Up All Night to Get Spooky

Obligatory though it may be, every year we jump at the chance to compile a list of horror novels, spooky children's books, spine-tingling comics, and other Halloween-flavored miscellany. Personally, I've found myself reading more and more horror in the past few years, even as (or perhaps because) our waking reality has proved so frequently terrifying. We are thrilled to share some of our favorite scary reads, and we promise that they will thrill you too.

First off, we have the Christmas Ghost Story series from Biblioasis. These reprints are feature fresh, eye-catching design and illustration by Canadian cartoonist Seth. They're perfect to read anytime October through December!

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780984469314
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - November 1st, 2010

Honk if you love ergot poisoning! -Emily


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The Last House on Needless Street By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250812643
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Tor Nightfire - September 20th, 2022

It won't just be the numerous reveals that leave your head spinning after this book, but the fascinating, exquisitely-voiced narrators (including ,yes, the gay Christian housecat). If you want a straightforward horror-thriller you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for something strange, disturbing, and beautiful you'll enjoy your time in this house. -Graham


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Fever Dream: A Novel By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

A dialogue between a dying mother and a boy who is dead or alive or a ghost or imaginary. Schweblin's narrative unspools in a continuous, unbroken thread of paragraphs, with phrases repeating like banshee chants. Fever Dream is an irreducible work, the kind that lingers in your mind far longer than any mere mass of words should. -Hank


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Cold Hand in Mine By Robert Aickman, Reece Shearsmith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Robert Aickman, Reece Shearsmith (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780571311743
Availability: Backordered
Published: Faber & Faber - August 9th, 2016

Aickman is unsung, as 20th-Century horror writers go. Maybe he was an influence on your favorite horror writer, or on their favorite. But his work holds up shockingly well, feeling contemporary in its inscrutability. Governed by slow-building, subcutaneous dread rather than any particular logic or lore, these stories climax in quiet, inexplicable tableaus that stay burned in your mind. I'm just getting into Aickman so I can't tell you which of his other collections might be a better entry point, but I can tell you this one worked just fine for me. -Graham


Spontaneous Human Combustion By Richard Thomas Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684427543
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Keylight Books - February 22nd, 2022

What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes By Eric LaRocca Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781803361499
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Titan Books - September 6th, 2022

There's a Ghost In This House By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780593466186
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Philomel Books - November 2nd, 2021

They Drown Our Daughters By Katrina Monroe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728248202
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - July 12th, 2022

Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781421590561
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 20th, 2016

The Liminal Zone (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781974726448
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 26th, 2022

Super-Dimensional Love Gun By Shintaro Kago Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781634429429
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Denpa Books - June 25th, 2019