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Spooky Stories and Halloween Books for Adults

Spooky stories come in all shapes and sizes, whether you're looking for some twisted thrillers to unnerve you, deadly horrors to shock you or creepy Gothic novels to enthral you, we've got them all. There are many horror classics and exciting, new scary stories to grip you this Halloween so if you're stuck for choice, then look no further. We've put together a list of the best spooky stories and Halloween books for adults that are sure to keep you up all night long...


Spooky stories come in all shapes and sizes, whether you're looking for some twisted thrillers to unnerve you, deadly horrors to shock you or creepy Gothic novels to enthral you, we've got them all.


1. Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and still remains an influence on so many books, novels and stage shows today. Often considered the very first science fiction novel, it tells the story of young scientist Victor Frankenstein and the tortured creature he creates then rejects... This is a classic gothic horror novel about human nature and the pursuit of knowledge.

2. Dracula

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 Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker's classic horror novel is the standout vampire novel of literature. When Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to do business with the creepy Count Dracula, little does he know the chaos and danger that is about to unfold as the novel swifts back to Victorian London with the elusive vampire on the loose. Why not rediscover or delve into this spooky classic this Halloween to explore the original story for yourself?


3. American Psycho

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Bret Easton Ellis

This sinister black comedy about Patrick Bateman, a successful New York businessman and violent serial killer, is an exploration of the darker side of humanity. The novel is narrated by Patrick and through his words you can see into the mind of a psychopath. Deeply disturbing and unnerving, this creepy story shows what it really means to be evil.

4. I Saw a Man

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Owen Sheers

Michael Turner moved to London after the death of his wife and developed a close bond with the family that live next door. Through them he experiences the love and warmth of the family he may never have, but then something bad happens and Michael finds himself dealing with more grief and guilt than ever before. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller you will find yourself questioning the limits of redemption and struggling to ever put the book down.


5. I Am Legend

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Richard Matheson

After a pandemic that has turned nearly the entire human race into vampire-like creatures, Robert Neville stands alone as the last man alive on Earth. He is both the hunter and the hunted as the vampires aim to feast upon him. Dive into this frighteningly fascinating science fiction horror story to find out if Robert can survive in this dangerous and lonely world.

6. The Woman in Black

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Susan Hill

This popular ghost story tells the story of Arthur Kipps' visits to the sinister Eel Marsh House to organise the affairs of the recently deceased Mrs Drablow. Once there spooky activity begins to occur as Arthur learns the chilling story of The Woman in Black. The stage play and film have been thrilling audiences for years and now you can discover where it all began in this creepy Gothic ghost story.


7. The Winter Children

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Lulu Taylor

Olivia and Dan are excited to move their young family into Renniston Hall after finally having twins following years of IVF. The Elizabethan Hall that used to be a boarding school is a beautiful place but hides a dark truth, and the family have a secret of their own that is about to come out...


8. Carrie

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Stephen King

Rediscover Stephen King's debut novel about Carrie, a misfit teen with the telekinetic powers. She takes revenge on those that have wronged her in this frightening and shocking horror novel by one of the greatest horror writers the world has seen. This controversial book is a must when you're in need of some creepy Halloween reading.

9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Shirley Jackson

This twisted tale of murder and love sees family ties tested in what is often considered to be Shirley Jackson's best book. After their whole family are poisoned, sisters Merricat and Constance go and live with their Uncle Julian. After being accused of the murders, Constance is acquitted but those around her still believe her to be guilty and with the arrival of their dangerous cousin Charles, Merricat takes it upon herself to protect her sister whatever the cost. This dark and haunting novel has been captivating readers for years so check out this sinister story for yourself.

10. The Snowman

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Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo's heart-pounding thriller, now a film starring Michael Fassbender, sees detective, Harry Hole, on one of his most frightening cases yet. One night a boy wakes up to find his mother has disappeared and in the garden he sees his mother's scarf draped around the neck of a single snowman. As more women disappear, Harry becomes more disturbed by the complicated web this mysterious serial killer has started weaving. Eerie and atmospheric, The Snowman is sure to put chills down your spine this Halloween.


If you love spooky stories then check out our full range of horror and ghost stories or, if you prefer thrillers for your creepy reading, then take a look at all our crime, mystery and thriller books.

Halloween books for adults

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • The Winter Children by Lulu Taylor
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo