Once upon a midnight dreary...

If you've been puttering around these parts for I don't know - a week - you could've predicted that the FallOWeen kick off would contain books in some way.   

As I mentioned in an earlier post, fall is my favorite time to kick back with a dark and dreary read and a cup of something hot. So it should come as no surprise that I'm all for breaking out some horror (or at least fantastically creepy) reads for the season! 

Here are some perfect Halloween reads, many of which I intend to read this season (denoted by an "*"). Also, check out the cool video montage at the end for some awesome book cover porn :)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I feel the urge to reread Wuthering Heights every year around this time (hence why we chose it for the book club last October) because it's dark, dreary and all about how love can be destructive, which I admit isn't per se sexy but the passion seriously drips off these pages. If you'd like to read a darker story, but prefer to stay out of the horror category, read (or reread) this classic!

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey*

I recently purchased books 2-4 of this series, which is a little presumptuous I admit, but I just know I'm gonna love it.  William Henry has seen a lot as an assistant to a doctor who studies monsters, a monstrumologist, so he's rarely surprised - that is until he is. Forgive my overly dramatic summary :)

The Shining by Stephen King*

I have wanted to pick up this creepy read by the King of Horror himself for years now, but every time I get around to it, the season is practically over. Not this year. This year I am determined to get to it. Telling the story of Danny, who was 5 years old when his visions at his father's hotel started getting out of control, The Shining is touted as King's best horror story, and with a premise akin to "haunted hotel", I expect to be in for some spooky times. 

Anna Dressed in Blood duology by Kendare Blake *

I enjoyed Anna Dressed In Blood so much last year that I plan to reread it and then move onto the sequel, Girl of Nightmares. Cas, like his father before him, travels the world to kill the dead. But when he encounters Anna Dressed in Blood, the ghost that kills anyone who enters her house, he gets more than he expected - a formidable opponent who for some reason spares his life. I'm so ready to reread this!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness*

 It's about time that I read a novel by Patrick Ness and although his recent tome, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (released 10/6), looks damn good, A Monster Calls is so well loved in the book community and seems perfect for the season.  Not so much a horror read as much as a sad one, or so I've heard, A Monster Calls tells the story of a young boy grappling with his feelings, the fact that his mother is dying, and the monster that shows up in his backyard. 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know the story of Jekyll, doctor who develops a poison to unleash his evil side. It's another classic that is creepy but not quite horrific, so it's perfect for readers who can't stomach too much gore. 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein was a favorite of mine as a teen (cue teen angst jokes of massive proportions) , and although I haven't reread it in a while, it still holds a special place in my memory. It was one of the first classics that I really felt like I could relate to. I'm not sure what that says about teenage Kari but eh, nostalgic none the less. 

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice*

Did I say that Frankenstein was a teen favorite? Because then I was obsessed with Anne Rice's first 3 novels in the Vampire Chronicles! Anne Rice weaves an exotic and insanely entertaining tale regarding the deepest confessions of a vampire and I eat it right up!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You guys, I still cannot get into this novel because I cannot bring myself to care that Amy has disappeared after the first chapter. And I mean, what's the point of continuing with the story if you just don't care? Nonetheless, it is a well loved adult novel and I've heard fantastic things about both the book and the movie.  

You by Caroline Kepnes*

I've heard that this book is "seriously fucked up" from many people and strangely enough, that makes me even more interested. You combines a obsessive stalker with the over-sharing of social media for a creepy and real read. Also, it's written in second person and as I've never read a novel from that POV, I'm very intrigued. And it's blurbed by Stephen King. 

Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe*

It's Poe. Need I say more? My tattered copy of this is well-loved, which you probably guessed from the title of this post :)

Do you judge a book by it's cover like me? Check out all the fantastically creepy covers for my recommendations in the video below!

If you've written any fall, Halloween or October related posts lately, please do link them below! I'd love to read them.

Have you read any of these books? Better yet, do you have any other recommendations?