Spooky season is finally here, and that means fresh morning strolls to the local coffee shop and curling up with a good book. Not sure what to read? We’ve got you covered! Here are some underrated reading to get you in the Halloween spirit!
1. hooky Series by Miriam Bonastre Tur
This webtoon-turned graphic novel follows twins Dani and Dorian as they learn to use their powers and navigate a world that hates witches. With the help of their friends Monica and Nico, they discover that their witch ancestors may have a dark past. The twins must learn to overcome the prejudices they face from non-magical people and defeat the powerful witches who perpetuate the bad stereotypes held against them. Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a children’s series – it seriously strikes the perfect balance of heartbreaking and heartwarming. This series is about trauma, overcoming social oppression and learning to love yourself. It’s the perfect blend of creepiness with a cozy, warm, amicable goodness. This would be a great book to read while sitting down to a slice of apple pie after a long day of apple picking!
2. My best friend’s exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Now we’re going to get a little scarier. My best friend’s exorcism is a teen drama set in the 80’s about two best friends, Gretchen and Abby, who meet a rift in their friendship after a horrific incident one night in which Gretchen is wandering around the woods alone and acting strange. With the only explanation being demonic possession, Abby must decipher the root of her best friend’s possession and exorcise the demon. This book has all the cheesy ’80s horror movie goodness but without the oversaturated amount of jump scares. In this book, Hendrix uses trope in a new, refreshing way, giving readers the traditional horror story but with an unexpected twist. This is the perfect Halloween book to read by candlelight on a cold, misty evening.
3. The girl in white by Lindsay Currie
This is a newly released chapter book for children, but again don’t let the fact that this is a children’s book put you off. Remember goose flesh? Yes, that brings the same kind of terror even into my adult life. The girl in white follows a young girl named Mallory who moves to a town known for being the most haunted place in the country called Eastport. Mallory doubts the haunting claims until she is haunted in her dreams by a woman dressed in white. As the nightmares intensify and the line between her dream life and reality begins to blur, Mallory has no choice but to believe the haunted tales about her new home. Readers follow Mallory as she tries to uncover the truth about her nightmares and the legends that surround the city. Imagine reading this book while curled up by the fireplace with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand – heavenly! Or should I say hell…
4. The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
This has to be the scariest book on our list! The Death of Jane Lawrence is the perfect mix of Dark Academia and horror. Throughout the book we follow Jane Shoringfield, a girl who is looking for a husband and lives in a slightly different Victorian England where magic exists. Jane eventually marries the mysterious Augustine Lawrence, who warns her against visiting his estate. When Jane is unexpectedly forced to spend the night there, she learns of a tale of ghosts and blood in the mansion and must survive the nightmare. During her time on the estate, Jane encounters apparitions, blood, and dark magic, among other things. This gothic tale is the perfect book to read aloud as a late night ghost story around the campfire, surrounded by the creaking trees in the howling wind…