5 Great Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

Date: 2012-10-09

Ready to curl up and read this Halloween season?  It’s the perfect time of year to really get into a scary book… Halloween is on its way, the chill is in the air, and the days are getting shorter.  Cozy up with your favorite Fall drink and check out these 5 books below that will get your blood pumping:


      1.      The Shining by Stephen King

This is a classic!  Also timely, Stephen King just announced that he’ll be writing a sequel to this one so it’s a great time to read it!


About this book: The Overlook Hotel is more than just a home-away-from-home for the Torrance family.  For Jack, Wendy, and their young son, Danny, it is a place where past horrors come to life.  And where those gifted with the shining do battle with the darkest evils.  Stephen King's classic thriller is one of the most powerfully imagined novels of our time.


 2.      Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Inside the Minds of Killers by Dorothy Otnow Lewis

What’s scarier than actually peering into the mind of a real-life serial killer?  This book will give you insight into the minds of actual killers. 


About this book: A psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on violence, Dorothy Otnow Lewis has spent the last quarter century studying the minds of killers.  Among the notorious murderers she has examined are Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon.  Now she shares her groundbreaking discoveries--and the chilling encounters that led to them.

From a juvenile court in Connecticut to the psychiatric wards of New York City's Bellevue Hospital, from maximum security prisons to the corridors of death row, Lewis and her colleague, the eminent neurologist Jonathan Pincus, search to understand the origins of violence.


3. The Dark by James Herbert


 About this book: It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night, a small girl smiled as her mother burned.  Asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants.  In slimy tunnels, once-human creatures gathered.  Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.


4.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson


About this book:  The author intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.  Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.


   5.  John Dies at the End by David Wong

  Start reading this book now because they plan to have the movie version out by February 2013. 



Book description:  Two wisecracking slackers attempt to thwart an invasion by supernatural beings.  When smart but troubled video-store employee David gets a peculiar late-night phone call from a friend, he assumes John is just having another of his semi-regular drug or alcohol-induced freak-outs.  But as progressively more bizarre events unfold over the next few hours, David realizes that things are different this time.  It turns out John had spent the preceding evening with a man with a fake Jamaican accent named Robert Marley and had taken a strange drug called Soy Sauce, which gives users incredibly heightened awareness—along with a few odd side effects that all too often include a grisly demise.  By the next afternoon, David has also inadvertently taken some Soy Sauce, been dragged to the police station for questioning about a series of gruesome deaths and received another odd call from John, after John has expired in the interview room next door.  Things only gets stranger from there, as David and John (who doesn’t stay dead for long) discover they are the thin, oddball line of defense between life as we know it on this planet and dark invaders from somewhere else entirely.


Enjoy these reads and if you choose to read them before bed, beware of creepy dreams!  We’d love to hear what you thought of these books if you read them!  What are some of your favorite scary books that you’ve read that you would recommend?


Eric Wallor


Marathon Books 


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