Books to scare you silly this Halloween

Some of my favourite stories are ones that creep me out and send a chill down my spine. When I was a kid there weren’t many authors who wrote horror stories or ghost stories. R.L. Stine’s books were about the creepiest I could find and he’s still writing them today. If you look up R.L. Stine in the library catalogue, you’ll find we have 182 of his books (in paper book, eBook and audiobook format) in the library!

Cover of Maleficent Seven Cover of Spooks Cover of The beast

If you like horror stories, ghost stories or stories about the supernatural there are now lots of authors who write these stories. Some of my favourite seriously scary authors are:

You could also try these searches in the library catalogue:

Grab a book by one of these authors and scare yourself silly!

More Halloween stuff

Check out our page on Halloween crafts, costumes, and trick-or-treating.

Come and join in the Halloween fun at South Library from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 31 October.  Free activities including Story time with a Halloween theme, craft, treasure hunt and more. Suitable for families with children aged from 2 to 10.


3 thoughts on “Books to scare you silly this Halloween

  1. Juliet 15 October 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Donna, how about another post: ‘Books to put you in the right country this Beltane.’

    While Halloween is taking place in the southern hemisphere, in New Zealand Aotearoa this is not the season of death, it is the season of growth! October 30 is the seasonal festival of Whiringanuku and Beltane, peak greening, resurrection and rejoicing – a very different energy. It’s all there in my book ‘Celebrating the Southern Seasons’, and its sequel ‘Dancing with the Seasons.’
    I look forward to a time when phrases such as ‘this Halloween’ get dropped altogether, or at least are preceded by the words ‘northern hemisphere’. Maybe you, as a progressive library running a fantastic blog, could lead the way?

    PS I highlighted these issues in my newsletter last October:

  2. alinaccl 15 October 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Frances Hardinge’s books are fantastically creepy, especially Well Wished/Verdigris Deep (for older kids) and Cuckoo Song and The Lie Tree for 12+. And for some psychological horror try anything by Stephanie Kuehn (teens only!).

    I do like the Lockwood and co books, but I got irritated at the lack of girls other than Lucy (all other girls are portrayed as beautiful villains), plus Lucy is so googly eyed about Lockwood despite him being super arrogant and never telling anyone anything important, and every time George is mentioned it’s preceded by “fat” or “stuffing his face”.

    …Okay, maybe I don’t like the books so much. It’s a shame because I do like the actual ghost-busting parts.

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