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!
Honk if you love ergot poisoning! -Emily
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
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
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