Fall is finally here! ‘Tis the season to be a little creeped out and unsettled. I’m not at all into blood and gore, but I do love the haunted, eerie atmosphere that this time of the year brings. Instead of going to see horror movies or walk through haunted houses where a hacked-up man is going to jump out of a wall with a chainsaw, I’d prefer to be immersed in the atmospheric worlds inside books until my own house feels full of ghosts and just a little bit off. Curl up under the covers with these chilling books that’ll get under your skin, but not make you want to run away screaming.
1. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This spooky graphic novel features tales about lonely walks in the snow, creepy houses, buried brothers, and other sinister fairytales. The stunning art will lure you in until the late hours of the night.
2. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
This cozy series will whisk you off to the magical world of faerie. A group of siblings find a secret library in the decrepit estate that they’ve moved into, which then leads them to find an old book, and that’s when the magic and danger begin.
3. The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
Alys sees soul eaters, abandoned twin sisters who grew into something not quite human. The soul eaters are believed to be guided by the Beast. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys.
4. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
This one is for fans of Coraline. Steve wants to save his sick baby brother. In order to do this, he begins to make deals. Things take a turn for the strange and disturbing when he realizes who he’s making deals with in his dreams.
5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand
This is a dark and romantic retelling of The Nutcracker that will enchant you to a magical world with plenty of love and intrigue along the way.
6. Tithe by Holly Black
This faerie tale involves deep rivalries between kingdoms, placing sixteen-year-old Kaye at the center of the battle. Obviously, these are not normal faeries—they’re up to much more diabolical ploys in this story.