We’re nearing the end of October and with that, the conclusion of spooky season. But fear not, spooky readers. Horror and suspense novels do not have to be seasonal. These three books are creative masterpieces filled with relevant themes, complex characters, and plenty of thrill. Whether it’s October or May, you’ll want to have these novels on your bookshelf.
In many cultures, the end of October brings celebrations to mark not only the changing of the seasons, but to honor and recognize those that have gone before us. Many believe that there is a thinning of the barrier between the physical and spiritual world that can lead to inexplicable—and sometimes frightening—encounters. If you enjoy a little scare without directly experiencing a visit from the spirit world, check out the books below!
Be ready to buy a night light when you pick up Philip Tice’s new book, High Strangeness: Tales from the Edge of the Unknown. This book is compiled of 10 short stories that will be sure to make your spine tingle. “High strangeness” refers to the hidden beings or entities among us. Like a UFO or a real-life mystery having a quality of being peculiar, bizarre, or utterly absurd. This collection of stories and poems expands on this concept.
With the end of summer drawing nigh, I can’t help but be excited for Fall and all it entails—the cooler temps, apple and pumpkin picking at a local farm, apple cider donuts, and Halloween! Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up, and I especially loved reading books to immerse myself into the spirit of the season. Now I’m able to share my love of this time of year with my son, and there’s no better way than snuggling up on the couch in the evening with him and one of these fun, spooky books!