to look in the book when I bought it from the store).
3. Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz
I love Horowtiz’s The Gatekeepers (The Power of Five) series. The first book is unquestionably quite creepy, but for those of you like me who aren’t in love with such things, it doesn’t stay that way entirely. It’s an extremely well written series that really gets you to think and I’ve been meaning to reread it for a long time now. These are frankly some of my most treasured books.
2. The Well by A. J. Whitten
How creepy I found this book probably contributed to how much I disliked it, honestly. I frankly wouldn’t have even bothered to read it if it hadn’t been given to me. My mom, though she does have good intentions, never really seems to manage to pick out books I actually would like. Granted, I believe she got this one from a co-worker, but frankly I just hated it so much. And it was generally just creepy, with a ghost in the well and some other sketchy stuff that I’ve conveniently managed to block out.
1. You by Caroline Kepnes
And coming out as number one on my list is You by Caroline Kepnes, which should really come as no surprise because it’s the most realistic creepy novel on this list. This person, the character with the dangerous and stalker-like obsession, with the volatile emotions and unpredictable rage is someone who could truly exist. We could meet and know this person. And that, honestly, is the scariest thing of all.
And that’s it for this list! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! Happy reading!