Top Ten Creepy (Not Scary) Books to Read on Halloween

This post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a very low tolerance for scary things. Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None scared the pants off me as a teenager, and I have never picked up a Stephen King book in my life. Still, there are times when something a little creepy is called for. And that’s where this list comes in!

  1. Doll Bones. This book probably won’t scare you (though it might scare your kids), but it has a hefty dose of weirdness. A china doll filled with the ashes of a dead child? How could that not be creepy?
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I found this one surprisingly not creepy, but it definitely has a bit of a gothic feel.
  3. Jane Eyre. Speaking of gothic… This classic has unexpected touches of the supernatural, and don’t tell me you weren’t a little creeped out by the twists and turns of the story the first time you read it.
  4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Neil Gaiman is king of the unsettling atmosphere, and this book would be a perfect Halloween read.
  5. The Graveyard Book. On the other end of the Neil Gaiman spectrum is this children’s book, which is adorable and also happens to be set in a graveyard. (Bonus: You can listen to Neil Gaiman himself read the whole book on YouTube, and it is amazing.)
  6. N or M? Although I found And Then There Were None to be waaaaaay too creepy for me, I do love Agatha Christie, and I couldn’t complete this list without one of her books. I’ve selected my favorite Tommy and Tuppence book, in which the awesome couple goes undercover to find a top-level spy during WWII.
  7. The Book Thief. Just by virtue of being narrated by death (and because this is a wonderful book).
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’ve never been into celebrating Halloween, but this holiday just screams Harry Potter to me, and this book was the creepiest of the bunch.
  9. Chasing Vermeer. I found this book about art theft and strange patterns to be surprisingly creepy in places. And the illustrations are beautiful.
  10. The Three Investigators series. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock probably has a place on a creepy books list, and these mysteries were full of suspense without being terrifying.

What books would you add to this list? Do you prefer creepy or scary?

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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